50 YEARS AGO
A low rent housing project in the Grasonville area moved closer to reality this week as some of the mass of government red tape began to unwind.
This project could well be the first giant step toward ending forever the disgraceful living conditions long existing at Kent Narrows.
The project under consideration has been proposed by Episcopal Homes Inc. of Baltimore. The plan presented called for this county to apply for federal assistance money to be used by the church organization for building a 48-unit low rent housing project in or around Grasonville for relocation of families now living in the Narrows. •• • A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the southbound lane of U.S. Route 301 for almost 22 miles through Queen Anne’s County will be held Thursday, July 28 at 11 a.m.
Gov. J. Millard Tawes is to cut the ribbon officially opening the dual lane, which will make 301 dual from the Bay Bridge, a distance of nearly 40 miles. Only a short distance in upper Queen Anne’s and Kent counties remains to be dualized.
Work began last summer and was completed on schedule. The [State Roads Commission] said the total cost amounted to $2,263,936.28. •• • The Cloverfields Improvement Association of Kent Island recently won a suit in Magistrate’s Court against two property owners in their development for payment of membership dues delinquent since 1963.
Certain covenants in the original deeds to two parcels of land which make up part of the Cloverfields development are included in the contracts of sale on all lots purchased in this residential area. One of the requirements is that each property owner shall pay the sum of $20 a year per lot for a recreation and improvement fee.
The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners spent most of last Tuesday hearing sewer service requests for business and residential use in the Kent Island area, of which only a few had been given preliminary approval by the Department of Public Works.
Among the requests for sewage that the Public Works Department recommended and the commissioners approved, were for a proposed motel and restaurant on the current of the Eastern Shore Motor Lodge, and a private lot in downtown Stevensville.
The remaining requests, which may be put on hold until next quarter, included a proposed retirement community in Chester, just south of the Queen’s Landing development. ••• Now that Fox’s store on Commerce Street has a new look, residents and merchants hope it will attract new businesses to Centreville.
Publicly regarded as an “eyesore,” Fox’s stood locked behind board windows for 27 months after a devastating fire in 1988. Now almost everybody is pleased with the store’s new look.
[Owner’s son Alan] Goldstein said there are no definite plans for the building. According to town officials no one has applied for an occupancy permit, but Goldstein said that discussion has begun concerning Fox’s future. ••• The Memorial Hospital at Easton and its parent corporation, Shore Health Care, announced that William W. Duncan of St. Michaels will lead the board of directors as its chairman for a twoyear term. Serving with Duncan as co-vice chairman is educator Harry Rhodes, Ph.D., of Queenstown as treasurer.
Rhodes retired as dean of faculty of Anne Arundel Community College, a position he held from 1967 to 1973. Prior to that, he was superintendent of schools for Queen Anne’s County from 1952 until 1967.