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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2010
Land once intended for a new Howard County government complex in Ellicott City will instead be the site of 163 townhouses, according to a developer's plan scheduled for presentation to the public Tuesday night. Ellicott Mills Overlook is the latest change in one of Howard County's oldest areas of suburban development, near U.S. 40. A 150-unit Alta at Regency Crest apartment complex for seniors is under construction on a former farm remnant across Rogers Avenue, and plans are to eventually redevelop the nearby Normandy Shopping Center and the adjacent former Miller Motors Ford dealership across the divided highway.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
The sprawling farm along Annapolis Road in Gambrills stands as an oasis of rural life in the midst of suburbia. Cows graze beyond the white fence as commuters pass by; farm trucks carry organic produce to local farmers markets. Maryland Sunrise Farm is on 857 acres that served as a dairy operation for the U.S. Naval Academy as recently as the 1990s; midshipmen got their milk straight from the source. Its corn maze is a fall tradition, and residents say the farm is a reminder of Anne Arundel's agricultural past, a marker of history in a fast-growing portion of the county not far from Fort Meade.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1995
The Howard County Council proposed this week leasing a parcel of county land to any company interested in constructing a large radio tower in the Elkridge area that also could be used by county agencies.A tower of up to 350 feet would be built near the driving range of the Timbers at Troy Golf Course, now under construction near the Route 100-Interstate 95 interchange.County officials expect an electronic pager company or -- more likely -- a cellular telephone company to build the tower. The county then would use part of the tower for 911 service, and police and fire department radios.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Johns Hopkins University won another legal victory Thursday in its attempt to build a research park on farmland previously owned by a woman whose family sued the school, saying she would have opposed the development. A three-judge panel of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed a Montgomery County Circuit Court's decision that Hopkins's plan to develop the 138-acre Belward Farm complied with the agreement made with Elizabeth Banks in 1989. Banks had sold the land, which had been in her family for more than 100 years, to Hopkins for $5 million, a fraction of its market value.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | April 4, 2008
A slice of Baltimore County-owned land eyed for development in the heart of Towson is to be auctioned today. The six-tenths-of-an-acre property, left over from the construction of Towsontown Boulevard, includes one of two historic railroad bridge abutments flanking York Road and a landscaped walking path. Some community leaders are questioning the decision to sell, for the sake of development, open space at the entrance to Towson's downtown. "We'd hate to see anything built there that could obstruct this gateway to Towson," said Ed Kilcullen, president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2003
For 30 years, Howard County has been fertile ground for housing developments and commercial complexes as Columbia and the rest of the county have blossomed and matured. But now that land is scarce, developers and homebuilders who have made their livings locally have been forced to find new ways to keep their businesses alive. Some are moving their crews to Harford County and rural parts of Pennsylvania to look for business. But others are finding ways to keep operating locally by buying more commercial properties or transforming their businesses to offer new services.
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March 20, 1991
Two Carroll delegation bills passed out of committee last week, including legislation designed to preserve the county's small, private cemeteries that was killed in committee last year.The House Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee passed a bill allowing the County Commissioners to establish and operate public farmers' markets on county land. The House Economic Matters Committee passed the cemetery bill requiring owners of land containing a cemetery to record itslocation in court.
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January 17, 1995
Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary is getting off to an inauspicious start with his political appointments. Unless he's careful, it could have an impact on his credibility.Only a few weeks into his term, Mr. Gary has made several questionable appointments. First, the Republican county executive announced his selection of Thomas Maxwell as his full-time liaison with the county school board, the community college and the library administration.Mr. Maxwell is a former elementary school principal who served as a substitute teacher after his retirement.
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August 7, 1995
A road in the Green Haven neighborhood will close this week because of increased traffic, the county Department of Public Works announced.Do Not Enter signs will be placed at the intersection of East Shore Road and Duvall Highway Wednesday to keep residents from traveling southbound on East Shore, according to the county land use office.Last fall, the county installed sidewalks on Catherine and Outing avenues and made the streets one way to better protect children walking to George Fox Middle School.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 12, 1995
The lawyer named recently as Anne Arundel county attorney secretly bought and sold county land for personal profit when he held the same job 25 years ago.A judge who presided over a 1976 civil case stemming from the secret land deals said this week he was disturbed by the appointment of PhillipF. Scheibe by County Executive John G. Gary."It sounds to me like the fox has bought his way back into the chicken coop," said retired Circuit Judge E. Mackall Childs.Mr. Gary, who received $4,000 in contributions to his 1994 election campaign from Mr. Scheibe, said yesterday he saw nothing wrong with a county attorney -- or any county employee -- buying surplus land at public county auctions.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Residents of Dundalk and Mays Chapel say they plan to join forces for a Saturday rally to protest the sale of the North Point Government Center in Dundalk. Although they live on different ends of the county, residents in both communities are angry about land decisions made by county officials. Some Mays Chapel residents have fought to stop the county from building a new elementary school at a park. In Dundalk, some are fighting the planned sale of the North Point Government Center.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2013
On a recent weeknight evening at the North Point Government Center, four young women were singing the barbershop classic "Goody Goodbye" in the auditorium. Upstairs, boys tangled on wrestling mats as parents and coaches watched. In the six decades since it was built, the center at Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard has become a gathering spot for Dundalk residents. Kids play soccer on the fields during spring, residents gather for fireworks in July, and theater buffs act in plays throughout the year in a community performing arts program.
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By Katie V. Jones | June 9, 2012
With a little luck and some donations, Carroll County dogs may soon have their day, as plans are in works for the county's first off-leash dog park. Supporters of the park - both four- and two-legged varieties - will be at the Carroll County Pet Expo on June 16, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, hoping to drum up interest, and money, to turn plans for the Westminster park into a reality. "We have given pamphlets out around different animal places and at various veterinarians," said Laurie Walters of Westminster, one of the key proponents of the park.
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Jacques Kelly | April 20, 2012
Each April, I look forward to the Saturday when the Grand National Steeplechase jockeys ride across a swath of unspoiled Baltimore County valley. From a vantage point atop a hill off Butler Road, just off Falls Road, I look out across the Western Run Valley and think how fortunate we are to have this setting — and the chance to visit it on a single spring afternoon. That's enough; too much traffic is not what this location needs. The countryside race, held Saturday, is over private estates and farms.
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February 2, 2012
It's hard to see how a land deal before the Harford County Council that would allow the county to swap 11 acres of public territory for about one acre of private land is a good one. The county is looking to clear up a dispute with the owner of a property adjacent to the 465-Swan Harbor Farm, the waterfront park on the Susquehanna Flats in Oakington between Havre de Grace and Aberdeen. At issue is a key piece of land through which the county park's driveway runs. The county has a survey that says the driveway is on county land; the owner of a neighboring farm, Griffith Davis, disputes the county's survey, and claims he has a more accurate one showing he owns the key access parcel.
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September 27, 2011
In the coming weeks, the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning will unveil the master plan for guiding land use in the county in the coming years. Devising this guide, no doubt, has been tedious, making the county reflect its vision will require an even more tedious process. To date, the county government has held a series of community planning meetings, which took place last winter and were attended by about 50 people, and another 280 comments via the Internet.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 12, 1995
The lawyer named recently as Anne Arundel county attorney secretly bought and sold county land for personal profit when he held the same job 25 years ago.A judge who presided over a 1976 civil case stemming from the secret land deals said this week he was disturbed by the appointment of Phillip F. Scheibe by County Executive John G. Gary."
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | December 20, 1993
Carroll commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday to take ownership of a 47-acre property northwest of Mount Airy near the planned Gillis Falls Reservoir.The property will be used for open space and will provide a buffer for Cabbage Spring Branch, a tributary of Gillis Falls. The land may become part of a greenways program, a plan to build a connecting grassy trail in the county.The land is part of Dove's Landing, a 214-acre development of 63 homes on the east side of Cabbage Spring Road near the Challedon development.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2010
Land once intended for a new Howard County government complex in Ellicott City will instead be the site of 163 townhouses, according to a developer's plan scheduled for presentation to the public Tuesday night. Ellicott Mills Overlook is the latest change in one of Howard County's oldest areas of suburban development, near U.S. 40. A 150-unit Alta at Regency Crest apartment complex for seniors is under construction on a former farm remnant across Rogers Avenue, and plans are to eventually redevelop the nearby Normandy Shopping Center and the adjacent former Miller Motors Ford dealership across the divided highway.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday taking over cleanup of a former fireworks and munitions plant near Elkton in Cecil County because of extensive groundwater contamination there. The agency announced it was proposing the Dwyer property, as the 73-acre tract is known, for inclusion on the Superfund National Priorities List, a compendium of the most polluted sites in the nation. The abandoned and overgrown property has been under investigation by the Maryland Department of the Environment since 1989.
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