Calvin Ball

Howard pulls offer on building needed for Ellicott City flood plan, leaving open possibility of eminent domain

Howard pulls offer on building needed for Ellicott City flood plan, leaving open possibility of eminent domain

Howard County officials have rescinded an offer to purchase a key property needed to complete the plan to reduce future flooding in historic Ellicott City — leaving open the possibility of eminent domain.

County officials last month unveiled a plan that could cost as much as $140 million to reduce future flooding in the old mill town which has seen two deadly, catastrophic floods since 2016. The multi-year plan by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball includes boring a tunnel just north of town and fully razing four buildings on lower Main Street to widen the Tiber channel.

One of the buildings needed to complete the project is owned by Sally Tennant, and the county on June 14...

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