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Council Approves Mays Chapel Land Swap

The County Council signs off on exchange of 10-acre parcels with the school system that could clear the way for the construction of a controversial new elementary school.

A land swap needed for the construction of a controversial new elementary school in Mays Chapel is one step closer to fruition.

The Baltimore County Council Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution approving the swap of a 10-acre wooded property for an adjacent 10-acre property made up of ballfields that is owned by the Baltimore County Public Schools system.

The school system intends to use the newly-swapped property to build a new elementary school.

The swap still requires the approval of the county Board of Education. The state Department of Natural Resources must also approve the deal because of open space easements on the county's parcel. Those easements are expected to be transferred over to the new parcel.

Some residents who live near the proposed site oppose the new school and the land swap. Those opponents testified against the project last week before the county Board of Education as well as the County Council.

The funding for the school is part of more than $23 million already pre-approved by the state for the budget year that begins July 1.

In Other Council News:

  • Unanimously approved a bill sponsored by Councilman David Marks that reduces the required number of parking spaces for an athletic club or health spa from 10 to three per 1,000 square-feet of floor space for any club located within the downtown Towson area. The move clears the way for a national health club to sign a lease for space within Towson Commons.
  • Unanimously approved the appropriation of $3.4 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to purchase and demolish six properties: 10919, 10921 and 11001 York Road; 10, 13 and 15 Beaver Run Lane. County officials said the properties are subject to repeated flooding and the demolition would reduce the risk of flooding to surrounding properties. If the owners agree to sell, buildings on the properties will be razed and the land will be used for open space, recreation and wetlands.

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