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January 24, 2007


The Navy has begun accepting lease offers for an 857-acre former dairy farm in Gambrills, formally making available the pastoral tract for a state horse park, a mining operation, an organic farm or other uses.

The Navy received expressions of interest from six parties early last year, including one from the Maryland Stadium Authority, which seeks to open a state-run equestrian center featuring a visitors center, a museum, a climate-controlled equestrian show ring with 2,500 fixed seats, and stables for 840 horses.

The other initial proposals were from Chaney Enterprises and Reliable Contracting Co. Inc., which have a joint proposal to create a sand-and-gravel mine; Maryland Sunrise Farms LLC, the current leaseholder of the Gambrills property; Chesterfield Farms, a Crofton-based operation, which also wants to maintain an organic farm; and the Halle Cos., which has not elaborated on its plans.


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