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The College of Southern Maryland announced Wednesday that it has selected Hughesville for the location of a fourth campus, instead of Charlotte Hall. The new campus will be home to a 40,000-square-foot Center for Trades and Energy, to replace a leased facility in Waldorf.

The college selected 50 acres owned by Hughesville Station and will purchase it for about $770,000, CSM President Brad Gottfried said Wednesday.

The property is across the Route 5 bypass from a Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership in Hughesville. The college also has the option to buy 20 more acres from Hughesville Station in the future.

“The college’s administrators and trustees took additional time to ensure that we made the right decision,” said Austin J. Slater Jr., chairman of the CSM board of trustees, in a statement. “We used the following factors in our decision: cost, accessibility, visibility, size and ease of development. We’re confident that this property meets our criteria, and we’re pleased to be moving forward.”

“It’s a prime location for us,” Gottfried said.

The new campus could also house a consolidated health sciences facility, a new fine arts center and more athletic fields, Gottfried said.

“Locating the fourth campus in Hughesville demonstrates the commitment of the College of Southern Maryland and the Charles County Commissioners to making higher education more accessible, and Charles County is honored to have the College of Southern Maryland presence in an area that the commissioners are focusing on for revitalization,” said Candice Quinn Kelly (D), president of the Charles County commissioners, in a statement.

jbabcock@somdnews.com