Board Of Public Works Greenlights Five Major Projects In Baltimore County


The BPW, comprising Governor Wes Moore, Comptroller Brooke Lierman, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis, plays a pivotal role in assessing, funding, and endorsing projects. (Image Credit: Shutterstock)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - At Wednesday's Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting, members approved a series of significant projects and grant requests for Baltimore County.

The BPW, comprising Governor Wes Moore, Comptroller Brooke Lierman, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis, plays a pivotal role in assessing and endorsing projects and contracts for state agencies, which often impact county governments.

BPW approved funding for the following Baltimore County projects:

MedStar Franklin Hospital Grant: The board approved a $1,000,000 grant for the Board of Trustees of Franklin Square Hospital, operating under MedStar Franklin. The funds are earmarked for a plethora of activities ranging from acquisition, planning, and construction to infrastructure improvements at the MedStar Franklin Hospital center, specifically focusing on the labor and delivery unit.

Music City Maryland Amphitheater Funding: The Music City Maryland Association, Inc. received an endorsement for grant agreements amounting to $60,000. This sum is intended for varied purposes, including acquisition, planning, and renovation of the Music City Maryland Amphitheater.

Acquisition of Land for Sparrows Point Park: The Department of Natural Resources secured approval to procure 21.465 acres of wooded waterfront land for the upcoming Sparrows Point Park. These plots, formerly part of the historic Bethlehem Steel Plant, are a generous donation from TPA Properties 37, LLC, to Baltimore County. The county plans to utilize 75% of the land's appraised value towards the necessary county matching share for the park's development.

Funding for Sparrows Point Park: A significant allocation of $4,000,000 from the Program Open Space was granted to construct Sparrows Point Park. This 21.465-acre project will encompass a host of amenities, including access roads, a state-of-the-art recreation center, an athletic field, walking paths, and a pier equipped with a kayak and canoe launch, among others.

Baltimore Beauty and Barber School Grant: The board endorsed a grant agreement of $200,000 for the Baltimore Beauty and Barber School. The funds will be used for varied purposes, from acquisition and planning to construction and capital equipping of the institution.

All these approvals highlight the board's commitment to promoting growth, recreation, and education in Baltimore County.

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