State approves renovations for 2 MSU dorms

November 21, 1990|By William Thompson | William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff

Renovations for a pair of Morgan State University dormitories were given the go-ahead today with approval by the state Board of Public Works to spend $500,000 for architectural and design services.

The board action in Annapolis is the latest in a series of construction and renovation efforts under way by the Schaefer administration in response to charges made earlier this year by Morgan students that the university's physical needs have been overlooked by the state.

Renovations to Harper and Tubman houses, two dorms built in 1952 and 1940 respectively, are scheduled to be completed by the fall of 1992, said Earl Seboda, secretary of the Department of General Services.

Because of the urgency to modernize the dorms, which house 315 residents, the board asked that the lengthy process normally taken to hire a consultant be expedited.

In other action today, the board granted Baltimore a wetlands license to begin work along the Inner Harbor off South Caroline Street to prepare a site that eventually will be occupied by a marine railway and boat-building enterprise.

The license will allow the city to build a temporary bulkhead and to fill in a tidal basin with soil. The site will be designed for activities related to the Lady Maryland project, a program to teach boat-building skills to inner city youths.

Allied Chemical will help fund the fill-in project, said Lady Maryland coordinator Dennis O'Brien, and pay the state $150,000 for construction of a "fish passage" on the Patapsco River.

O'Brien said that when the project is completed, it will include carpentry shops, a 54-slip marina and possibly work areas where boat wright apprentices and other laborers can make repairs on the state's dwindling fleet of oyster skipjacks, the country's last commercial boats that harvest seafood under sail.

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