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Committee to Review Land Use Near Perry Hall Library

Community members will review the county's prospective use of public land, between the library and planned Bishops Meadow housing development.

A planned next to the , known as Bishops Meadow, will likely result in a sizable land parcel being deeded over to Baltimore County for public use.

But the county's use of the expected of space, directly southeast of the library along Honeygo Boulevard, is at least partially in the hands of community members.

has appointed a committee to recommend the best possible use of the land, Marks' office announced on Sunday.

Committee members will include:

  • Committee chair , former member of the
  • with the
  • , president of the
  • Ed Beranek, White Marsh Recreation Council
  • Norman Crouse, a nearby resident
  • ,
  • , owner of
  • , president of the
  • 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 on Dec. 8, led by developer Jonathan C. Mayers, president of Chesapeake Realty Partners. Mayers was instrumental in planning , 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  complex, according to Marks. 

What would you like to see built next to the Perry Hall Library? Tell us in the comments.

David Marks January 11, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I would like to thank all of you who have made productive and positive comments.
Emily Kimball January 11, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Share your suggestions in our poll, http://patch.com/A-qcVm POLL: What Belongs Next to the Library? The choices are, an indoor public pool, an indoor gymnasium complex, a senior center or other (share your answer in the comments).
Paul Amirault January 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM
This project was described as a 2.5 acre parcel (100,000 sq ft) at the community input meeting, not a 32,500 sq ft parcel. Looking at the drawing it is closer to 100,000 sq ft as the lots must be 85 feet wide.
Heather January 13, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I am dismayed to hear that more homes will be built with no consideration for building or adding additions to any of the existing schools. My kids go to Gunpowder, and it is very overcrowded. My daughter's first grade class has 27 kids and they are packed in there like sardines. I am very worried what the middle and high schools will be like in a few more years...it's only going to get worse!
Cathy January 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
My understanding that the land at Cross and Honeygo known as "Bishops Meadows" belongs to the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, if this is true, I just can't understand why the Archdiocese would deed over to Baltimore County for public use this parcel of land for a 50-house development when we need more schools no matter how big/small in Perry Hall. No child should be in classrooms housing 27 students. I also feel this is a burden for the teachers. Give us residents some kind of educational or socializing community not more homes.

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