Harford County reportedly purchased property on Water Street for $700,000—one of two addresses the County Council voted against acquiring this fall.
Previously, the property was used for storing pesticides and fuel.
Cleanup costs were a factor in the County Council's Nov. 5 decision against acquiring properties at 627 and 649 Water Street for a heritage park.
The proposal "had a lot of problems with it, and the cost factor was considerable," Council President Billy Boniface said after it was voted down, 5-1-1.
Boniface suggested the city of Havre de Grace fund the effort, like it did with a $1.29 million purchase near the Concord Point Lighthouse for an extension of the Promenade.
"...If they want to purchase this property, I'm sure it's still for sale and they can purchase it..." Boniface said.
As a member of the Board of Estimates, Boniface voted against the Water Street acquisition at the board's Dec. 19 meeting and while the purchase ended up going through, 4-2-1, his idea that Havre de Grace may need to contribute money may not be too far off the mark.
County Executive David Craig said Havre de Grace agreed to cover any remediation costs over $50,000, according to The Dagger.
Cleanup could cost up to $1 million, Harford County Chief of Property Management Erin Schafer told the County Council in the fall, according to The Aegis.
Mayor Wayne Dougherty did not confirm that the city would pay for the cost of remediation but told Patch on Dec. 30 that the city was supportive of the project.
"The city is open for discussion with Harford County about any parcels located on Water Street which would create open space,” Dougherty said.