Social Security moves district office to Shillman Building

COMMERCIAL REALTY NOTES

February 19, 1992|By Edward Gunts

The Social Security Administration has moved its downtow district office from the Candler Building on Market Place to the Shillman Building at 500 N. Calvert St.

Social Security Administration Commissioner Gwendolyn S. King and Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will preside at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new office Monday at 1 p.m.

Occupying 9,170 square feet of space, the new office will serve 205,000 Baltimoreans, more than 31,000 of whom receive benefits from one or more of the programs that the agency administers. They include retirement, survivor's benefits, disability, Medicare and supplemental security income.

District Manager Dave Richardson said the agency was relocated as part of the federal General Services Administration's effort to move federal offices out of areas designated as flood plains, a category into which the Candler Building falls.

The 107,000-square-foot Shillman Building was leased until recently by the Resolution Trust Corp. and before that by Baltimore Federal Financial, a now-defunct thrift.

Greiner Inc.

Sean Westley, an electrical engineer in the Timonium office of Greiner Inc., was recently named the Most Promising Engineer of 1992 in the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Awards program.

A 28-year-old Baltimore native and graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, Mr. Westley joined Greiner in 1987.

Recent Greiner projects on which he has worked include the $30 million parking garage at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the Sideling Hill Visitor's Center in Washington County.

The national awards program was established to recognize African-Americans for their contributions to science, engineering, education and technology. The award will be presented Feb. 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Preservation commission

Area preservationists say they have one word of warning for Mayor Schmoke and his recent nominee to Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, David A. Portnoy.

They believe that because Mr. Portnoy does not technically meet the requirements needed to fill the position to which he was appointed, any vote by Baltimore's preservation commission would have a good chance of being overturned in an appeals court if the vote was close and Mr. Portnoy cast the deciding vote.

Mr. Portnoy was named to a position that by law must be filled by "a teacher of history in a recognized college or university" or by an individual engaged as an historian by a non-profit organization devoted to matters of historic interest."

Mr. Portnoy teaches history at Gilman School, which is neither a college nor a university. Members of Baltimore Heritage, a local preservation advocacy organization, say they would prefer to see Mr. Schmoke reappoint Jack Breihan, a Loyola College professor, or someone else with Mr. Breihan's experience and knowledge of preservation.

Admiral Fell Inn

Dominik Eckenstein has replaced James Widman as owner's representative in charge of overseeing work on a $5 million expansion of the Admiral Fell Inn at 888 S. Broadway in Fells Point.

A graduate of the Hotel and Management School in Lausanne, Switzerland, Mr. Eckenstein has been manager of the inn for the past two years and will remain in that position as well. He said work will begin this spring on a 40-room expansion that will bring the total number of rooms at the inn to 80 by the end of 1993. Lee R. Rayburn is the architect for the project, and BCW Limited Partnership is the owner.

Disabilities Act

The sweeping impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal law that requires property owners and tenants to make their facilities available to the disabled, will be discussed during a free seminar Feb. 24 at the Sheraton Towson hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road in Towson.

Glenn Gealy, an expert in environment graphics, will lead the seminar. Mr. Gealy will discuss what actions are required to comply with the law, what tax benefits are available to help defray the costs of compliance and how signs can help serve as a cost-efficient method of compliance. Reservations can be made by calling Mr. Gealy at 825-1212.

Around the region

* Michael Asner Associates of Baltimore, an interior planning and design firm that recently celebrated its 21st anniversary, has opened a District of Columbia office at 1724 Kalorama Road in Northwest Washington.

It is managed by senior designer Sandra Brooke.

* Emily Heath, an interior designer formerly associated with Michael Asner Associates, has opened her own firm, the Heath Design Group.

* Health Plus has opened an office at 800 N. Charles St., relocating from 3700 Kopper St.

* Quille's Parking Co. has opened a new parking lot at 4 E. Lombard St., just east of Charles Street.

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