The group that has been exploring plans to build a giant "medical mart" on Key Highway has also approached the Maryland Stadium Authority about obtaining control of a valuable parcel of state-owned land just east of the B&O warehouse in Camden Yards.
Bruce Hoffman, executive director of the Stadium Authority, identified the group last week as one of two that have expressed interest in recycling the Camden Station and developing 2 acres east of the 1,000-foot-long B&O warehouse, which will serve as a backdrop for the new baseball stadium.
The other group is headed by the Orioles. Representatives of the group disclosed in October that they would like to obtain rights from the state to construct a four-building complex east of the warehouse containing up to 600,000 square feet of office space. Besides the Orioles, members of the group include James Rouse's Enterprise Development Co. and Struever Bros., Eccles and Rouse Inc.
The Orioles group also wants to convert the historic Camden Station to a baseball-oriented tourist attraction with an Orioles Hall of Fame, a Maryland Sports Hall of Fame, a large cafe, a novelty store and other attractions, according to a proposal presented to the Stadium Authority.
The medical mart was proposed more than two years ago for 7 acres called the "Propeller Yard," just east of the Rusty Scupper Restaurant at the foot of Federal Hill. The land is owned by the developers of the $600 million HarborView condominium complex on Key Highway, and members of the HarborView development team are part of the group exploring the medical mart project.
Plans for the medical mart have never been unveiled, but city officials have indicated the project involves construction of a building or group of buildings that would provide several hundred thousand square feet of display space for groups marketing medically oriented products plus meeting space for medical conventions and seminars.
Although such a complex would create jobs and bring business to the city, the project has drawn opposition from some residents of south Baltimore, who say they don't want the city to permit construction of a building that would block views to or from Federal Hill.
Tom Marudas, vice president of HarborView Properties, the local component of the HarborView development team, confirmed that his group has had discussions with stadium authority representatives about the possibility of taking control of the land near the warehouse.
Mr. Marudas declined to say exactly what his group wants to build near Camden Yards or whether a Camden Yards project would be a substitute for the proposed medical mart on Key Highway or a supplement to it.
He did say, however, that he contacted stadium authority officials after learning that the Orioles were interested in the parcel.