City meeting with teams competing to bid for health agency building contract


May 01, 1991|By Edward Gunts

A businessman who is part of a group competing for a Baltimore development parcel was misidentified in an article in yesterday's Business section. He is Kenneth Wilson, a former senior vice president of the Afro-American newspapers and current president of the Inner Harbor Marina and the Dorchester Group of Baltimore.

The Sun regrets the error.

Baltimore redevelopment officials are meeting with 17 construction teams to select one to compete for the right to build a new headquarters for the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration.

The Schmoke administration originally received 22 letters of interest from development groups, but the list has been reduced to 17 because some of the teams have either dropped out or joined forces.


Jeff Middlebrooks, vice president of development for Center City-Inner Harbor Development Inc., the city agency in charge of downtown development, said that officials there hope to select one group by mid-May to put in a proposal to the federal government to develop the HFCA headquarters. The city is making available a two-acre parcel bounded by Camden, Pratt, Eutaw and Paca streets for the project.

"It's very positive for Baltimore," Mr. Middlebrooks said of the interest. "There are some well-known names, some very powerful teams. It's going to be very difficult to make a selection."

The General Services Administration is seeking bids from groups capable of building a 664,000-square-foot, $97 million project that could house up to 3,300 employees. At the health-care agency's request, the GSA has limited the geographical areas under consideration to part of downtown Baltimore and an area stretching from Woodlawn to Owings Mills in Baltimore County.

Baltimore County officials say that they have identified eight groups with their own land to offer. Rather than side with any of them, however, county officials intend to work with all of them throughout the competition process.

Among the groups that are being interviewed this week and next about the city site are:

* A joint venture of the Rouse Co. and the Whiting Turner Contracting Co. No architect has been selected yet because the team members want to see the federal government's official solicitation for offers and consult with city officials before naming a designer, according to Robert Minutoli, Rouse's senior development director. Mr. Minutoli also said Rouse would not offer land it owns in the Owings Mills area of Baltimore County if it is named to develop the city site, but that it may offer Owings Mills property to HCFA if it is not awarded the downtown site.

* A joint venture of the Cordish Co. of Baltimore and the Lefrak Organization of New York. Other partners include Dorchester Group, a minority business enterprise headed by Joseph Haskins, president of the Harbor Bank of Baltimore; Kenneth Wilson, president of the Inner Harbor Marina and senior vice president of the Afro-American newspaper; Andrew Bryant, an architect in Washington; and Dame Development Inc., a company headed by Blair Barton. Cesar Pelli and Associates and the Columbia Design Collective would be the architects.

* Six A/HCFA Associates, a group made up of Prentiss Properties Ltd. Inc. of Washington, the developer; Kohn Pederson Fox Associates of New York, the architect; and George Hyman Construction Co. of Bethesda, the builder. William H. Parsons Jr. is the local representative.

* The Evans Co. of McLean, Va. Other team members include Otis Warren Real Estate, development partner; Essex Construction Co. of Baltimore, construction manager; GBQC Architects of Philadelphia; Settles Associates of Arlington, Va., interior architecture and design.

* The Baltimore office of Trammell Crow Co., which has not

selected an architect. Like Rouse, Trammell Crow controls land in Owings Mills and would not offer that land to the GSA if selected for the downtown site, according to partner Dirk Mosis. If not selected for the downtown site, though, it may offer its Owings Mills property to the GSA, he said.

Also in the running are teams headed by the ArcVantage Group Inc. of Washington; BPT Properties LP of New York; a mystery group represented by the law firm of Dalnekoff & Mason in Annapolis; Foulger-Pratt Development Inc. of Rockville; Hines Interests Limited Partnership of Boston; JMB/Urban Development Co. of Philadelphia; Lincoln Property Co. of Washington; Linpro Co. of Silver Spring; the Prime Group of Dallas; Realen Properties of Berwyn, Pa.; Republic Properties Corp. of Washington; and Spaulding and Slye of McLean, Va.


Around the region:

* The Palladium, a catering facility at 3010 Druid Park Drive , will be sold at an auction on the premises Friday at 2 p.m. A. J. Billig & Co. is the auctioneer.

* The Barclay Square Apartments, a 145-unit complex at 1270-1276 Woodbourne Ave., will be sold at an auction on the premises on Friday at 11 a.m. A. J. Billig is the auctioneer.

* The Pine Street Police Station at 214 N. Pine St., a national landmark that has been restored to house the campus security system for the University of Maryland at Baltimore, will be officially reopened in a ceremony on May 10 at 11 a.m.

* Cho, Wilks & Benn Architects has named George Holback a principal of the firm.

* John and Marlene Schaub, owners of Tabs Et Cetera, Inc., manufacturers and distributors of plastic notebook tabs, purchased 20,000 square feet of office and industrial space at 1720 Edison Highway in Baltimore. Glenn Charlow and Craig Lewis of Manekin Corp. represented the buyers and sellers.

* A 1.4-acre development parcel at 1920 Forest Drive near the Gardner Retail Center in Annapolis sold at auction recently for $325,000 to E. L. Gardner, the owner of the adjoining property. A. J. Billig was the auctioneer.

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