All funding approved for Mount Royal project

MARYLAND WATCH

January 05, 1996

The state Board of Public Works has approved the last piece of funding for Maryland Institute College of Art to renovate the old AAA and Fox buildings at the art school's Mount Royal campus.

The board on Wednesday approved $575,882 for conversion of the two buildings to academic use. The money is part of a $2.1 million state matching grant that complements money the institute raised on its own, according to paperwork the state Department of General Services gave the board before the vote.

Henry H. Lewis Contractors Inc. of Owings Mills has been awarded a $1.3 million contract to do most of the renovation work. That work is scheduled to begin this month, a General DTC Services spokesman said, and to be completed by August.

No state money may be spent on the project until the school proves to the state that it has raised and spent the money it is supposed to provide. The spending also is subject to review by the Maryland Historical Trust.

The school last year purchased the four-story AAA building at 1401 Mount Royal Ave. for a reported $2.85 million. The Fox building is at 1341 Dickson St.

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