Glenn Dale Hospital in Glenn Dale, MD has sat vacant for almost 30 years. Although the main buildings are currently structurally sound, they are rapidly deteriorating. This is partially due to more recent weather issues including blizzards, storms and most recently, an earthquake. Many of the problems are also due to neglect. The children's hospital building has severe roof damage with fallen brick surrounding the ground-level areas. An underground tunnel system may also compromise the structural stability of the buildings if not assessed and properly reinforced. Wood frame structures on the property are in worse shape than their reinforced concrete counterparts, with deteriorated porches and dormers. Their wooden floors will not hold much weight before collapsing underfoot.
There is little time left to save these buildings, the time to act is now. House Bill 113 (Del. James W. Hubbard) states that the property must be used as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), with the remaining land set aside as public park space. While this idea is highly appropriate, the bill has been in effect since 1994 and no one has come forward with a plan for developing a CCRC on site. Other ideas for development have been rejected. Adjusting the restrictions of the law to allow for other adaptive reuse possibilities, along with a solid marketing strategy for the property's sale, is the best course of action to keep the buildings from further neglect and decay. In the interest of saving a historic landmark, and allowing citizens to benefit from its use once again, we urge you to change the law.