Worthy of great celebration is the U.S. General Services Administration's decision to locate a new 11-story federal office building at the corner of Baltimore and Howard streets. The site is in the middle of a ghost town that used to be Baltimore's premier shopping district. With some 1,300 federal workers trekking there by March 1992, the area will get a vast injection of energy and a new lease on life.
But that is not all. The developers of the $37-million "City Crescent" project -- the first of a cluster eventually encompassing another major office building as well as a 224-unit apartment complex atop a 750-space garage -- are black. Over more than a decade, William L. Adams' and Theo Rodgers' A & R Development Co. and Otis Warren's real estate firm have forged a reputation as builders of everything from housing for the elderly to upscale townhouses. "The City Crescent" is their biggest venture so far and signals their entry to office construction. It marks the first time a black company is building a showcase project downtown. With fewer than 545 days until desired occupancy, the federal office building will be built on an extremely tight schedule.
"This is a milestone," says Mr. Warren. We share his feeling of elation. The development site is two blocks from the new Camden Yards stadium and directly on the forthcoming 27-mile light-rail route that will link Glen Burnie with Hunt Valley. "The City Crescent" will be a highly visible monument for black progress and achievement.