County officials delay request for Bates property transfer


County officials have delayed asking the state Board of Public Works for approval to transfer the old Wiley H. Bates High School property in Annapolis to a Baltimore developer and a private foundation.

Jerome W. Klasmeier, director of central services, said he wants to meet with Leonard Frenkil, the developer, and have Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins sign a letter of support before going to the board, which must approve county real-estate transfers.

County officials, who said earlier they had hoped to seek the approval this week, now expect to ask the board to vote in October.

The land transfer is the final step in a deal, signed by former county executive O. James Lighthizer in November 1990, in which the county will give the 16-acre property to the developer and the Bates Foundation, a nonprofit group fighting to save the dilapidated school.

The mayor agreed last week to support the Bates Foundation, which has been trying for years to renovate.

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