A group seeking to use the old Crownsville Hospital Center for nonprofit organizations will hold a public meeting on Thursday night.

The meeting is planned for 7:30 p.m. at South Shore Elementary School, 1376 Fairfield Loop Road in Crownsville.

A group of nonprofits organized as the Community Services Center at Crownsville, Inc. has been working for five years to get permission to use the property. Their goal is to create a campus of groups that offer veterans' services, community services and educational programs.

They would like to preserve some of the historic buildings on the campus. Some of the buildings might be leased to commercial tenants.

Members of the Community Services Center at Crownsville, Inc. will present their plans and answer questions.

For information, visit www.Crownsville.org.

Crownsville Hospital Center was a state-run psychiatric hospital that closed in 2004. Founded in 1910 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane, state officials shuttered the hospital after the number of patients declined. Patients and many workers were moved to other state psychiatric hospitals.

An undeveloped, largely wooded section of the campus -- about 500 acres west of Interstate 97 -- was turned over to Anne Arundel County for use as a nature preserve. But the main portion of the campus has remained empty since 2004.