Roland Park Announces Initiative to Purchase Country Club Land
The neighborhood will attempt to raise about $10 million as part of an open space initiative.
The Roland Park Civic League Tuesday announced a plan to raise $10 million in part to purchase and preserve land owned by the Baltimore Country Club.
The neighborhood’s new open space initiative, announced during the group’s annual meeting, would protect the 32-acre property from future development.
“If the space is changed from the way it is now, to a large institutional structure, and if I take at face value the club’s wish to stay in the club [house], I think I would much rather look down on a space in the way the community is striving to keep it, than a large educational or religious structure,” said Phil Spevak, president of the Roland Park Civic League.
Michael Stott, general manager of the Baltimore Country Club, attended the meeting, but said the announcement caught him off guard.
"This is the first time we've heard anything about it. We haven't been contacted by Roland Park in more than 12 months," Stott said. "So we didn't know anything about anything that was going on tonight."
Roland Park has been attempting to purchase the land on the west side of the neighborhood for years.
The land became a priority for the neighborhood nearly three years ago when Keswick Multi-Care announced plans to purchase 17.5 acres of land, and build a retirement community.
Neighborhood and government opposition caused the plan to fail.