by Lisa Tome
Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome, Sr. is not enthused about the most recent news from the Bainbridge Development Corporation.
He's not thrilled with the U.S. Navy either.
"The Navy left us in a lurch. The federal government wouldn't put up money to clean up what they dirtied up," said Tome.
Officials from Bainbridge Development Corporation shared their most recent development plans with Port Deposit officials.
The mayor said the plan wasn't what he had hoped to see.
"I'm kind of disappointed that there won't be more of a mix. Now it can be industrial and warehouse. It was going to be mixed use and a campus-type atmosphere. The Tome (school) area is the only area they can develop as residential," said Tome.
The recent report included the following information:
• Prospects for the Bainbridge property have been actively pursued and meetings have been held.
• Artesian has submitted confirmation that they can provide 245,300 gallons per day of potable water to Bainbridge with 60 days notice.
• Port Deposit's wastewater treatment plant has been identified as a short term solution to provide sewer capacity for Bainbridge. Work is ongoing for a longterm solution. The county has struck a deal with Bainbridge Development Corporation to study the sewer outfall from the property to the Susquehanna River.
• A prospect was lost due to lack of available utilities. Artesian and Bohler have a temporary solution to the utility issues. A longterm solution is needed.
Next steps include a comprehensive plan, annexation of a remaining Bainbridge parcel, and obtaining the BX zoning and enterprise zone designations. Within the comprehensive plan it will be designated that 323 acres of Bainbridge will be residential.
Additionally 85 acres will be civic use, 342 acres will be open space and wetland buffers, 120 acres will be business commercial, 39 acres will be business office campus, 101 acres will be the technology center, 65 acres will be flexible use, 50 acres will be institutional, and 60 acres will be commercial retail.
County councilman Dan Schneckenburger, who said in December that he wants to "have a say" in Bainbridge Development, is looking to the State for help. "There is a decent chance that we will get Governor Hogan to look at Bainbridge sometime after the General Assembly session," said Schneckenburger.
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