ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s head of the Department of Juvenile Services is scheduled to meet with Carroll County officials to discuss a proposal to build a new detention center for girls in the county.

Eric Solomon, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, said department head Sam Abed is scheduled to meet with county officials Thursday.

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Solomon says the 48-bed facility would be built in Marriottsville on the grounds of the former Thomas O’Farrell Youth Center, which closed in 2008.

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Solomon says the total cost of the project is estimated to be about $53 million. Two public hearings are scheduled next month to talk about the proposal.

The department is looking to replace the Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center in Laurel, a residential center that is more than 50 years old.

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