Baltimore's downtown planning effort is the subject of a series of brown-bag lunches sponsored this week and next by the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.
The free lecture series, "Downtown Baltimore: The Shape of Things to Come," is designed to inform the public on the "Strategy for the Progressive Development of Downtown," an 18-month planning process launched by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke in May of 1989.
During each session, citizens involved in a specific portion of the planning process will talk about their work so far and the recommendations they have made.
The series is being held at Old Saint Paul's Church, Charles and Saratoga streets. Each luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m. The topics and schedule of lunches are:
* Urban Design: Nov. 29.
* Transportation: Dec. 5.
* Downtown Living: Dec. 7.
More information is available from the CPHA at 539-1369.
Around the region:
* Michael Steinberg, a physician, renewed his lease of 785 square feet at Grosvenor Century Plaza in Columbia. Robert Vaeth of W.C. Pinkard and Co. negotiated the transaction.
* State Street Bank and Trust Co. of Maryland plans to move its local headquarters and about 160 employees from Woodlawn to about 20,000 square feet of office space in the Alexander and Alexander II building, one of several office buildings that the Rouse Co. has built near Owings Mills mall. The move is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
* The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Towson will move its Washington office to a 5,200-square-foot space at 7475 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda. The landlord, JBG Associates, was represented by Barnes, Morris & Pardoe Inc. Larry Bank of the Fred Ezra Co. represented Whiting-Turner.
* The Bata Land Co. Inc. is now conducting its business under the name BLC Properties Inc. The name was changed, principals say, to reflect the company's future emphasis, which will be almost exclusively on industrial development projects, primarily in Harford County.
* NIRSystems Inc. of Silver Spring plans to build a two-story, 54,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at the Tech Center 29 business park on U.S. 29 in Montgomery County. Morgan Gick and Associates is the architect. The Beuchert Co. is the developer of the business park. Work will begin in mid-November and be complete in April 1991.