Schmoke gives officials month to decide fate of Eastern High

March 18, 1994

Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has given city officials a month to decide whether to renovate the old Eastern High School or demolish the dilapidated building.

The vacant school, which has a multimillion-dollar asbestos problem, needs at least $16 million to be converted into a teacher training and research center, Mr. Schmoke said yesterday.

Part of the building would be turned into a specialized middle school if the city comes up with the money and a strategy for a overhauling the building. Otherwise, the mayor said, the school must be bulldozed.

"The building is in very, very bad shape," he said at his weekly news briefing. "We try to keep it secure, but it's just deteriorating rapidly."

The Johns Hopkins University considered opening a social policy research institute in the school, but scrapped the plan.

School officials want to reopen the building as a research center, not simply a high school, Mr. Schmoke said.

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