The New Carrollton City Council asked Mayor Jordan Harding last week to find out how the city could acquire a former special education center from Prince George's County, to be used for city offices.
Officials are considering the former Princess Gardens Special Education Center, which closed last year, as a site for some city operations, according to City Administrator John Brunner.
"We desperately need additional meeting space for community organizations," Brunner said, noting that the council meets in area schools when a high attendance is expected because City Hall has no wheelchair ramps for the handicapped.
Brunner said the state would continue to pay any bond debts that are outstanding on the former school. Other school buildings in the area are being used by government groups, he said, including Bowie City Hall (formerly Kenhill Elementary School) and the National Capitol Park Police station near the intersection of Riverdale Road and the Baltimore Washington Parkway, once the site of Wildercroft Elementary School.
New Carrollton officials described the former school as ideal. Said Brunner: "As a special ed center before, it's been totally geared toward the handicapped."
The council also reorganized its hierarchy last week. Robert M. Potter was elected council chairman, Cheryl T. Smith, vice chairwoman, and Robert E. Martini, mayor pro tem.