ANNAPOLIS -- Projects ranging from the Christopher Columbus marine research center planned for the Inner Harbor to an incubator for biotechnology companies to a new prison in Western Maryland are included in Gov. William Donald Schaefer's ambitious $800 million building and maintenance program.
Among the routine government projects such as improvements to sewage treatment plants or parkland acquisition in the governor's capital budget announced yesterday are some big-ticket items. Most of them are financed by the state's general obligation bonds or by revenue bonds, which means they won't affect this year's general spending budget.
* $17 million for the Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration planned for Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Plans call for an international marine research and education center on Piers 5 and 6, including a public exhibition center, a marine archaeology center and a 1,000-car garage, at a total cost of $130 million. Baltimore and the federal government also will share in the cost.