Sykesville gets help with project costs

April 11, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Sykesville's efforts to renovate aging hospital buildings at the Warfield Complex into a business and academic center received a $300,000 boost from the Carroll County commissioners yesterday.

The commissioners unanimously approved a $300,000 grant and made Carroll a partner with the town and state in the restoration of the Warfield Complex. The state recently budgeted $100,000 for the effort, bringing Maryland's contribution to nearly $400,000.

"The county has given us the spark to start the fire," said Sykesville Mayor Jonathan S. Herman. "You don't do a $20 million project without upfront costs."

The town of 4,200 annexed the 96-acre property along Route 32 two years ago and plans to restore the 14 buildings and lease them, sharing the profits with its partners.

Warfield could be a boon to Carroll's economic development. It promises as many as 1,200 jobs and several construction projects, including an 80-room hotel.

The money will cover costs of engineering and architectural studies and legal fees involved in the acquisition of Warfield, once part of state-owned Springfield Hospital Center.

The town can cut its initial infrastructure costs by working alongside the state, which has begun designing its Police Training Center in Warfield's two largest buildings.

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