Key School in Annapolis finalizes golf course purchase

Private school to use land for fields, pool, trail

August 14, 2013|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

The private Key School in Annapolis announced Wednesday that it finalized the purchase of Annapolis Golf Club – a deal that was unsuccessfully challenged by golf course neighbors.

The school, located in the Hillsmere community, plans to use the golf course property for three athletic fields, eight tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a nature trail and a pool, according to school officials. There will be maintenance facilities on the property, but 44 acres of the 70-acre tract will remain undisturbed, according to a letter from Board of Trustees President Missy Attridge and Head of School Marcella Yedid that was sent to Key School families.

"We anticipate approval of the preliminary site plan soon and will then seek approval of the final site plan as well as the necessary building and grading permits," said the letter from Attridge and Yedid. The golf course will remain under its current management through October.

Terms of the sale were not immediately disclosed.

Golf course neighbors in the Annapolis Roads community had challenged the school's purchase of the course, saying the proposed uses were inconsistent with a 1987 agreement between the neighbors and the prior owners of the golf course.

Neighbors argued that only recreational and horticultural uses were allowed on the site. Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Paul G. Goetzke ruled in April that the Key School's proposed uses qualified as recreational uses. He denied a request for a permanent injunction.

An appeal of Goetzke's decision to the state Court of Special Appeals was filed in June.

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