But the county's use of the expected 32,500 square feet of space, directly southeast of the library along Honeygo Boulevard, is at least partially in the hands of community members.
County Councilman David Marks has appointed a committee to recommend the best possible use of the land, Marks' office announced on Sunday.
Committee members will include:
- Committee chair Dennis Hoover, former member of the Baltimore County Planning Board
- Paul Amirault with the Perry Hall Recreation & Parks Council
- Tony Aquia, president of the Forge Reserve Community Association
- Ed Beranek, White Marsh Recreation Council
- Norman Crouse, a nearby resident
- Lee Hager, Woman’s Club of Perry Hall
- Bill Paulshock, owner of Bill's Seafood
- Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association
- Kelly Szczybor, a local resident
“The zoning for the [Bishops Meadow] project was in place before my election and I cannot influence the development of this site,” Marks stated in the press release. “But I do want to make sure that if the project is approved, the uses at the community site have strong local consensus.”
Bishops Meadow remains in the planning stages. It was the subject of a community meeting on Dec. 8, led by developer Jonathan C. Mayers, president of Chesapeake Realty Partners. Mayers was instrumental in planning Honeygo Village Center, a popular Perry Hall shopping center along Honeygo Boulevard.
The proposed lot of public land is part of a land-swap deal, included in the plans for Bishops Meadow, Mayers said during the meeting. It is large enough to house a county senior center or possible gymnasium.
Some have already suggested that the space be used for the Perry Hall Recreation & Parks Council complex, according to Marks.
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