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County to Acquire Property for Relocation of State’s Attorney’s Office

Post Date:01/21/2020 12:21 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2020

SAO Property

ELKTON, MD. – County Executive Alan McCarthy announced today that Cecil County Government has entered in to an option agreement with Cecil Bank for the acquisition of the building, and adjacent parking lot, located at 114 North Street in Elkton.

The property is intended to be the new home of the Office of the State’s Attorney (SAO) for Cecil County, currently housed inside the Circuit Courthouse, located at 129 East Main Street, Elkton.

The relocation will then provide available space in the courthouse for a long-awaited, additional court room, which would not otherwise be feasible.

“Our time in the Circuit Court has been good, but we have outgrown this space. Since my administration has transitioned from part-time to full-time prosecutors, and with the growth of the office, this space is too small. We have staff who are located in hallways because we have run out of room,” explained State’s Attorney James Dellmyer.

The 11,000 (+/-) square-foot structure lies on 8,680-square-feet of land, with approximately 40 parking spaces, on North Street, directly across from PNC Bank. SAO staff will utilize all three floors for offices and the available basement area for storage.

“The North Street property will allow us to conduct trainings for prosecutors and law enforcement, and will help us to better serve our mission to protect public safety. The building also will include adequate space to properly host victims and witnesses of crime, and to serve as a central location to coordinate with the various law enforcement agencies in the County,” added Dellmyer.

The County will allocate $1.5 million for the purchase of the property, and will be included in the Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Improvement Plan.

According to County Attorney Jason Allison, the county is currently engaged in its 120-day due diligence period under the option, and would anticipate going to settlement before the end of the 2020 calendar year, assuming the option is exercised by the County Executive and appropriation approved by County Council.

"The availability of the former Cecil Bank property will provide the State’s Attorney’s Office adequate office and meeting room space, as well as an abundant parking lot, in close proximity to the Circuit Courthouse and District Court buildings," explained McCarthy. “The North Street location will serve the state’s attorney’s office for many years to come.”

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
jlyall@ccgov.org


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