Capital spending bills win approval


The Anne Arundel House delegation has approved two major capital project budget requests, the Wiley H. Bates High School restoration and the Glen Burnie Town Center renewal.

County officials wanted $2 million for the Bates project. The school, once the county's only high school for black students, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Plans for the site include senior citizen housing, a county-run senior center, a community center run by the Bates Foundation and athletic fields.

The Bates bill passed by a 9-4 vote during a delegation meeting Tuesday.

Republican Dels. Robert C. Baldwin of Crownsville, Michael W. Burns of Glen Burnie, James E. Rzepkowski of Pasadena and Victoria L. Schade of Pasadena did not support the bill.

The bill to provide $1 million in state money for the Glen Burnie Superblock passed by a 12-1 vote, with Ms. Schade casting the dissenting vote.

The project's first stage involves building an ice rink and amphitheater to serve as a focal point for the development.

The county also hopes to enlist a developer to build a complex of shops, restaurants, housing and office space.

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