Carroll County government workers are tearing down one of three buildings in a former distillery complex in Westminster to add parking space and possibly a tot lot.
Demolition of the building is unrelated to efforts of the county Industrial Development Authority to sell the adjacent Glass House, said Richard Soisson, county director of recreation and parks.
One building in the complex on Distillery Drive houses the Department of Social Services, the Food Sunday food-distribution program and other social programs. The Glass House and the building being demolished have remained vacant since the county bought the complex in 1990.
A tot lot would provide "a safe spot for little children to be outdoors," said Sylvia V. Canon, head of Human Services Programs Inc., which operates a shelter on the site for homeless families and a program for parents with children from infancy to age 3.
Young children have no safe place to play outdoors at the distillery property now, Mrs. Canon said. She said the agency has a $20,000 "ballpark figure" for the tot lot, but has not designed it.
Mr. Soisson said the county can provide about 30 parking spaces by demolishing the building.
A cost estimate for the project was unavailable.