Officials to announce plans for Owings Mills District Court, jail


A jail for drunken drivers -- the second of its kind in Maryland -- would be built beside a new District Court at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills and a government office building would be built in Pikesville, as part of a plan to be announced today in Annapolis by Baltimore County officials and state legislators.

The county is planning roughly $650,000 in renovations to create a jail for drunken drivers at Rosewood's Richards Building, a two-story structure equipped with office space, classrooms and sleeping quarters that had been used to treat the developmentally disabled until a few months ago, county and state officials said.

The Baltimore County District Court, now in temporary, rented quarters at 110 Painters Mill Road in Owings Mills, also will be moved to Rosewood.

State officials are scaling back operations at Rosewood as part of a long-term effort to place the mentally handicapped in community settings.

As part of a proposal, a multipurpose government building that will house county offices will be built in Pikesville.

The exact site for the Pikesville building was unavailable last night, but state officials said it may be built on the tract that had been considered as a site for the District Court building, off the 1400 block of Reisterstown Road.

Last year, state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, D-Baltimore County, won an agreement that called for relocating the Owings Mills District Court to her Pikesville district.

The move was seen as a step toward revitalizing Pikesville's aging business district.

But county and state legislators said yesterday that Ms. Hollinger has agreed to support the DWI center and the District Court building for Rosewood after extensive lobbying from county officials that focused on the benefits of locating a government office building in Pikesville instead.

"It makes sense. With a government offices, you have a fixed number of people going in for work every day. A District Court building wouldn't have been that helpful" for Pikesville, said state Delegate Theodore Levin, D-Baltimore County.

"You get more people going into a McDonald's in an hour than going into a District Court all day," he said.

The government office building would house state and county offices, including a board of elections office and possibly the state police computer operations, said state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, D-Baltimore County, chairman of the Senate delegation.

Mr. Bromwell credited Senator Hollinger and Sen. Janice Piccinini, D-Baltimore County, for working with Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden in reaching an agreement on the package.

Details on financing for the proposal are expected to be announced in Annapolis today.

County officials said the jail for drunken drivers would be a minimum-security detention facility, where 100 inmates convicted of drunken driving could serve time and get treatment.

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