Open-space initiative would protect the 32-acre Lutherville, Md., property from future development. Baltimore CC’s GM said he was caught off guard by the announcement.
The Roland Park Civic League plans to raise $10 million to purchase and preserve land owned by the Baltimore Country Club in Lutherville, Md., to protect the 32-acre property from future development, the North Baltimore Patch reported.
The plan, dubbed the open-space initiative, was announced at the group’s annual meeting.
“If the space is changed from the way it is now, to a large institutional structure, and if I take at face value the club’s wish to stay in the [clubhouse], I think I would much rather look down on a space in the way the community is striving to keep it, than a large educational or religious structure,” said Phil Spevak, President of the Roland Park Civic League.
Baltimore Country Club General Manager Michael Stott said the announcement caught him off guard.
“This is the first time we’ve heard anything about it. We haven’t been contacted by Roland Park in more than 12 months,” Stott said. “So we didn’t know anything about anything that was going on tonight.”
The neighborhood made the land a priority three years ago when Keswick Multi-Care announced plans to buy 17.5 acres of land and build a retirement community, Government opposition because of zoning issues caused that plan to fall through, and at that time the Roland Park group criticized Baltimore CC for not properly entertaining previous offers it said it had made for the land (see Baltimore CC Land Parcel to be Sold to Senior Facility Developer and Club Snubbed Offers for Land, Civic Group Says).