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- Ehrlich seeks study of extending Metro to BWI Airport.
- Annapolis Capital, 2 Feb 2006 (by David Abrams, Staff Writrer).
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has proposed spending $1 million to study extending the Washington Metro through western Anne Arundel County, laying the groundwork to link the subway system to Baltimore and the burgeoning Fort George G. Meade area.
Buried in his six-year transportation plan released Jan. 18, Mr. Ehrlich proposed funding to determine the cost and feasibility of continuing the Green Line which now ends in Greenbelt, to Laurel, Odenton, Fort Meade and BWI Airport.
- Prince George’s gets $77M in state building budget; County’s share is the second-highest allocation in the state .
- Gazette, 2 Feb 2006 (by Douglas Tallman, Staff Writer).
Prince George’s County will receive nearly $77.5 million for nontransportation projects in Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s fiscal 2007 capital budget.
The county’s share exceeded all other jurisdictions except for Baltimore city, which is set to receive $184 million in projects.
The county school system is set to get $20.7 million, including $4 million for a new regional high school.
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Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said Wednesday that he had not looked at the projects earmarked for Prince George’s County.
‘‘I don’t ask for anything and he don’t give me nothing. This way, he can’t hurt me and I can lob cannon shots at him,” said Miller (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach
[Full story (includes a list of specific projects).
- P.G. Officials Pitch for More Retail Development.
- wjla.com, 2 Feb 2006 (AP).
- [Comment: Story has no mention of the steps Prince George's politicians have taken to discourage such development.]
The second most wealthy county in Maryland is Prince George's County, but the majority of the county's residents head somewhere else to shop.
Officials are hoping to change that by persuading shopping center developers to bring new projects to the area. . . .
- Police shortage halts building in Prince George’s; County puts three housing projects on hold.
- Gazette, 3 Feb 2006 (by Tiesha Higgins, Staff Writer).
Residential development in Prince George’s has been put on hold until the county hires enough police officers to meet requirements in new county law.
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One delayed project is Springhill Lake in Greenbelt, a 5,800-unit redevelopment effort to include townhomes, condominiums, apartments and a small shopping center.
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Each new home built in the county generates $14,000 to $19,000 for schools and public safety equipment. ‘‘How can we justify moving forward with new development when we haven’t even met 95 percent of our 2004 authorized strength, much less matched new units being built in the county?” asked County Councilman Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Dist. 4) of Bowie, who has taken the lead on the issue for the County Council.
- Development Permits Are First Sign of Activity at Landover Mall Site.
- Post, 3 Feb 2006 (by Krissah Williams, Washington Post Staff Writer).
- Prince George’s Hospital Center still seeking a partner; Alliance with a teaching hospital could help save the county facility.
- Day laborers rally for safety, fair pay; Professors’ study finds 11 percent of day laborers complain about police treatment and 20 percent have been hurt on job.
- Judges' Program Throws Light on the Law.
- Post, 2 Feb 2006 (by Ruben Castaneda, Washington Post Staff Writer).