City Panel Will Study Space Needs

March 27, 1992

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has appointed a committee to studythe government's space needs and recommend whether to consolidate scattered offices by selling City Hall.

The mayor surprised City Council earlier this week by unveiling a proposal to sell the Colonial-era landmark on Duke of Gloucester Street to the YWCA. Government offices now located in City Hall and in an old fire station across the street would move into a five-story building on Main Street owned by Annapolis Federal Savings Bank.

Aldermen John Hammond, R-Ward 1; Ruth Gray, R-Ward 4, and Ellen O. Moyer, D-Ward 8, have been asked to serve.

All three council members have raised questions about the potential deal. Hammond, who wascontacted by Annapolis Federal when the YWCA said it needed less space but wanted to stay downtown, criticized the administration for lacking a long-term plan. Moyer also questioned whether the proposal wasthought out clearly.

City Administrator Michael Mallinoff said yesterday that the council has to take action soon, because the planning staff works in unsafe, cramped offices in the fire station. He vowed to start rotating offices if the council doesn't find a more suitable space.

Council members have raised several other options, including building a new public works facility.

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