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Citing excessive cleanup costs, Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens decided last week that the county will not take over a 648-acre tract of land in Crownsville that is the site of a former psychiatric hospital.

Preliminary findings from a feasibility study commissioned by the County Council showed that it could cost $25 million to remove asbestos and upgrade the infrastructure at the site.

Fifteen nonprofits and county and state agencies have offices there. In the past, Owens has talked about using the parcel as an enclave for other nonprofit and social service agencies or opening a mental health facility on the site. Some developers have expressed interest in building homes there.


What would be the best use of the Crownsville site? And who should bear the costs of cleanup? Tell us what you think at by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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