Instead of ‘ghosts,’ residents want housing at this former tuberculosis sanatorium

It opened in 1934 as a tuberculosis sanatorium for patients who could not be treated in the District’s crowded hospitals. It next became a nursing home for the chronically ill, which closed in 1981. Since then, Glenn Dale Hospital in Prince George’s County has been vacant — the 210 acres in suburban Maryland the subject of ghost stories and a target for trespassers.

A bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly this legislative session, which ended Monday, could reinvigorate long-standing efforts to develop the sprawling site, residents and preservationists say.

The measure removes a state requirement that the hospital be used as a continuing care retirement community, which officials say made the property unattractive to developers.

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This article was originally published in the Washington Post.