By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - State lawmakers were asked Tuesday to approve the formation of a public-private corporation that would take charge of converting Fort Ritchie to a combination technology park and corporate training center after the Army leaves.
"We view this as a phenomenal opportunity for economic growth and jobs in Washington County," Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, told the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.
He was testifying in favor of a bill (H.B. 1319) that would create the PenMar Development Corp.
It would replace the existing Local Redevelopment Authority and take possession of the 638-acre fort when it is scheduled to close Oct. 1, 1998, said Robert Sweeney, executive director of the authority.