Howard buys rural land to prevent contested used-car lot

Residents of Daisy pleased

May 19, 2011|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

Residents of the western Howard County hamlet of Daisy who have been battling to block a proposed used-car operation at a 19th-century commercial crossroads are happy as the Ulman administration announced it has purchased the land for $1.35 million.

"It's been over a three-year battle," said a Ted Mariani, a member of Concerned Citizens of Western Howard County, a group formed specifically to fight the dealership proposed by Frank Saglimberi of Woodbine. The project was also delayed by the recession. The land sits in the southeast quadrant of the intersection of Union Chapel and Daisy roads. Residents learned about the purchase Wednesday night at a community meeting in the Lisbon fire hall.

Ian Kennedy, an aide to County Executive Ken Ulman, said the county used money in a capital budget account for land acquisition to buy the 4.5-acre lot and end years of legal and zoning battles. The intersection has been a commercial hub since 1873, and the land has been zoned for commercial use since the 1950s.

Kennedy said the county needs some of the land to build a traffic roundabout at the crooked intersection, and the county Fire Department plans to install an underground water tank on the remainder to help fight rural fires.

Mariani said the community is thankful Ulman toured the site and intervened. "I think we're going to have a great little asset here for the county," Mariani said.

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