I am writing in response to the editorial dated 10-23-13 titled "Worth Buying." I would like to compare the two properties mentioned in the editorial and offer several comments to help clarify this issue.
The first is the property in Havre de Grace, which has an asking price of $3.47 million for 4.585 acres.
The second property that was mentioned was the Mariner Point Swim Club, located in Joppa Town, with an asking price of $679,500 for 4.53 acres, about the same size as the Havre de Grace property. This property is not exactly located on the waterfront, but only a small street, Rivera Drive is between the property and a "clean" water front.
Additionally, the property boasts the following features: it is level with roads on three sides, is currently a recreational facility that contains a swim club, it also has a 3,300-square-foot pool house structure, two Olympic size in-ground swimming pools, landscaping, basketball and volleyball courts and asphalt parking areas. Across from the swim club is the waterfront Marine Max Gunpoint Cove Marina, with hundreds of boats and surrounded by several restaurants.
It is time to pay attention to the southern part of the county, instead of sticking us with all of the less than attractive "other" businesses. Joppa Town has no Senior Center; no Boys & Girls Club, no teen center and we have no community center. It is time for the county executive and the county to step up to the plate and remember that we are still part of this county. If the county were to move on the Joppa Town property, part of the "wish list" is to enclose the pool for year round use, (remember that the county paid $2.9 million for the Plecker property on Route 7). By enclosing the pool, schools could have a place to have their swimming competitions as well as other events, and could be used year-round by the residents.
We want a facility such as the community center built a couple of years ago in the Fallston area at a cost of millions of dollars. Our turn has come, we can't pass this up, there is no other land available.
Dion F. Guthrie
Harford County Councilman
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