Sept. deadline set for bids on old Cockeysville school


July 15, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

Baltimore County's Department of Community Development set Sept. 14 as the deadline for bids from developers interested in recycling the old Cockeysville Elementary School into housing for senior citizens.

A pre-proposal conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Office of Central Services, Suite 412 of the County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Ave. in Towson. A walk-through of the building, at York Road and Bosley Avenue, will be held the same day at 10 a.m.

St. Paul's House

Even though signs on its exterior imply that it will be sold at auction next Wednesday, the former parish house of Old St. Paul's Parish at 309 Cathedral St. will not change hands.

What will be sold are the rights to control the "master lease" of the four-story office building for the next 21 years and to lease unoccupied space to new tenants.

A local group called 309 Cathedral Street Limited Partnership negotiated with the vestry of St. Paul's Parish in 1983 to lease the building in return for providing rehabilitated office space for the parish and maintaining the building. Under that lease, the church retained ownership of the building and the land beneath.

The limited partnership subsequently defaulted on a loan from

Home Federal Savings Bank of Hagerstown, which initiated foreclosure proceedings last spring. As of May 31, the partnership owed the bank $813,000.

Built in the 1870s on part of the original estate of Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard, St. Paul's House served as the parish house for the church and a home for single women until the 1950s. By the early 1980s, the 14,000-square-foot building had fallen into disrepair, and a group headed by Martin P. Azola came up with the renovation plan.

Around the region:

* City and state officials who traveled to San Diego this week to observe how well that city served as host of the baseball All-Star Game included Honora Freeman, president of Baltimore Development Corp.; Bill Gilmore, director of the mayor's office of promotion; and Herbert J. Belgrad, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority. Baltimore will be host for the game next year.

* Baltimore Heritage Inc. will hold its annual meeting today at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Holliday and Lexington streets.

* Martha Bittner has been hired as chief estimator for Ecological Restoration and Management Inc.

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