American Planning Association gives 12 awards


November 11, 1990|By Edward Gunts

The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association recently named four individuals and seven groups or organizations as award winners in its 1990 planning awards program.

Three of the individual winners were: John Morgan, a member of the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning at Towson State University; Uri Avin, director of planning and zoning for Howard County and chief architect of the plan to control growth in that county; and Tom Harrison, chairman of the Maryland Program Committee for the past 10 years, who was recognized for his lifetime contribution to the American Planning Association.

Other award winners included:

* The Maryland Forest, Parks and Wildlife Service, which won the "Professional Exchange Award" for Natural Design in Development, an ongoing series of conferences designed to promote development compatible with the environment.

* David Whitaker, a student in the Masters of Community Planning Program at the University of Maryland Institute for Urban Studies, who won the "Individual Outstanding Student Achievement Award" for a report entitled "Antietam: A Legacy of Critical Choices."

* Janet Bagsby, Mary Bandziukas, John A. Cook, Scott D. Nelson, John Papagni, David Whitaker and Debra Zweier, also University of Maryland students, who won the "Group Outstanding Student Achievement Award," for a study entitled "The Corner Store: A Study of A Southeast Baltimore Neighborhood."

* The Baltimore City Department of Planning, which won the "Excellence in Planning Award," for its work on five projects: the Marina Master Plan 1989, the Carr-Lowrey Planting Project, the Memorial Stadium Redevelopment Task Force Proc

ess, the Key Highway Waterfront Study, and the Camden Yards Stadium Analysis.

* The Baltimore City Department of Planning's Carr-Lowrey Planting Project, which won the "Chesapeake Bay Public-Private Partnership Award" for a cooperative effort between the public and private sectors in protecting Chesapeake Bay. With financial and technical assistance from the city and the state, the Carr-Lowrey Glass Co. was able to transform a 1,000-foot strip of barren shoreline into an area that will be forested and home for wildlife.

* The City of Annapolis Planning and Zoning Department, which won the Professional Achievement -- Economic Development Award," for the Maryland Watermen's Co-op, a seafood processing plant leased to the Maryland Watermen's Cooperative.

* Anne Arundel County, which won the "Public Leadership Award," for the Ritchie Highway Road Showcase, a landscaped median in the Ritchie Highway corridor near Marley Station.

* The Maryland Independent newspaper, which won the "Outstanding Planning Journalism Award" for its coverage of the Charles County Comprehensive Plan.


Around the region:

* The Olney Town Center Development Corp. of Columbia recently launched sales for Foxridge at McDonogh, a new "carriage town home" community overlooking the campus of the McDonogh School in Owings Mills. The residences feature two- or three-level living with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms and a choice of garage or family room. Prices start at $107,600 to $114,500 and they have up to 1,975 square

feet of finished living space.

* Baltimore's Department of Housing and Community Development has set Jan. 11 as the deadline for bids for the former fire station at 831 N. Calvert St. in the Mount Vernon historic district. The 6,600-square-foot firehouse dates from 1910.

City officials say proposed uses must be limited to the following: residences, offices, home occupations, museums, galleries, libraries, schools and studios including art, music, dances and photography, or similar establishments as approved by city Housing Commissioner Robert Hearn. City officials say they will give preference to proposals from office developers in the architectural, graphics, engineering, design or advertising fields. They also will give preference to developers who plan to be owner-occupants.

* The Property Owners Association of Greater Baltimore Inc. will present a Landlord Survival Seminar Nov. 21 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at the Tremont Plaza Hotel, 222 St. Paul Place. The seminars are divided into four sessions and will focus on tenant selection policies, discrimination issues, eviction and rent court procedures, lease arrangements, maintenance, and legal compliance with municipal codes, among other issues. Advance registration is necessary and can be made by calling the association at 727-1324.

* Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development lent $657,280 to the Sandtown-Winchester Improvement Association in Baltimore to help fund the construction of 11 three-bedroom town houses at Stricker and Lauren streets. The buildings, known as Sandtown Manor, will be complete by the end of December and will be rented to eligible families for $300 a month.

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