Builder teams to show plans for school site


May 26, 1991|By Edward Gunts

Four development teams have responded to the city housing department's search for a builder to construct up to 50 new residences on the former site of the Mordecai Gist Elementary School No. 69 in Howard Park.

Two of the four groups will present their plans to the community during a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby of Garrison Middle School, 3910 Barrington Ave.

The other two groups were declared non-responsive to the city's request for proposals -- and eliminated from the competition -- because their plans included row houses and the city asked for )) detached or semi-detached houses.

"We are very pleased that there is developer interest in West Baltimore," said Bill Toohey, housing department spokesman. "We're taking these [two] proposals to the community, and now we have to wait and see what the community says about them."

The 5.7-acre development site is bounded by West Cold Spring Lane and Granada, Oakford and Eldorado avenues. The teams still under consideration include:

* A joint venture of Commercial Energy Products Inc. and Chereco Co. Inc., two firms headed by Cheryl London. The group proposed building 44 modular homes -- eight detached and 36 semi-detached -- with prices ranging from $75,000 to $83,000. Stuart Jeffrey Macklin would be the architect, and the general contractor would be either Thomas P. Harkins Inc. or BCI Contractors. The total proposed investment is about $3.7 million.

* The team of Housing America Through Training Inc., a non-profit corporation affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Maryland; Bruce Scherr Development Co.; and Key Associates. That group proposed building 47 residences -- 42 semi-detached and five detached -- with prices from $85,000 to $98,500. Roland Campbell and Associates Realty would handle sales and Kelly, Clayton & Mojzisek Architects would be the architect. The proposed investment is about $4 million.

* Five restoration projects and two preservationists from Maryland's Eastern Shore were among the recipients of the 16th annual Historic Preservation Awards presented earlier this month the Maryland Historical Trust.

The projects cited include:

* Restoration of the 1878 Pine Street Police Station in Baltimore by the University of Maryland at Baltimore, for use by its campus police. The restoration architect was Edward A. Masek Jr.

* Interior and exterior restoration of the 18th century McDowell Hall at St. John's College in Annapolis, for continued use as administrative offices and classrooms. The architect is Weller, Fishback and Bohl Architects of Annapolis.

* The restoration of Woodlawn, an 1800s vintage estate in Ridge, by the Thomas Cox family.

* Restoration of the home base of the Historic Society of Carroll County, the 1807 Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House in Westminster. Joseph M. Getty was the coordinator.

* The restoration and expansion of the cast-iron fronted Wilkins-Robins building at Pratt and Howard streets, now known as the Marsh and McLennan Building. The developer was a group headed by Dan Stone and the architect was RTKL Associates.

A special commendation went to the production team responsible for the book, "Somerset: An Architectural History." It included Somerset Historic Trust Inc., the co-publisher and sponsor; author Paul Touart; editor Pamela Blumgart; Whitney Edwards Design, the designer; and Collins Lithographing Inc., the printer.

Service awards went to Elizabeth "Bettie" Morris of Salisbury, for her support of historic preservation activities in Wicomico County, and Wilbur Ross Hubbard of Chestertown, for his

support of historic preservation activities in Chestertown.

* * Baltimore County Council will hold a hearing at 2 p.m. Tuesday the conference room on the second floor of the Old Courthouse in Towson to discuss the proposed issuance of up to $16 million in economic development revenue bonds to help fund a 35-bed addition to the Stella Maris Hospice at 2300 Dulaney Valley Road and other renovation work there. Edmunds and Hyde Inc. of Baltimore would be the architect.

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