Prince George's County officials have reached an agreement with the District of Columbia to purchase the 209-acre Glenn
Dale Hospital site near Bowie for $3.95 million.
The land with remian undeveloped, according to officials. The county had considered selling it to a developer but
has yeilded instead to the wishes of neighbors to keep the land as open space.
The announcement yesturday by County Executive Parris N. Glendening concludes a long-running saga over the fate of the
former District facility that operated first as a tuberculosis sanitarium and then as a nursing home for the chronically ill
and disabled from the 1930s until it closed in 1972.
Since then, there have been periodic proposals to use the site for a District jail, drug treatment facility or, most
recently, a $19.2 million, 10-acre health spa and health center for D.C. government employees.
The last proposal, made last spring, was quashed by the D.C. Council, concerned about the city's rising deficit and proposed
"We could have had a District of Columbia federal prison or landfill on this vast property, which would clearly have
been a disservice to surrounding communities and the enitre county," Glendening said in a statement.
The purchase has been in the works since March 1988. However,