Elk­ton eyes ar­mory

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRAD KRO­NER bkro­ner@ches­pub.com

ELK­TON — Af­ter mak­ing a $76,000 deal last month with Ce­cil County gov­ern­ment to ac­quire a piece of county land for use as a com­mu­nity cen­ter, the town of Elk­ton is now pur­su­ing the Mary­land Na­tional Guard’s LTC James Vic­tor McCool Ar­mory in Elk­ton, ex­pected to cost $790,000, for use as the com­mu­nity cen­ter.

When the ar­mory was de­clared sur­plus by the Mary­land Mil­i­tary Depart­ment a month ago, Elk­ton Mayor Rob Alt and the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers de­cided that the town wasn’t in a fi­nan­cial po­si­tion to buy the his­toric build­ing.

Now, af­ter the town’s ap­pli­ca­tion for a state com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment grant has failed, the town is set­tings its eyes back on the 100-year-old prop­erty.

The com­mis­sion­ers voted to sig­nify in­ter­est in pur­chas­ing the prop­erty, which would cost nearly $800,000 to ac­quire and

See AR­MORY Page A14


The Elk­ton Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, led by Mayor Rob Alt, de­cided Wed­nes­day to pur­sue ac­quir­ing the Elk­ton Ar­mory for use as a town recre­ational cen­ter, aban­don­ing a pre­vi­ous plan to build one on Booth Street.

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