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November 02, 1992

Annapolis planning office to get roomy new quarters

After nine years of working in the cramped top floor of an old fire station, Annapolis' planners are getting larger offices.

The 14-member Office of Planning and Zoning is taking over the entire building next week when the Personnel Office is moved to an upstairs office in the Donner building at the foot of Main Street.

"Right now we have seven people working in 396 square feet," said Eileen Fogarty, director of planning and zoning. "People have to wait in the middle of the secretarial area. There's no privacy. It's really deplorable."

A committee appointed by Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins recommended moving the personnel office to provide temporary relief for the planning department.

The space committee, made up of three City Council members, is developing a long-range plan to bring scattered government offices under one roof.

In late March, the mayor unveiled a proposal to sell the historic City Hall to the YWCA. The administration was to move into a five-story building owned by Annapolis Federal Savings Bank on Main Street. But the council slashed the $2 million earmarked in the capital budget for the deal.

City planners will provide the fire station across Duke of Gloucester Street from City Hall with new paint.

They also hope to buy some furniture to improve its appearance. The council's Finance Committee approved a $5,000 transfer from the contingency fund Thursday for the work.

"This is a real positive move for us," Ms. Fogarty said.

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