USF&G puts off relocation from downtown until fall Mount Washington complex lacks parking for 2,300 workers

January 03, 1996|By Kevin L. McQuaid | Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF

USF&G Corp., which had initially planned to relocate employees from its 35-story tower downtown to its Mount Washington campus beginning next month, will delay any such shift until roughly Thanksgiving, the company said yesterday.

The insurance giant's delay stems from a lack of existing parking at the 72-acre campus, which straddles the city and Baltimore County line.

Construction of a 925-space garage to resolve the problem is slated to begin in a month, however.

"We decided, 'Why create more of a nightmare for our employees?' " said G. Jay Erbe Jr., USF&G's vice president of administration.

"We're trying to get the consolidation done with our people in mind."

By building the four-level garage, though, USF&G will have to temporarily replace an existing surface parking lot at the site of the planned garage.

The company obtained permission from the city in April to build the garage.

USF&G announced last January plans to relinquish its 35-story tower in the Inner Harbor and consolidate 2,300 employees at the Mount Washington complex, which it bought in 1982 from the Sisters of Mercy.

To accommodate the transferred employees, it intends to develop several new parking, retail and office buildings. The Mount Washington campus now contains 1,250 employees in five buildings with a total of 638,000 square feet.

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