50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

HAN­NAH COMBS

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