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Developer plans 500-acre, 700-home community in Joppatowne [50 years ago]

John F. Kennedy

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, March 5, 1964:

Leon Panitz of the Panitz Brothers Inc., developers of Joppatowne, unveiled his new plans 50 years ago this week for a marine-oriented 500-acre residential recreational community at Joppatowne. The land to be added would come from the Gunpowder River. Panitz planned to create the land, from materials dredged from the river that consisted of sand and gravel, which would be laid over a thin layer of organic silt. The plans for the waterfront development included several large marinas with boat repair and storage services, a waterfront restaurant, a shopping center for food, clothing, hardware and marine supplies, neighborhood stores and extensive recreational features. The development would also include 700 new waterfront lots, whose owners would be able to keep their boats moored right in front of their homes. A pair of high rise apartment towers, along with detached houses with garages were also planned. The thought was the new development would provide many of the marine facilities that the outdated Baltimore City facilities could not. Once the new Joppatowne waterfront property was completed, it was estimated that the population of Joppatowne would grow to 20,000.

The Board of Education approved a recommendation to fully integrate Harford County schools in a four-step program beginning in the fall of 1964. In the 1964-65 school year, ninth grade students in the Havre de Grace Consolidated and Central Consolidated Schools would be transferred to schools in the area in which they lived. For the 1965-66 school year, integration of students in grades 10 through 12 would take place. In 1966-67, grade one would be integrated. In 1967-68, grades two through eight would be integrated. The complete desegregation of Harford County would be complete by the beginning of the 1967-68 school year.

Grove Point Inc., the developers of a new shopping center planned on Route 1, applied for a building permit for a new A&P store. The new shopping facility would be built on the former Durham farm property. Building the proposed shopping center was temporarily halted when local Town of Bel Air businessmen filed suit to stop the construction. A recent ruling a judge went in favor of the shopping center construction.

The House of Delegates enacted a bill introduced into the General Assembly by the Legislative Council to rename the Northeastern Expressway the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway. The renaming would cost approximately $5,000 to change all of the signs and markers.

It was announced that the Aberdeen Post Office would be expanded and improved. The expansion would add 3,300 square feet of work space at an estimated cost of $310,000. Improvements included a new front entrance, a new workroom floor, a new driveway and a new heating and air conditioning system installed as well.

Anyone interested in being part of the first class to attend the new John Carroll School would have to take an entrance exam this week. The test would be given at the St. Margaret School in Bel Air from 9 a.m. to noon.

State vehicle owners were cautioned by Maryland's Department of Motor Vehicles to include the return postage when they renewed their annual tags for their vehicles. Customers needed to remember that if they would like their new tags mailed to them, they had to include the 22-cent return postage.

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