City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 04, 2006

Tentative deal on tract at Crownsville

The Crownsville Hospital Center campus will not land in the hands of developers, and more than a dozen nonprofit organizations can keep their offices there, according to a tentative deal hammered out yesterday by Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Future ownership of the 648-acre state property remains undecided. Owens, a Democrat, said she and Ehrlich, a Republican, will meet again next week to discuss whether the county will take over the grounds of the former psychiatric hospital and, if so, who will pay for an estimated $25 million environmental cleanup.

Owens asked to meet with Ehrlich after the state agency that oversees the property, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, threatened in February to remove the nonprofits - including drug treatment facilities and a food bank - to prepare the land for a potential sale.

The agency's move was in response to Owens' decision in January to reject the state's offer to assume control of the campus, which includes 61 mostly historic brick buildings.

Owens called her accord with the governor "an extraordinary first step."

A spokesman for the governor could not be reached for comment.

Phillip McGowan

Baltimore: Donations

$300,000 awarded to local food banks

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the Baltimore Orioles yesterday awarded $300,000 to be divided equally among five area food banks - the result of an April 1 exhibition game the team played against the Washington Nationals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The team donated ticket sales and concessions, and the Weinberg Foundation gave a matching amount, according to a representative of the foundation. The money will go to the Franciscan Center, Helping Up Mission, Knox Presbyterian Church, Moveable Feast and Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church.

Lecture

`On Your Own' series is topic of talk

The University of Maryland's School of Social Work is set to hold its 16th Louise Ratner and Abraham Makofsky Child Welfare Lecture at 9 a.m. tomorrow in the school's auditorium, 525 W. Redwood St. The lecture will be delivered by Sun reporter Liz Bowie and Sun photographer AndrM-i Chung, who produced the series "On Their Own" last year focusing on a pair of homeless students in the city schools. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required at 410-706-5354.

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