The VSL Corp., the California-based group that is seeking...


August 07, 1991|By Edward Gunts

The VSL Corp., the California-based group that is seeking approval to build a 3,700-foot-long monorail to connect Harborplace and the Camden Yards stadium, has assembled a team of local design consultants to carry out the project.

The team includes the architectural firm of Grieves, Worrall, Wright and O'Hatnick, the designer of the Marine Mammal Pavilion on Pier 4 and the restoration of the Walters Art Gallery and the Hackerman House; the landscape architecture firm of Catherine Mahan and Associates; Penn Parking; and the civil engineering firm of Rummel, Klepper and Kahl. One of RKK's principals is William Hellmann, a member of the Maryland Stadium Authority, one of the groups reviewing VSL's bid.

The $17 million monorail would carry riders from Harborplace to the Camden Yards stadium and to a large parking lot south of Hamburg Street. David Wolkin, a VSL spokesman, said that the company has always built its systems for other clients and originally proposed to do the same in Baltimore. But the Camden Yards location is potentially such a good place for a people mover, he said, that company officials decided to "put our money where our mouth is" and build the system at no cost to the state.

VSL will share in the profits from the state-owned parking lot and will receive a per-passenger fee.

The site is particularly attractive, Mr. Wolkin said, because of the convergence the light rail and MARC lines and the proximity to the stadium, the possible Convention Center expansion, the Inner Harbor and the parking lot.

Around the region:

* Academy Row, a 21,679-square-foot office and retail center at 605 and 609-613 N. Eutaw St. in Baltimore, has been put on the market for $918,000.

* FutureKids, a nationwide network of computer learning centers, opened a Baltimore location at 2328 W. Joppa Road in Lutherville.

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