Consultant likely to urge demolition of Eastern High bjB

September 06, 1991

The consultant hired to advise Baltimore on development opportunities for the Memorial Stadium area is likely to recommend the demolition of Eastern High School, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday.

Mr. Schmoke said he expects the consultant, K. S. Sweet Associates of Radnor, Pa., to issue its report by the end of the month. The mayor said the report will probably recommend that Eastern High School be leveled and that a site plan for the 55-acre plot be developed next year.

Earlier, a task force created by Mr. Schmoke had recommended that the city explore finding a new use for Eastern High School rather than tearing it down. Part of the purpose of hiring K. S. Sweet, however, was to determine whether the site would be more attractive to development with or without the school building.

One of the complicating factors was the existence of asbestos in the building.

Officials of K. S. Sweet could not be reached for comment last night.

Sarah Trenary, a senior vice president at BEDCO, the city agency charged with devising recommendations for the use of the Memorial Stadium site, refused to confirm that the high school would be demolished "because we want to be able to release the findings as a whole and not piecemeal."

Mr. Schmoke said he hoped the report would be ready in time to display proposed plans for the Memorial Stadium area at the City Fair, scheduled to be held in the school parking lot Sept. 20-22.

City officials have said that they expect to settle the future of Eastern High School sooner than that of Memorial Stadium.

The National Football League is expected to decide by the end of 1992 which cities will be awarded new professional football franchises. If Baltimore is one of those cities, Memorial Stadium would have to remain standing until a new football stadium could be completed at Camden Yards.

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