County looking to buy North County land for schools and open space

| May 26, 2018

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, along with Speaker Mike Busch, today announced that Anne Arundel County is in negotiations to buy a 100+ acre parcel of property for a future school site and/or regional park in the Brooklyn Park/North County area.

“For far too long, past County administrations have not invested here in North County,” said Schuh. “Our administration has entered into these negotiations to ensure residents of North County have access to the same amenities that the rest of our citizens do.”

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An incrementally new school has not been built in North County area since 1972. Anne Arundel County has not built a new park in the area for 30 years. Schuh has proposed $28 million in his FY2019 budget proposal to purchase for land to schools, parks, and other public assets.

The County will work to develop the land for public purposes as the City of Baltimore works to redevelopment Port Covington, which is less five miles away and is expected to generate thousands of new jobs.

The capital funding proposal was made possible through the JumpStart Anne Arundel capital project financing program. Enacted in 2015, the capital plan embraces a 30-year bond financing option. This reform has allowed Anne Arundel County to expand its capital funding program and make critical school, public safety, road, and quality of life infrastructure improvements from Brooklyn Park to Pasadena to Annapolis to Odenton.

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