Former church on Charles St. to be renovated for Johns 0) Hopkins 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, a block south of the present church, 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.
Other tenants of the I-97 business park include K-Sport, international distributors of ski and tennis equipment; Holmatro Corp.; Olevia Colors; and Friendship Creative Printers.
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 says 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 says city officials agreed last fall to change their land sale agreement to permit uses other than an inn. Ideas under consideration are housing units for sale and apartments, Ms. Rock says.
James J. Pomfret has been elected president of Baltimore Har
bor 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 BarneyHarris 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, each serving a two-year term, 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.
* Benjamin T. Meisels has become a sales and leasing representative for Smithy Braedonof Baltimore. He will be responsible for office and industrial transactions in Howard and Anne Arundel counties.
* Robin Maisel has become vice president of leasing and sales for Corridor Brokerage Services Inc.
* Union Labor Life Insurance Co., a Washington company owned by local and national labor organizations, has agreed to provide an $18.5 million mortgage commitment for two office buildings under construction in Seabrook. The commitment was issued to Glenn Dale-Northern Limited Partnership. JBG Real Estate Associates is the managing general partner. The two buildings will be leased by Bendix Corp.
* Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program has announced an agreement to buy a 240,000-square-foot office building at 2101 E. Jefferson St. in Rockville. Kaiser plans to move its regional offices and about 400 employees to the building from 4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., in Washington by mid-1993.