City / County Digest


March 01, 2007

Arundel decides not to buy treatment plant

Anne Arundel County will take a pass on buying the Piney Orchard sewage treatment plant, allowing a developer to pursue his plan to build 1,600 homes near Fort Meade, County Executive John R. Leopold said yesterday.

While a deal brokered this week by John C. Stamato gave the county the right of first refusal to purchase the wastewater plant from Constellation Energy, Anne Arundel has enough sewage capacity in that area and upgrading the plant would be too costly, Leopold said.

The decision clears the way for Stamato to assume control of the facility this summer. He intends to use the plant to provide service for his proposed $500 million Arundel Gateway project.

Stamato would seek to bring sewage lines west three miles toward a mostly barren two-mile strip of Route 198, where he wants to build 1,600 homes and a town center on 300 acres abutting the Patuxent Research Refuge.

Leopold said the county would not help to bear the estimated $10 million cost of extending the sewage line, but he's committed to helping Stamato negotiate with the National Park Service to bring water lines from Maryland City across the federally controlled Baltimore-Washington Parkway to the project site.

"In that sense, I am trying to be helpful," Leopold said.

The County Council must approve changes to the county's sewage master plan and the project site's industrial zoning to make the project a reality.

Stamato estimated that it would take two to three years to bring the utilities there. By then, the county likely will have completed a review of its growth blueprint, the General Development Plan, and Stamato will have gotten his zoning change.

"I am always an optimist," Stamato said.

Phillip McGowan

Baltimore: 25th Street

Portion of road closes until May 1

Baltimore transportation officials are planning to close a portion of 25th Street from today until about May 1. The closure - from Garrett Avenue to Aisquith Street - is needed for sewer line construction, according to officials. As a detour, eastbound traffic will be sent to Bonaparte Avenue, north on Sherwood Avenue, and then back to 25th Street. Traffic on Harford Road seeking to get onto westbound 25th Street will be directed south on Harford Road, west on Bonaparte Avenue and then back to 25th Street.

Loyola College

Sacco and Vanzetti to be lecture topic

A lecture examining the 1920s trial and execution of two Italian-born anarchists is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Loyola College. Deborah Contrada, an associate professor and director of the Italian program at the University of Iowa, will deliver the lecture, "Truth Justice and All That Stuff: Sacco & Vanzetti and the American Way." The lecture, which will be held in the fourth-floor program room in the Andrew White Student Center, ends Loyola's seventh annual Italian Week. The college is at 4501 N. Charles St.


Free University offers open house

The Baltimore Free University will hold a "meet the instructors" event for its spring semester adult education courses from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St. Registration for the university will continue through March 15. Cost is typically $10 per course, with some additional fees for materials. For information, call 410-235-2210 or go to www.jhu. edu/csc/baltimore_free_u. html.

Charter schools to hold job fair

The Maryland Charter School Network will hold a job fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 10 at Sojourner-Douglass College, 500 N. Caroline St. in Baltimore. Charter school operators will be at the fair to interview administrators and teachers interested in staff positions at charter schools throughout the state. There is no admission charge and parking is free for applicants. For more information, contact Wendy Costa at or call 410-648-5103.

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