2 local developers withdraw from HCFA bidding Five remaining firms must submit bids today

November 08, 1991|By Edward Gunts

Two of the seven local developers originally interested in bidding to construct a $97 million headquarters for the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration say they will not submit bids.

That leaves five developers with sites in Baltimore City and the Owings Mills and Woodlawn-Security sections of Baltimore County vying to construct the headquarters for up to 3,300 federal employees. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. today.

The U.S. General Services Administration is expected to pick one team in the first half of 1992 to build a 664,000-square-foot nTC headquarters to replace facilities in half a dozen buildings in the Woodlawn area.

The teams that intend to submit proposals by today are:

* Inner Harbor West Joint Venture, a group that includes the Rouse Co., Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Daniel P. Henson III. Its site is a city block bounded by Pratt, Camden, Eutaw and Paca streets in downtown Baltimore.

* A joint venture of James F. Knott Development Co. and Boston Properties. The site is a portion of the Rolling Heights Business Park, off Rolling Road near Security Boulevard.

* A joint venture of Questar Properties and Manekin Corp. The site is the bulk of the Rolling Wind property off the 2500-2700 blocks of Rolling Road, a 94-acre parcel that abuts the Diamond Ridge Golf Course.

* A group that includes Perini Corp. of Boston, Linpro Cos. of Washington and Philadelphia, Bosworth Properties of Baltimore and H. Francis LeBrun Co. of Towson. The land is a 40-acre parcel in Owings Mills.

In addition, a group headed by Cohen and Flax expressed interest in bidding for the project last summer, using the Meadows Business Park in Baltimore County as its site. Partner Howard Flax declined to comment yesterday on his group's plans.

The groups that decided not to bid were K. S. Sweet and Associates, which controls the Owings Mills Corporate Campus; and Merritt, which controls the Windsor Corporate Park.

The Rouse/Whiting-Turner/Henson group released yesterday a photo montage that showed its Pratt Street building rising just north of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Shaped like an L in plans and clad in buff-colored precast concrete, it would have a a day-care center and cafeteria overlooking the ballpark. The east wing of the building would rise 17 stories, and the north wing would rise 21 stories.

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