High court hears arguments about college's Arundel site

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 08, 2006|By ANICA BUTLER

The Maryland Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday on whether Sojourner-Douglass College's Anne Arundel County campus should be torn down.

A panel of judges listened to the attorney for an Edgewater community argue that building the school violated a 30-year community covenant that restricted development. The developer and his attorney say the school meets the terms of the covenant. The building also houses KIPP Harbor Academy, a charter school, but neither it nor the college is a party in the suit.

Supporters of the college and members of civil rights groups filled the courtroom during the proceeding, and said afterward that they were hopeful that the panel of judges would not order the school torn down.

The judges did not indicate when they would issue a ruling on the case.

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