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City Dock plan called threat to boat shows
By Joshua McKerrow, Staff
Laundry is left scattered within an abandoned building at the former Crownsville State Hospital. A local nonprofit group is working to transform the grounds Into a center for community services.
By TIM PRUDENTE [email protected]
The minivan crunches along cracked concrete. Its doors brush the weeds that curl behind the abandoned wards.
Tom Parlett Sr. parks where the ambulances arrived decades ago, when those taken here were called “the Negro insane.” “Watch your step,” he says.
The footpath slopes downhill, past shattered glass. It leads to a cracked window.
Laundry and powder detergent are strewn inside. Whites are heaped on a table; linens piled on a cart. The dryer door is ajar — as if waiting.
It has been nearly a decade since patients lived and died at Crownsville Hospital Center.
Their clothes remain.
“It’s like they just abandoned it,” Parlett said.
Such reminders linger of the mentally ill who lived at the state’s 532-acre campus off Generals Highway. Perhaps that’s what attracts the ghost hunters and
those who break through boarded widows to film Internet clips and shriek at each creak of the century-old buildings.
The nation’s third asylum for African-Americans was once praised as an
exercise in self-sufficiency. The Sunday Capital
Now, its wards are used as reported on the blemished
a setting for amateur horror history of the former
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But Parlett sees past the ,ast wee^- Today» we
graffiti, peeling paint and crumbling concrete. He visualizes a “village of health, healing and hope.”
He has been working five years to transform the grounds into a $97-million hub for local nonprofits, a project known as the Community Services Center at Crownsville. ,
“Once this is cleaned up, it could be a beautiful, sunny place,” he said.
(See CROWNSVILLE, Page A13)
look at what some think should be done with it.
Ed Hartman, who operates the shows, fears loss of exhibitors from Fawcett site project
By ELISHA SAUERS [email protected]
While the mayor touts a redevelopment project as a boon for Annapolis’ waterfront, Ed Hartman, the man behind the city’s 44-year-old downtown sailboat and powerboat shows, sees trouble.
Hartman, who has been the sole operator of the Annapolis boat shows since 2006, said the plans to rebuild on the old Fawcett site at 110 Compromise St. will have a “devastating” effect on the shows and the entire economy in the area around City Dock.
He opposes Mayor Josh Cohen’s bill to rezone the Compromise Street side of City Dock. He distributed his comments at a Ward One Residents Association meeting.
“Only one group will prevail and profit: the developers, who will have the legal ability to wall the city’s precious waterfront with tall and massive buildings of no advantage to Annapolitans,” Hartman wrote.
The former Fawcett Boat Supplies location, a 12,000-square-foot, one-story building on City Dock, is crucial to waterfront redevelopment discussions.
Although the City Council has yet to adopt final
plans for the entire area, Cohen is pushing ahead
with a rezoning bill to clear hurdles for the Fawcett site’s would-be developers. The sale depends on new zoning rules and a consolidation of two adjoining city-owned parking lots.
On Thursday night the Annapolis Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the plan. The City Council will likely hold a public hearing on the bill in July.
Hartman’s company, United States Yacht Shows, hosts 572 land exhibits during the October events. But the businessman fears that being deprived of the vacant Fawcett building, its parking lot and the city
(See PROJECT, Page A13)
“This project is clearly in the best interest of an ybody who's a stakeholder in Annapolis. Improving the City Dock area benefits everybody. ”
— Mark Ordan, one of the prospective property buyers for the old Fawcett Boat Supplies building at City Dock.
Crystal Spring developers blasted for ‘broken promises’
drawing of Crystal Spring, the development proposed for land off Forest Drive and Spa Road, submitted to City of Annapolis on May 28.Environmental panel members ask for more forests, wetlands savedBy ELISHA SAUERS [email protected]
Advisers to the city on environmental issues say developers haven’t done enough to protect forests and wetlands on a 111-acre tract in Annapolis where more than 450 new housing units, a nursing
home and a shopping center are planned.
Members of the Annapolis Environmental Commission, having reviewed the latest drawings for Crystal Spring, a development slated for land off Forest Drive and Spa Road, said developers broke promises about how much forest they would save and how many acres they would replant.
“When we saw what they filed the other day, we were shocked,” said Diane Butler, a member of the
commission and past chairwoman. “We’ve been meeting with them for about a year, off and on, and they took a big step backwards.”
The proposal includes 362 houses and apartments, 126 townhouses without age restrictions and 52 nursing-care rooms. The plan also features a mix of stores and restaurants, an inn, a chapel and a cultural arts center. National Lutheran Communities and Services,
(See PROMISES, Page A13)
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