Musser said the center is looking for a new executive director with expertise in fundraising and hopes to hire that person within the next month.

He also said the center is still moving forward, with a study under way to determine the money the board needs to raise in its fundraising campaign.

Musser pointed out that the executor for estate that owns the land where the center would be built said if there is no significant progress on construction of the center by 2018, the land would revert back and could end up being developed.

New anti-'big box' bill

County Councilman Dion Guthrie, who also attended Monday's community council meeting, said the council hopes to introduce another bill limiting "big box" stores in the Emmorton – Bel Air South area.

With the proposed Plumtree Road-area Walmart still a hot topic of discussion, both at the community council meeting and in other forums, Guthrie recalled a previous similar bill that drew attention but went nowhere.

In May, the council put forward a bill that would have required greater scrutiny of plans for commercial buildings larger than 75,000 square feet, including giving the council ultimate oversight of such projects.

The bill died. Guthrie said Monday the bill was widely misunderstood because some of the sponsors all but admitted it was an effort to block construction of a Walmart at Route 924 and Plumtree Road.

"The reason nobody acted on that bill is because that bill had nothing to do with Walmart and everyone thought it did," Guthrie said, explaining that bills cannot be retroactive and the earlier bill would have only applied to future developments.

He said Councilman Jim McMahan, who represents the Bel Air South area, plans to introduce a new anti-'big box' bill soon.