Baltimore County Council Slows Development Of Former C.P. Crane Plant Site

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The Crane Plant prior to demolition (Credit: Google/Google Earth)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - The Baltimore County Council removed the former Crane Plant property from a list of five locations to be given public water and sewer extensions, slowing down planned developments for the land.

The Baltimore County Planning Board had initially approved an extension of public water supply to the property where the former C.P. Crane Plant used to stand.

According to Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, Bowleys Quarters and Carroll Island residents disapproved of the planning board’s actions.

“I testified against [the board’s] action, as did dozens of residents of Bowleys Quarters and Seneca Park,” Marks told the Avenue news. “I thought the decision was premature, but the planning board adopted it.”

When the proposal came before the county council, Marks removed the Crane Plant site from the water and sewer extensions list. Once the Crane Plant was removed, the resolution passed unanimously.

According to the county planning board, a water extension was initially approved to allow 75 homes to be built by Forsite Development, a real estate company that purchased the property last year.

A water and sewer extension for the site remains a possibility. However, that would likely require councilman Marks’ approval.

According to the Avenue, Bowleys Quarters Improvement Association president Jim Hock and Councilman Marks would like to see the property turned into a public park with open green spaces.

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