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Commissioners Oppose Demolition of Schools

The public can learn more about the issue by attending a meeting on Thursday night at Trinity Church in Upper Marlboro.

A public informational meeting is scheduled Thursday night to discuss Prince George's County government's plans to demolish two historic schools in Upper Marlboro.

A resolution passed at Tuesday night’s town meeting objects to the demolition. Old Marlboro Primary School and Old Marlboro High School are located at 14524 Elm St.

The Town of Upper Marlboro Board of Commissioners urged the county to restore the schools in an effort to preserve the town's historic heritage. The full resolution is attached to this article.

Patch previously reported that Upper Marlboro officials learned of the  in September and that developer Alt Breeding Schwarz plans to build a Family Justice Center on the site.

The commissioners wrote a letter in December to Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. Arguments state the school cannot be demolished because it's listed on the historic registry and exterior changes can't be made to historic sites until permission is granted by the Park and Planning Commission.

There is an informational meeting for the public scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the  parish hall at 14515 Church St.

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