Edward J Kasemeyer

A revival of ideas for redeveloping Spring Grove land

A revival of ideas for redeveloping Spring Grove land

After years of talk about the 189-acre wooded grounds of the Spring Grove Hospital Center being declared surplus and sold by the state, many plans have been crafted for the land.

Jim Himel, a former Baltimore city planner, wants to lease 50 acres for a single, symbolic dollar to create an arboretum and community park, complete with ornamental gardens, hiking paths and an amphitheater.

Steve Whalen, a Catonsville developer, has long eyed a 21-acre section of the property that fronts the Beltway — the site would give his company’s planned mixed-use development, on land adjacent to Spring Grove, room to grow.

Tom Quirk, a Baltimore County councilman who represents the...

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