October 26, 2007

School to buy 22 acres at Rosewood for building

The Shoshana S. Cardin School plans to pay the state $550,000 for a 22-acre parcel to build a school on the Rosewood property in Owings Mills, school officials said yesterday.

The school, which officials said is the only independent Jewish high school in the Baltimore area, recently reached an agreement with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore to acquire the organization's right to buy the land, said Howard A. Janet, chairman of Cardin's board of trustees.

"The location is fabulous," Janet said. "It's prime real estate in the heart of Owings Mills that will serve as our permanent campus."

Janet said the total cost of the project, including demolishing existing buildings and construction, is likely to run into the "seven-figure range."

Shoshana S. Cardin, immediate past chairwoman of the trustee board and the former teacher after whom the school is named, said she hopes the new facility can open as soon as September 2009. But, she said, depending on how long the demolition process takes, it could be September 2010 when the school opens.

Cardin School, which was founded in 2003, has been operating in temporary quarters at the Temple Oheb Shalom on Park Heights Avenue in Pikesville, she said. The school's first class of 29 students graduated in June.

The school enrolls 74 students in ninth through 12th grades and employs 30 staff and faculty members. The new facility would enable the school to expand enrollment to at least 250 students, Janet said.

The school also would be able to offer a greater variety of classes and is expected to include a performing arts center, separate laboratories for science, math and language classes and art studios on the Rosewood site, said Barbie Price, head of the school.

The land that the Cardin School has agreed to purchase is not part of the campus that houses the Rosewood Center, a 119-year-old state institution for the developmentally disabled, but is part of nearby surplus property. The Rosewood property once included more than 600 acres of farmland and woodland, but the state has sold or donated much of that.

The Rosewood Center has come under scrutiny, including a state report last month that revealed problems ranging from the inability of staff members to control aggressive residents to missed feedings of intubated residents. In the mid-1960s, the center housed about 3,000 patients but more recently had fewer than 170 residents.

John Hammond, a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said yesterday that Rosewood "is moving forward with a plan of correction" that recently was accepted by the state's Office of Health Care Quality.

Gina Davis

Land preservation

Development rights acquired

The purchase of development rights to 16 farms this month has brought the total amount of preserved land in Baltimore County to 53,000 acres, county officials said this week.

That total represents two-thirds of county officials' goal of protecting 80,000 acres from development.

Since 1982, the county has spent about $100 million in mostly state and county dollars buy development easements from farmers. The easements are purchased through several state and county programs, including the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation.

Wally Lippincott, the county's land preservation administrator, said that in working toward its goal of preserving 80,000 acres, the county is racing against developers.

"This job needs to be done before 2020, or else we just won't have enough land to preserve," he said.


3 areas due trash, recycling schedules

Residents of the Pikesville, Garrison, and Lochearn areas will receive new four-year trash and recycling collection schedules in the mail by the end of this month.

About 9,000 households in the three areas will receive the new schedules.

The current schedule expires at the end of this month.

The new collection schedules contain information about the county's trash and recycling program on the reverse side. Residents can read this information to learn about regulations, collection holidays, accepted materials in the recycling program, and more.

This is the fourth of 18 schedule distributions the Bureau of Solid Waste Management is conducting through February 2009.

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