Anne Arundel County will purchase 71 acres of land in Millersville for $7.9 million, potentially using the land acquisition fund created this past budget cycle.
County Executive Steve Schuh announced his intentions Tuesday to redevelop the land on Hospital Drive as a park or school.
The County Council will need to approve the use of the land acquisition fund, a pot of $28 million set up to buy land for community development. County Councilman Michael Peroutka introduced a resolution to approve the sale in September; it’s up for a public hearing on Oct. 15.
In May, Schuh announced the 160-acre Belle Grove Landfill in Brooklyn Park as another purchase option. The county is still in negotiations on that property, said spokesman Owen McEvoy. “No deal yet,” he said.
The county has also agreed to purchase Turtle Run at Deep Cove, a 140-acre property in Churchton. Schuh wants to create hiking trails on the tract and plant trees to preserve wetlands feeding Deep Cove Creek.
“As Anne Arundel County grows, I am committed to ensuring the Glen Burnie and Millersville communities have adequate land for their educational and recreational needs,” Schuh said in a news release. “This agreement will ensure these residents will enjoy an enhanced quality of life for decades to come.”
The Republican is running for re-election against Democrat Steuart Pittman.