Redevelopment of ex-Navy camp in Cecil moves closer to reality

April 11, 2004|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Town officials in Perryville and Port Deposit are close to reaching an agreement on a new regional water system that would remove the last major hurdle to one of the biggest development projects in the state: the redevelopment of the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center.

State, county, town and Bainbridge Development Corp. officials say the towns are close to resolving their difficult off-and-on negotiations of the past four years and agreeing on a joint-use water system.

"We are working on [a memorandum of understanding] and we could reach an agreement in mid-April or a week or so later," said Perryville Mayor Steven Pearson.

"In June or July of 2006, we could be up and running with a new water plant," Pearson said, which would add capacity to Perryville's system while supplying water to Port Deposit. The new system also would pump water to the 1,600-acre former Navy boot camp on a hill above Port Deposit and overlooking the Susquehanna River.

The failure to reach agreement on water and sewerage was blamed for killing an earlier, ambitious development plan for Bainbridge.

In December, the BDC approved a new team of Maryland developers to revitalize the property. The team is moving ahead with plans for a $750 million mixed-use residential and industrial complex at Bainbridge.

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