Howard County recently purchased one of two parcels to build a new fire station for Elkridge.
The new firehouse is needed to improve response times and bring equipment up to modern standards, according to Fire Chief William Goddard. The fire chief in land on Bauman Drive and Montgomery Road last spring.
On March 2, the county purchased 4.75 acres at 6994 Montgomery Road, one of two adjacent properties it is buying for the station.
Jim Irvin, Howard County’s Director of Public Works, said that the closing on the second part of the property will take place in October.
"We paid $950,000 last week," said Irvin. "Another $200,000 will be paid in October at the second settlement."
A family is still renting the house at 6990 Montgomery Road and needs time to vacate, according to the Columbia Flier.
Both properties were owned by Belle Bauman of Queenstown, MD.
To buy the land, Irvin said that $500,000 came from a state grant, and the remainder was covered by the county's capital budget.
The station will cost $1 million to design and $10 million to $15 million to build, according to the Columbia Flier.
Since the fire department for the new station last year, the Howard County Board of Education has approximately one mile away, on Ducketts Lane.
Irvin said that the county has not yet looked into plans for traffic flow that include both the fire station and the school.
"The Department [of Public Works] will evaluate the traffic impacts for [the firehouse] as we begin the engineering for the project," said Irvin, who said that engineering "should be underway in the fall if the project receives approval in the upcoming budget for the design funds."
Residents last year that they were concerned about the traffic generated by the two projects.
Howard County Public School System commissioned traffic studies for the elementary school last summer but it has declined to make the studies public, despite requests by Elkridge Patch.
"I would not expect any major road improvements to occur at this point," Irvin said regarding the area near the fire station.
The call for an additional right turn lane at the intersection of US 1 and Ducketts Lane.
This article has been updated at 12:20 p.m. on March 13 to correct the acreage the county purchased.