The Maryland Board of Public Works voted 2-1 to buy the land in Kent County, Md. for $2.8 million. However, instead of leasing the land to the donor, the state will open up the process for others to submit requests to run such a project.
That, however, could take months, and it's unclear how the proposal might proceed under a new administration, when Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan takes office in January.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, a board member, heavily criticized the proposal and voted against it. Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp supported it.