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Race Road Developer Says Intermodal Not Off Table

A partner in a development company says the state could condemn land to build an intermodal facility in Elkridge.


When a gravel company announced it was moving forward with plans to build an asphalt plant on Race Road, some Elkridge residents thought CSX may have turned its attentions away from their neighborhood.

The railroad company, in partnership with the state, has had its eye on a 75-acre parcel at Hanover and Race roads for several years.

The site in Hanover is one of four that CSX and its partner, the Maryland Department of Transportation, are considering for building a train-truck depot called an “," where cargo can be double-stacked on trains and transferred between trucks, but .

During a public meeting last month, a spokesman for the told Elkridge citizens that CSX had an option on the property that would expire May 5.

Caleb Gould, managing partner of Konterra—the development company that owns the land at 6330 Race Rd.—said more recently that his agreements with railroad company CSX were confidential.

Gould declined to comment in a May 14 interview on whether his company had renewed the option with CSX.

“I don’t think it’s pertinent to what we’re doing," he said. "Our interest is to  on our site, and we’re trying to go through the process of that now. I don’t really think I should be commenting on my negotiations with CSX.” 

But he said that residents who live on the other side of the tracks from his property—where there are more than 200 homes—needed to realize the possibility that the intermodal facility could become a reality.

“The community should bear that in mind that even if [CSX] went away and didn’t have any property under option…it doesn’t mean that their project is necessarily off the table,” said Gould. “There’s always the possibility that the state could condemn [land]. For us, that was a very real consideration—it still is.”

Four sites are  to identify which one will house the intermodal facility, which the state plans to open by 2015 to coincide with the widening of the Panama Canal and its accompanying influx of freight.

Two candidate sites are in Howard (Race/Hanover Road and Montevideo Road); one is in Anne Arundel (Brock Bridge Road); and another is in Prince George’s County (Beltsville Agricultural Research Center).

The evaluation process for the four candidate sites will conclude by the end of 2012.

The permitting process for the asphalt plant—which Konterra and its subsidiary, Laurel Sand and Gravel, hope to have up and running in the next year and a half—is under way. 

"We have to hear back from MDE [Maryland Department of the Environment] and they’ll tell us what the next steps are, if there are any, or make a determination," said Gould. "It's possible that we’d have a hearing."

Regardless, the Elkridge community has said it will continue to resist the idea of the intermodal facility as it has since the last March.

Howard Johnson, president of the Greater Elkridge Community Association, said during a meeting last week: "We don’t stop until tracks are laid and trains are somewhere in Baltimore."

Paul D May 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Unbelievable...tax payer dollars are being donated for this CSX project and major components of the development process are being hidden from the public.
Jack May 17, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Is this article sugesting Elkridge could end up with both the intermodal and asphalt plant? And, the hcpss is going to build a school in the area?
gary logan May 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM
When CSX released its cost estimates of the 4 sites under consideration last november, with the race road location being the least expensive, there was no explanation of how these estimates were calculated. Six months later, I have yet to see one. Have steps been taken to put this whole issue on the ballot this november?
Paul D May 21, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I have contacted CSX and MDOT directly requesting more detailed information on the cost estimates. MDOT passed the buck to CSX. CSX continues to refuse to release the information.
TERESA May 21, 2012 at 04:29 AM
YOU CAN NOT TRUST CSX!!!
TERESA May 21, 2012 at 04:45 AM
READ WHAT KEITH SUMMY MAYOR OF NORTH CHARLESTON HAS TO SAY ABOUT CSX INTERMODAL. HE SAID, CSX INTERMODAL IS THE WORSE MISTAKE EVER MADE, THE NOISE OF THE CONTAINERS BEING SHUFFLED, TRUCKERS SLEEPING IN CAB IN NEIGHBORHOODS, STACKING CONTAINERS SO HIGH IT IS ALL NEIGHBORS CAN SEE WHEN THEY LOOK OUT THEIR WINDOWS. THEY MAY START OUT WITH 70 ACRES BUT ONCE PROPERTY VALUE DECLINES THEY WILL BUY THE PROPERTY OF THE RESIDENCE AND THE RESIDENCE WILL EXCEPT IT BECAUSE THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO SALE... THEY WILL EXPAND. EVERYTHING WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY IS DESTROYED. THEY WILL PUT CONCRETE OR ASPHALT ON THE PROPERTY AND HURT LOCAL BUSINESS... THEY BECOME SELF CONTAINED! CONTAINERS INTERING THE US HAS TRIPLED SINCE 2004, BUT EXPORTS HAVE DECLINED, NO WHERE TO STORE THEM! THE INTERMODAL BECOMES AND GLORIFIED CONTAINER PARKING LOT. ONCE YOU LET THEM COME THEY ARE THERE FOR THE DURATION YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO MAKE THEM LEAVE. YOU ARE MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE, THE TAX PAYERS WILL HAVE TO PAY TO ACCOMMODATE CSX DUE TO THE CONSTANT WARE ON ROADS. THIS OUTFIT WILL RUN 24/7 AND WILL NOT BE COST EFFECTIVE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY.
Concerned Elkridgean May 22, 2012 at 02:13 PM
There is a law that was passed in Howard County that you cannot use eminent domain. I don't know if the state could really condemn land for this purpose. can CSX do the intermodal without these 10 acres?
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