Requests for $8.25 million in state bonds to help pay for Baltimore County projects, including artificial turf fields and walking trails, were forwarded yesterday to the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee, said Del. Eric Bromwell, head of the county's delegation.
The 21 senators and delegates who represent the Baltimore County area approved the bond bills during their weekly meeting yesterday, Bromwell said.
The most expensive request is $2 million toward the $9.2 million planned Agricultural Resource Center and Farm Park near Oregon Ridge.
Other projects being considered as part of the county's bond bill package: $500,000 for Eastern Regional Greenway trail; $1 million for a heritage trail in Dundalk and improvements to St. Helena Park; $500,000 for stadium seats at Milford Mill and Randallstown high schools; $1.8 million for artificial turf fields at Northwest Regional Park, Meadowood Regional Park, and the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex campus; $2 million for the new Gough Park in Perry Hall; $825,000 for lighted fields at County Home Park, General John Stricker Middle School Recreation Center, and Shelbourne Park; $1 million for improvements to Eastern Boulevard through Essex's commercial district, and $125,000 for a regional skate park in Overlea.
Because of the state's budget woes, some of the projects might not be fully funded, Bromwell said. "We have our fingers crossed," he added.
Other bond requests for facilities in Baltimore County include: $500,000 for the Maryland Food Bank; $150,000 for the Westchester Community Center; $250,000 for a children's wing at the Rosedale Library, and $500,000 for the Forbush School at Sheppard Pratt Health System.
A hearing on the bills is set for 9 a.m. March 10.
Racquet club gets reprieve
The new owners of the Green Spring Racquet Club have announced plans to preserve the Brooklandville facility for longer than the one year that they had originally planned. An attached fitness center will be overhauled and run by Brick Bodies Fitness Inc., said Tom Peddy, a principal at Foxleigh Management, the company that will take ownership of the property July 1.
Community leaders had expressed concerns about Foxleigh Management's proposal to raze the tennis barns and fitness center and construct an office building. The area surrounding the Green Spring Station shopping center, where the club is located, has been troubled by traffic problems.
Previously, Peddy had said that he would not make major changes to the property for at least one year. Yesterday he said that the investment in new fitness equipment was an indication that development plans have been postponed, yet he declined to specify how long. "With the amount of money that we're putting into the property, it tells you that we're going to be there for a while, although we still don't know how long that will be," he said.
All 14 tennis courts will be preserved, although three of the site's 10 racquetball courts may be removed, he said, adding that the parking lot will be reconfigured to accommodate more cars.
Water to be shut off Monday
Baltimore County will shut off water to 400 homes south of Dogwood Drive in the Stansbury Estates and Wilson Point neighborhoods in Middle River from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. The water supply is being turned off to permit work on a storm water management project at nearby Martin State Airport.
When water is restored, residents should run their faucets about 15 minutes, or until water is clear, to flush any sediment that might enter the line during construction.
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