The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission began soliciting sealed bids last June for the purchase of a 60 acre portion of the Glenn Dale Hospital property, and the bidding process closes next week. According to an article in the Washington Post, M-NCPPC has not received a single call from any interested parties, and it may be possible that no serious bidders step forward before the September 14th deadline.
The parcel of land being sold includes the adult and children's hospital buildings along with several smaller structures. The winning bidder will be responsible for tearing down the buildings and removing asbestos at a cost estimated to be in the millions of dollars.
Existing legislation requires the 60 acres to be developed into a "continuing care retirement community," and the remaining 150 acres of the Glenn Dale Hospital site must be "kept as open space in perpetuity."
Some county residents question the motivation behind the sale in the final days of County Executive Jack Johnson's administration. The Washington Post published reports in 2008 of the county selling land in sweetheart deals to Johnson's friends and political contributors.