Building accord is sought


A complicated deal to locate Baltimore County's proposed 100-bed drunken-driver prison and a new district courthouse at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills may depend on what public facilities Pikesville legislators are offered in return.

County Executive Roger B. Hayden feels it would be logical to relocate the Owings Mills District Court, which must move from rented quarters on Painters Mill Road, to Rosewood, legislators and county officials say.

The problem is that in a bitter dispute last year, Pikesville legislators won the courthouse for that area to aid in the revitalization of the aging business district.

Sources said this week that Hayden and state officials are now trying to find another facility to place in Pikesville to appease state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, D-Balto. Co., who represents the area.

Among the possibilities for Pikesville are election board headquarters, now in Parkville; a State Police computer center; a federal post office, or classrooms for Catonsville Community College, which rents space in the same building as the court.

That building is owned in part by Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg, who said this week he has kept clear of the affair, except to give Hayden advice that the executive requested.

Hayden confirmed that Rosewood is a possible site for the drunken-driver prison.

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