From The Baltimore (Md.) Sun:
Historic estate plans stir debate
Doughoregan owners may allow development
By Larry Carson
Originally published January 1, 2006
Howard County leaders are reacting cautiously to plans for developing part of Doughoregan Manor, the Colonial-era Carroll family estate, though a proposal to extend public utilities onto the land has drawn opposition.
The descendants of Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, have been talking with county officials since summer about their proposal to raise tens of millions of dollars to pay for restoration and preservation of their 1720 estate and its 20-room historic mansion, plus 30 other buildings on 892 acres, partly at public expense.
The large estate has acted as a buffer to the intense development to the east and south, but some worry that if water and sewer lines breach its boundaries, dense development could follow in the western part of the county.
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