Harford County officials and Maryland state troopers gathered with community leaders in Edgewood yesterday to start construction of a $1.6 million Police Athletic League center that is expected to open by year's end.
The roughly 11,500-square -foot building will feature the nation's first PAL center sponsored by a state police barracks, as well as a day care and community recreation center.
"It's a `10' on a scale of one to 10," said Sandy Galloway, a member of the PAL board and the Edgewood Community Council.
Lt. Terry Taylor, commander of the Benson barracks near Bel Air, said about 450 school-age children are registered at the center, housed in a storefront at Edgewater Village Shopping Center.
The county is providing the $1.6 million for the building, and Silver Street Development Corp., which manages the adjacent Lakeview Apartments, contributed $600,000 to build the day care center. The county plans to contract with a nonprofit agency to provide day care services.
The PAL board is leading a drive to raise more than $1 million for an adjoining gymnasium, Galloway said. About $300,000 has been received, including $200,000 from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and about $30,000 from the Route 40 Business Association.