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Baltimore County buys rural property once slated for megachurch
Baltimore County buys rural property once slated for megachurch

The Baltimore County Council voted unanimously Monday to approve the $3 million purchase of land in the rural community of Granite that had once been considered for a megachurch. The county will buy 258 acres of undeveloped land owned by Bethel AME Church, the large Baltimore congregation. The money will come from county taxpayers and the state's Program Open Space. In the late 1990s, Bethel proposed building a $10 million, 3,000-seat church on the property off Old Court Road east of Dogwood Road. Neighbors said the congregation would overwhelm two-lane Old Court Road on Sundays, and that building a necessary roadway onto the property could disturb graves nearby. Neighbors and the...

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