Harford announces $50 million development

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 24, 2006

Harford County officials announced yesterday plans for a $50 million mixed housing development on the site of dilapidated former military housing in Edgewood, part of a broader effort to foster redevelopment along the U.S. 40 corridor.

Washington Court, a 26-acre tract located near the Edgewood gate of Aberdeen Proving Ground, would feature nearly 300 homes and would include a community center and athletic fields.

With a military base realignment expected to direct thousands of jobs to the area, County Executive David R. Craig has been emphasizing revitalization of older communities. Standing in front of one of Washington Court's brick, boarded-up buildings, Craig called the project the "spark for future development."

Justin Fenton

Anne Arundel: Fort Meade

Burned building can be repaired

A military intelligence building at Fort Meade that was scorched in a six-alarm blaze is structurally safe and can be repaired, a spokesman said yesterday.

Investigators are still searching for the cause of the fire that broke out Friday afternoon in Nathan Hale Hall. The three-story, red brick building, built in 1929 as barracks, housed the administrative offices of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group, which conducts counterintelligence.

The building was immediately evacuated. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

It took firefighters more than 12 hours to extinguish the blaze, which was fanned by heavy winds.

Jennifer Downing, a spokeswoman for Fort Meade, said that damage estimates could come today.

Cleanup is proceeding more quickly than expected, said Col. Christopher Winne, commander of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group.

"Although this disaster was devastating, we are well on our way to recovery," he said. "We had a plan in place, which was implemented for continuity of operations."

Nia-Malika Henderson

Baltimore: Car crashes

Two passengers die; alcohol, speed cited

Police said that they believe alcohol and speed contributed to the deaths of two passengers early yesterday in Northwest Baltimore when a car struck a bus stop sign before crashing into two unoccupied vehicles.

Police said Donald Eugene Bailey, 47, of the 5500 block of Cadillac Ave. was driving a 2005 Ford sedan south in the 3900 block of Reisterstown Road about 2 a.m. when he crossed the solid yellow line, entered the northbound lane and struck the sign before swerving back across the road into two parked vehicles.

Thrown from the Ford and pronounced dead at the scene were Donnetta Lee Bailey, 20, of the 3800 block of W. Belvedere Ave. and Dana Devon Miller, 28, of the 2300 block of Eutaw Place.

Police said the driver was in critical condition at Sinai Hospital.

Police said the driver and Donnetta Bailey were related. The crash remains under investigation.

Richard Irwin

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