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County Spends $1.1 Million on Land for Elkridge Firehouse

The purchase includes two parcels of land on Montgomery Road near Bauman Drive.

Howard County recently purchased one of two parcels to build a new fire station for Elkridge. 

The new firehouse is needed to improve response times and bring equipment up to modern standards, according to Fire Chief William Goddard. The fire chief  in land on Bauman Drive and Montgomery Road last spring.

On March 2, the county purchased 4.75 acres at 6994 Montgomery Road, one of two adjacent properties it is buying for the station.

Jim Irvin, Howard County’s Director of Public Works, said that the closing on the second part of the property will take place in October. 

"We paid $950,000 last week," said Irvin. "Another $200,000 will be paid in October at the second settlement."

A family is still renting the house at 6990 Montgomery Road and needs time to vacate, according to the Columbia Flier.

Both properties were owned by Belle Bauman of Queenstown, MD.

To buy the land, Irvin said that $500,000 came from a state grant, and the remainder was covered by the county's capital budget.

The station will cost $1 million to design and $10 million to $15 million to build, according to the Columbia Flier.

Since the fire department for the new station last year, the Howard County Board of Education has  approximately one mile away, on Ducketts Lane.

Irvin said that the county has not yet looked into plans for traffic flow that include both the fire station and the school.

"The Department [of Public Works] will evaluate the traffic impacts for [the firehouse] as we begin the engineering for the project," said Irvin, who said that engineering "should be underway in the fall if the project receives approval in the upcoming budget for the design funds."

Residents  last year that they were concerned about the traffic generated by the two projects.

Howard County Public School System commissioned traffic studies for the elementary school last summer but it has declined to make the studies public, despite requests by Elkridge Patch.

"I would not expect any major road improvements to occur at this point," Irvin said regarding the area near the fire station.

The  call for an additional right turn lane at the intersection of US 1 and Ducketts Lane.

This article has been updated at 12:20 p.m. on March 13 to correct the acreage the county purchased.

LMAlva March 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM
They tried for years to find a usable (large enough w/ capacity for weight & size of trucks) but there was nothing available on Rt 1 with acceptable response time. The county and dept could not outbid private developers on purchasing vacant land. Thought they got lucky w/Harley Davidson site but,during review, found out the site was unsuitable due to some sort of stability issue (if I remember the Patch article correctly)
Mike A. March 17, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I guess you do not know much about the FD.... And why it will be placed there...
Mike A. March 17, 2012 at 02:23 AM
They had property in 95 or 96... The EVFD voted against moving to the old drive in. The county exec said ok, stay where you are we can use the capital project money elsewhere. So they stayed put. Now the cost of land and construction has multiplied 2.5 to 3 times. This time the county said it needed to be in a certain area due to future stations being built and calculating response times. Look for the next station in a few years at near the MSP barracks.
AML March 18, 2012 at 05:48 PM
yeah it sucks for some and will be better for others..... You voted these people into office, if you don't like the job they are doing then vote them out!!!!!!!
Prof November 07, 2012 at 05:28 PM
This is exactly the reason we're in the incredible debt mess we find ourselves mired in and getting worse by the day. How much property damage and how many fatalities have there been over the past ten years because the EVFD response time was too slow compared to what it will be with this new station? Since you can be here from the old location in about 3 minutes I guess somehow Gov't. can justify the cost. I'd love a larger, new, state of the art house in a new neighborhood myself but there's nothing wrong with the one I'm in and I can't afford it - EXACTLY the same as the government but they'll just keep spending as long as someone will extend credit. This will end badly.


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