Deal near on housing development at former site of Annapolis hospital

October 17, 2002|By Amanda J. Crawford and Andrea F. Siegel | Amanda J. Crawford and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The developers of the residential project planned for the former hospital site in downtown Annapolis expect to reach a compromise with opponents that would allow it to go forward.

Alan J. Hyatt, the developers' attorney, and Joseph F. Devlin, an attorney representing six Murray Hill residents who have appealed the project's approval, said yesterday that they could finalize a deal in about a week to dismiss the legal challenge.

"We have reached an agreement in principle that three units would be eliminated from the project," said Hyatt, who represents the development group led by northern Virginia-based Madison Homes.

The agreement would reduce the number of units in the development of condominiums, town houses and single-family houses from 114 to 111. The developers originally sought approval from the city for 130 homes on the 4.5-acre site.

The two sides are working out the pact's wording, Hyatt said.

The development's opponents - part of a group known as Acton's Landing Area Residents Monitor, or ALARM - filed an appeal in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in June, seeking to overturn the approval by the city's Board of Appeals.

ALARM has charged that the project does not have enough green space and does not fit well into the quiet, century-old neighborhood of mostly single-family homes.

The pact would not affect the 84-unit condominium building on Cathedral Street. If the agreement is reached, it would leave the condominium building, 11 single-family houses, a duplex and 14 town houses.

Demolition of most of the existing buildings had been planned for the spring, after Anne Arundel Medical Center moved in December.

If an agreement is reached and the project gets the approval of the city's Historic Preservation Commission, demolition could begin by spring or summer, Hyatt said.

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