The Laurel City Council tabled a motion Monday night that would allow commercial uses in the old Laurel Senior High School, which is in a residential neighborhood.
The city Boys and Girls Club leases the building from Prince George's County for $1 a year, but the cost of maintaining the building has sparked a request by the club to lease part of the building for commercial use.
"The neighborhood was concerned about commercial use for the building and so are we," Mayor Robert DiPietro said.
DiPietro said the Boys and Girls Club had $24,000 in heating-oil and water bills last year. "That's a big drain on a nonprofit, volunteer organization," he said. The club receives income through membership fees, fund-raising events and renting parts of the building to the city and some private schools.
Under DiPietro's plan, the city would take control of the building from the county and lease it to a new tenant. The Boys and Girls Club and the senior center would remain in the building, he said.
In another vote Monday, the council established a new zoning classification, called the Research and Technology Park Zone, for limited, clean industrial uses.
The council also awarded a $203,250 contract for reclamation of the landfill on Rte. 198 near the Patuxent River to Reliable Contracting Co. of Millersville.