Sports complex to be built on Schucks Road

A new, 45-acre regional sports complex is being built on Schucks Road in Campus Hills.

The $3,932,298 contract for the project was awarded by the Harford County Board of Estimates Thursday to Greene Construction Inc., of Pylesville, the lowest bidder out of five total companies.

The project includes construction of five baseball diamonds, a soccer/lacrosse field, an entry drive, pre-engineered bridge, a pre-fabricated building for electrical equipment, asphalt paving, parking lot lighting, fencing, bio-retention areas, turf installation and grass and plantings.

County Councilman Jim McMahan asked if Greene had done construction for the county before.

William McKean, with the department of public works, said he did a project with the company in Havre de Grace a few years ago involving baseball fields.

The sport complex was included in the county's fiscal year 2013 budget, which is the spending plan beginning July 1.

In those documents, it states that the design phase is complete and construction is anticipated for fiscal year 2013, though it isn't specified when.

"Fields are expected to be available in 2013," the project's status reads.

The budget also described the project as being on a 71-acre site and three recreation councils — Hickory/Fountain Green, Forest Hill and Emmorton — "have contributed funds toward site acquisition and will share facilities."

A future indoor recreation center is planned for construction in fiscal year 2021.

"BRAC is expected to generate demand for additional housing units in this area of Harford County," the budget reads. "Population growth will create demand for additional recreation facilities as well as schools."

In May, the school transferred a portion of property it owned on Schucks Road to the county government for a road construction project.

It is not clear, however, if the sports complex will use that property.

The property was purchased in 2008 as part of the future Schucks Road Elementary School site, consisting of two parcels.

The school system determined the property was no longer needed for school purposes.

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