School board clears way for Elkton rec center
Declares desired land as surplus
— The Cecil County Board of Education unanimously declared a portion of their Booth Street property surplus on Monday, clearing another hurdle in the town’s plan to eventually build a community center on the land.
Cecil County Public Schools and the town have been in talks for months to
work out a deal that would allow Elkton to build a recreation center on the unused field off Stockton Street, behind the CCPS central administration offices. In exchange, Elkton would waive the permit fees associated with the building of the new Gilpin Manor Elementary School on Route 279.
Construction of that school, the system’s first completely new school since 1991, is slated to begin later this summer.
With the school board having now declared the land surplus, the state su- perintendent must approve the resolution before the school-owned property is turned over to the county. The county would then be able to negotiate the land transfer with the town of Elkton in exchange for the permit fees being waived, said Perry Willis, CCPS executive director of support services.
Once the recreation center is built, it would share parking with the CCPS central administration offices,
since these offices are primarily used during the day and most of the recreation center’s activities would take place in the late afternoon and evening hours, Willis said.
To further alleviate any traffic issues, Elkton officials have also proposed adding a road to connect the back of the recreation center property to Collins Street, allowing easier access to High Street, Willis said.
“This is something that the town, I believe, will find advantageous to them, and to us, to take most of the traffic off of the Stockton Street thoroughfare,” he said.
Also on Monday night, the school board declared the system’s maintenance building, located on Booth Street just before the entrance to the CCPS administration offices, as surplus property. With the opening of the new Cecil County School of Technology building on Appleton Road last August, CCPS has begun using the old school building in Bay View as its Administrative Services Center, and maintenance will now be housed there, Willis said.
This piece of property would follow the same process as the recreation center property and, following approval from the state superintendent, would be turned over to the county, Willis said.
Though there are no concrete plans, Willis said at a previous meeting that nearby Wrights A.M.E. Church had expressed interest in the land.
Brian Frymiare explains to a crowded room at the Rising Sun American Legion what he knows so far about the proposed broiler operation for a 209-acre farm on Ebenezer Church Road in the Zion area.
This map shows the tentative proposal to exchange land near Booth Street from Cecil County Public Schools to the town of Elkton for the purpose of building a community center.
This architectural plan shows the site of a future Elkton rec center as well as a potential access way along Collins Street.