Warehouse may become housing for the elderly


October 25, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

A former hosiery warehouse near the Canton waterfront in Baltimore will be converted to a $3 million residential complex for the elderly by 1994 if developer Frank Scarfield can secure the financing and building permits he needs to move ahead with construction.

Baltimore's Planning Commission approved last week two pending City Council bills that would change the zoning and permitted land use of the property at 2108 to 2128 Boston St. so that Mr. Scarfield could construct a 58-unit apartment complex within the shell of the 80-year-old warehouse. The council still must approve the bills, which would change zoning for the property from industrial to residential use.

Mr. Scarfield acquired the five-story building in 1991 for $660,000 from Howard Cohen of C & M Hosiery. He said he has applied for city funds to convert the building to apartments for low- and moderate-income elderly residents and hopes to hear this fall whether the funding will be approved.

Half a block from the Canton waterfront, the building has been named the Distillery Apartments because the warehouse was originally a distillery. Mr. Scarfield said he decided to build housing for the elderly because Canton has many elderly residents who are no longer able to live in their own homes but would like to stay in the area.

David Diessel Horst is the architect, and St. Johns Construction would be the general contractor.

Monthly rents would be $333 for the 10 efficiency units and $318 to $425 for the 48 one-bedroom units.

Charles Jencks to lecture

Charles Jencks, a Baltimore native and internationally known architecture critic, will deliver the fifth annual Alexander B. Cochran Lecture on architecture at the Walters Art Gallery, Charles and Centre streets, on Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Jencks' lecture, "Heteroarchitecture in a Plural Society," will RTC be followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens; $15 for members of the Walters, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects; and $20 for all others. They may be purchased at the door or through the foundation at 11 1/2 W. Chase St. Call 625-2587.

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