Back in October of 2014 Salisbury University purchase around 3 acres of land with a lavish home on the Nanticoke River that included a large garage with an apartment above.
The home was owned by a Salisbury University faculty member Tom Horton and his then Wife, heiress to the Folgers Coffee empire.
Being that the two parted their ways, the home went up for sale for $650,000.00. From what we're told there were two offers on the property, aside from the University but the offers were for much less than $650,000.00 and the owners refused to take the offers.
In the end the University, (get this) paid the full list price of $650,000.00 to create what they are now calling their new "Environmental Field Laboratory".
When the University confronted the community they stated they wanted the property to conduct environmental studies as well as allow their Students to kayak on the Nanticoke River.
The University then exposed that the STATE would step in after TWO years and give the University a Grant to pay for the property. Many residents challenged the University because they want to keep it as a residential property and claimed they may hire a full time grounds keeper to live there. Uh Huh.
Once the State kicks in the funding, the property will then come off the tax base. There was discussion about parking as well as sewage and the University stated they'd just have to clean it out more often.
Residents have shown concern in Mardela Springs that the University simply bought the property so the higher ups have a place to go on weekends and in the summer as a retreat, more so than an environmental lab.
Isn't it just amazing how your tax dollars work in the state of Maryland and the educational system. Making so much money, (or should I say, taking so much money) and creating resorts for themselves.