County to retain Bates name for housing project

November 18, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Anne Arundel County officials have decided to retain the name of Wiley H. Bates for the senior housing complex and community center to be built on the site of the old Bates High School, which served African-Americans during segregation.

Work on the $21 million redevelopment, funded by public and private sources, will begin next year. It will contain 71 senior housing apartments, a county-managed senior center and a Boys and Girls Club.

The 16-acre site in western Annapolis, which also will include landscaped grounds, parking, walkways and ball fields, will be called Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park after the entrepreneur who donated $500 to help buy the land in the 1930s.

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