Harkins Builders Inc. of Silver Spring has started construction of the Jenkins Memorial Nursing Home, a $6.5 million, 156-bed facility that is being added to the Jenkins Memorial campus at 1000 S. Caton Ave.
Containing an Alzheimer wing, an adult day-care area for 45 people, a chapel and a convent, the three-story, 83,540-square-foot building will replace an existing 126-bed nursing home on the campus.
The existing nursing home will be converted to a 90-unit apartment complex for the elderly. The new building is scheduled for completion in November 1992.
Jenkins Memorial Inc., the developer, is an affiliate of Associated Catholic Charities, which is also the sponsor of the apartment conversion. Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet Inc. of Baltimore is the architect and interior designer for the new nursing home and the architect for the apartment conversion.
Baltimore has a new real estate company: Metropolitan Realty Partners-Baltimore.
E. Hayes Merkert, formerly with Smithy Braedon-Baltimore, is president of the new company, the local affiliate of a real estate company based in Washington. Metropolitan Realty Partners was founded by former Smithy Braedon executives Brian Connolly, William Asbill and Robert Donhauser to provide leasing, sales, management and debt/equity financing services from offices in Baltimore and Washington.
Merkert said the company was founded to capitalize on opportunities that result from the converging of the Baltimore and Washington markets and will be active all along the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
Its Baltimore office is at 190 W. Ostend St., Suite 110. "The dynamics of the Baltimore and Washington real estate markets demand that firms must have a strong presense in both markets to properly serve their clients," he said.
Around the region:
* Manekin Corp. and Copley Real Estate Investors have begun construction of the Johns Hopkins University Building, a 2 1/2 -story, 52,061-square-foot building in the Gateway Crossing-95 complex, within the Columbia Gateway business community. Nichols Architects designed the $6.6 million project, the sixth of seven buildings that Manekin and Copley plan to build in the Gateway project. Glen Arm Construction Co. is the contractor, and Hopkins, which has leased 20,600 square feet of space for its Columbia Center, is the lead tenant. Work will be complete by mid-August.
* A 120-space parking lot is being created on the east side of the 500 block of North Howard Street, now that the land is no longer needed for construction of the state's light-rail system.
The property is owned by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc. The city leased the property as a light-rail construction staging area for three years, starting in December of 1991, and the lease expires on Dec. 31. Baltimore's Planning Commission approved plans for the parking lot earlier this month.
VTC * The Baltimore County Review Group will hold a public hearing tomorrow at 11 a.m. to consider plans by Beth Tfiloh Synagogue to build a 106-unit housing complex for the elderly on a site off Old Court Road in Pikesville. The plan has generated controversy among neighborhood property owners and others because of the size of the project and possible impact on the area. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. in the CRG's regular meeting spot, 400 Washington Ave., Room 118.
* Three Maryland properties were sold Dec. 12 at an auction in Dallas that was held on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance ** Corp.
The former 120-room Knights Inn motel at 262 Bell Hill Road in Elkton sold for $1.9 million. The former 133-room Knights Inn motel at 1654 Whitehead Court at Interstate 695 and Security Boulevard sold for $1.55 million. The three-story, 46,641-square-foot Waterview Office Center at 7130 Minstrel Way in Columbia sold for $1.6 million.
The FDIC has not released information about the buyers, but they are expected to take control of their properties sometime next month, according to Charles McKinney, president of Grubb & Ellis Asset Services Co. Grubb & Ellis worked on the auction with Ross-Dove Co., a nationally prominent auctioneer.
* The Baltimore Corporation for Housing Partnerships, a non-profit home builder, will hold a ceremony tomorrow at 10 a.m. to mark the completion of the first six units of the newly renovated White Park Cooperative Apartments at 2200 Park Ave. in Reservoir Hill. When complete, the development will have 24 residences.
* Baltimore architect Michael Bolinger, a senior vice president of Cochran, Stephenson and Donkervoet Inc., was installed as national treasurer of the American Institute of Architects last week. He will serve a two-year term.
* McAllisters, a family-style restaurant specializing in light fare, has leased 6,397 square feet at One Center Park in Columbia from the KMS Group and plans to open by the end of the month.