Washington Hill 'mayor' to receive Burns Award

January 31, 1993|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

Betty Hyatt, executive director of Citizens for Washington Hill for the past 20 years, will receive the 1992 Clarence "Du" Burns Award for Community Service during ceremonies at Church Hospital on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Johns Hopkins Health System is the sponsor of the award, which carries a $1,000 prize.

In nominating Mrs. Hyatt, who is known as the "mayor of Washington Hill," representatives of the community group declared that her involvement in community development and maintenance has made the area "a true demonstration project for urban renewal.

"While her work has garnered both national and international acclaim," the group's nomination stated, "the primary beneficiaries have been the residents of the community. We live harmoniously in a neighborhood that is replete with varieties of -- ethnic and racial groups, economic levels, major health institutions, commercial establishments, public service organizations and housing opportunities. . . . The success of this community would not have been possible without Mrs. Hyatt's commitment and tireless effort."

The group also paid tribute to the "low profile" that Mrs. Hyatt maintains in her community work and noted that she "steadfastly refuses to use her influence for personal and political gain."

Established in recognition of the long relationship between former Mayor Burns and Hopkins, the prize is awarded each year to the East Baltimore individual or group that has contributed most to the quality of life in the community.

Members of the health system's board of trustees personally contributed $17,000 four years ago to endow the fund. Past recipients are Lucille Gorham, Bea Gaddy and the Clergy United for Renewal of East Baltimore (CURE).

Dr. James A. Block, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Hospital, will present the award during a meeting of Citizens for Washington Hill at the Cullen Auditorium of Church Hospital, 100 N. Broadway.

Up for bids

Baltimore housing department officials are seeking developers for a vacant fire station at 316-320 S. Caroline St. in East Baltimore.

Planners are open to ideas, saying only that they will award the 3,708-square-foot building to the group submitting the "best proposal" that conforms to current zoning laws. March 26 at noon is the deadline for bids.

The housing department is also seeking developers for the former Lion's Club building at 657 Washington Blvd. in the

Ridgely's Delight historic district. Dating from 1843, the building is one block from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Deadline for bids is March 12 at noon.

More information about both properties is available from Walter Horton in the housing department's land disposition section, 396-4121.

Around the region

* The Commercial Division of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors has set April 27 as the date for its Eighth Annual Commercial Real Estate EXPO and Awards Dinner. It will begin at 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

* Ahmanson Developments Inc. and Spring Mill Development Inc. have begun construction of the fourth of eight phases of Spring Mill Condominium, a 204-unit residential complex at Owings Mills New Town. Prices start at $79,990 for one-bedroom residences and $105,990 for two- and three-bedroom models.

* The Greater Baltimore Cultural Arts Center, a nonprofit organization formed to serve as a catalyst for the visual and performing arts, is setting up studio spaces and cooperatives of crafts people and artists at the Mercantile-Towson Building, 409 nTC Washington Ave. For more information call the center at 825-0144.

* Arthur Kutcher, architect, urban designer and land planner, has moved his office to 12 W. Mount Vernon Place.

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