Two builders join forces for 42-unit Park West


March 21, 1993|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

Two local homebuilders have teamed up to begin construction of Park West, a 42-unit community near the West Arlington section of Baltimore.

The partners are Housing America Through Training, an affiliate of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, and Bruce Scherr Development Corp. of Reisterstown.

They were selected by Baltimore's housing department in a competitive bidding process to build residences on the grounds of a former school building at 4220 Granada Ave.

Park West will include 36 semi-detached residences starting at $84,990 and six detached residences starting at $94,990. They have been designed by Kelly, Clayton and Mojzisek to reflect the turn-of-the-century architecture of the surrounding area, and each will have three bedrooms, porches, large lots and off-street parking.

"This development succeeds in bringing well-designed, market-rate housing to a Baltimore neighborhood that is showing vitality and growth," said Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. "What's just as important is the opportunity for jobs and skills development through HATT's model program," in which 40 construction workers are trained while building this development.

"I congratulate HATT on its unique design and ability to package market-rate housing with training," said Housing Commissioner-designee Daniel P. Henson III. "This project will significantly add to neighborhood stability."

Founded in 1989 with the twin goals of "building affordable housing and a skilled work force," HATT has already constructed more than 60 residences while training more than 200 construction workers.

According to President Anthony Mierzwicki, all trainees receive extensive training in the classroom before they start work in the field, where they are always under an experienced contractor's supervision.

zTC Park West is the largest housing development to get under way in Baltimore during 1993. First American Bank is the lender, and Roland Campbell and Associates Realty is the sales agent.

Baltimore architecture

"Bridging the Past and the Present: Facets of Baltimore Architecture," is the title of a five-week course on local landmarks that the Johns Hopkins University is offering this spring through its School of Continuing Studies.

On five Saturday mornings in April and May, architectural experts will lead tours of a wide range of the city's landmarks, emphasizing the various ways they have been restored and transformed over time.

Featured landmarks range from St. Paul's Rectory and the Orchard Street church to Camden Station and Baltimore's cast iron-fronted buildings. Guides include James Dilts, David Gleason, Brian Kelly, Michael Trostel, Herbert Goldman, Steven Ziger and Janet Heller.

Another Hopkins course is "Baltimore Walks and Talks: Following in the Footsteps of the Illustrious Carroll Family." Over four weeks in April and May, historian Frank Shivers will lecture and lead tours of the Carroll Mansion, Homewood and Mount Clare.

The price for each course is $75 per person. Registration information is available from the Hopkins Odyssey program at 516-7428.

Downtown Partnership

Adrian Teel, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, will discuss "The Port of Baltimore: Baltimore's Other Renaissance Story," during the next "Business Over Breakfast" meeting sponsored by the Downtown Partnership. It will be held Wednesday at 8 a.m. in the Constellation Room on the 21st floor of the World Trade Center on Pratt Street. Admission is free for Downtown Partnership members and $30 for nonmembers. Call 244-1030 for reservations.

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