Former church on Charles St. will house Johns Hopkins 0) University Press
The Johns Hopkins University has begun a $1.8 million conversion of the former SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church at 2715 N. Charles St. to house the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Frank Gant Architects is the architect for the project, which calls for the five-story building, bought by Hopkins last year, to be renovated to provide about 25,000 square feet of office space. Four floors will be occupied by the university press, which is now at the Rotunda, and 5,000 square feet at the terrace level will be available for lease.
Seim Contracting Co. is the general contractor. Work is to be finished by December.
MIE Investment Co.
Allstate Insurance Co. has signed a 10-year lease for 18,300 square feet of space at MIE Investment Co.'s I-97 Business Center in Millersville. Allstate plans to move a regional claims operation from Glen Burnie to the 53-acre center at Interstate 97 and Benfield Boulevard.
The lease is the largest transaction negotiated for MIE's 2-year-old park. Starting in January, Allstate will occupy part of a building at 1114 Benfield Blvd., the third of seven buildings planned by MIE. Designed by Morabito Consultants of Lutherville, the 33,300-square-foot building is 55 percent leased.
Mark Deering of C. B. Commercial represented Allstate, and Jerry Wit of MIE represented the landlord.
Congress Hall Square
A group headed by developer Leslie Rock is re-evaluating plans to build a bed-and-breakfast inn called Congress Hall Square on city-owned land near Hill and Sharp streets in the Otterbein area.
Ms. Rock said her group has been unable to get financing for the inn, which has been proposed to contain as many as 80 guest rooms on a lot the city would sell to the development team. She said city officials agreed last fall to change their land sale agreement to permit uses other than an inn. Among the ideas under consideration, Ms. Rock said, are housing units for sale and apartments.
James J. Pomfret has been elected president of Baltimore Harbor Endowment, a non-profit group that promotes public appreciation of the waterfront and guarantees public access to it. He succeeds Winstead Rouse, who will be chairman.
Mr. Pomfret, a vice president and assistant manager of Smith Barney Harris Upham & Co., has been a Harbor Endowment board member for four years. Other officers include Mary Dolan of the Baltimore Planning Department, first vice president; John Machenof Piper & Marbury, second vice president; Stevens D. Bunker of China Sea Marine Trading Co, third vice president; and B. Susan Wilson of Resnick, Fedder & Silverman, treasurer.
New board members are Douglas Walker of Penn Mar Casting; Joe Fonte of Signature Management; Elinor Bacon of Bacon & Co.; and Betty Jean Murphy of Savannah Development Co.
Around the region
* After 14 years in Columbia, Kaplan Sutton & Associates P. A. has moved to 8 W. Madison St. in Baltimore. Robert Kaplan and Patrick Sutton are the principals.
* The development office of the Christopher Columbus Center for Marine Research and Exploration will move Friday from the 21st floor of the Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. building at 2 Hopkins Plaza to the 27th floor of the Legg Mason Tower at 111 N. Calvert St. In mid-August, the Columbus Center offices will move again, to the third floor of the Candler Building at Market Place and Pratt Street. The offices are across Pratt Street from the 11-acre site for the $164 million Christopher Columbus Center for Marine Research and Exploration.