William North, executive vice president of the National Association of Home Builders, will be the keynote speaker today at the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors' convention, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall.
Mr. North will discuss "The Infrastructure of the Real Estate Industry" starting at 9 a.m. today. Other scheduled speakers include John Tuccillo, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors; Robert Kleinpaste, president of Legg Mason Realty Group; and David M. Gillece, the Schmoke administration official who worked on the recent merger of the Baltimore Economic Development Corp. and Center City-Inner Harbor Development Inc.
More than 130 exhibitors have signed up for the annual event, which is expected to draw hundreds of real estate professionals. Admission is $15 per person at the door.
A development team headed by Otis Warren, which was under a Sept. 30 deadline to come up with financing and begin construction on a $37 million office building for federal agencies, has been given a little extra time.
John Thompson, a spokesman for the U.S. General Services Administration, said the developers have demonstrated that "they're extremely close to putting together a package," and the government's contracting officer has given them until the end of this week to satisfy the GSA that they are capable of moving ahead with the project.
The 10-story City Crescent building has been planned for the southwest corner of Baltimore and Howard streets. If Mr. Warren's group is unable to proceed with the project, officials say, the GSA might award the project to the next lowest bidder, the Rouse Co., or seek new bids.
The Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects will recognize the winners of its 1991 design awards program during dinner Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Clarence "Du" Burns soccer pavilion on Boston Street in Canton.
Ten projects recently were selected for awards out of 73 JTC submitted for consideration. The jurors were Philadelphia architect Charles Dagit, Cleveland architect Peter van Dijk, and Richmond, Va., architect Samuel Anderson III. The AIA chapter is also presenting several other awards for community service, which will be announced on the day of the banquet. Information is available from the AIA at 625-2585.
Around the region:
* After reviewing five proposals, The Baltimore Urban League selected Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse to be the general contractor for the $4.5 million renovation of the Orchard Street Methodist Church for continued use as headquarters for the Baltimore Urban League and an African-American cultural arts center and museum. Struever Bros. submitted a bid of $2.25 million for its portion of the project and is expected to begin work this fall.
Of the more than $250,000 that has been collected from African-American businesses for the project, the largest single contribution was $100,000. It came from Henry Baines and Edward Hunt, owners of the Stop, Shop and Save Food Market Chain and Management Co.
* A three-story office building at 714 Park Ave. was acquired at auction by Maryland National Bank this week for $237,500. The auction was a foreclosure sale on behalf of Maryland National. The property was owned by a group headed by developer Norman Rockwell.