Development Spotlight

July 24, 2005

The Rabbit Barn at Carroll County Agricultural Center

Location: 700 Agricultural Drive, Westminster

Engineer: Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani, LLC, Baltimore

Description: The plan calls for a 3,520-square-foot pole building to be constructed near the Ag Center's Danele Shipley Arena. The building will be used to house and display rabbits during the Carroll County 4-H Fair and for shows throughout the year. The barn's design meets standards for ventilation and housing rabbits.

The family of Ellen Marie Roche is donating the barn, estimated to cost about $135,000, in her name. Roche, who was active in 4-H throughout her childhood, died four years ago after participating in a Johns Hopkins medical study of how the lungs of healthy people work differently from those of asthmatics. She was 24.

Status: The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan last week. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2006 fair. For more information, call the county Planning Department at 410-386-2145.

Objections/comments: The county scheduled a public hearing on the project late last year. Staff has not received any comment or letters concerning the barn.

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