Dual-purpose groundbreaking

A Monday groundbreaking in Cockeysville will serve two purposes.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin B. Kamenetz and Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance joined with community representatives to break ground for a new, $3 million, 14,260-square-foot community and PAL center adjacent to Padonia International Elementary School.

The facility will include a 6,000-square-foot gymnasium, a stage, activity rooms and a community room. But the gymnasium will also serve the school, whose existing gymnasium space will become additional space for instructional activities.

This will increase the capacity of Padonia International Elementary School, one of the central area schools that is currently over capacity, officials said.

The new community center will replace the current Cockeysville PAL Center, located across the street from the school. It will be managed by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks in conjunction with Padonia International Elementary School.

Construction is expected to be completed within the year.

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