Moag sets deadline for Hammerjacks Stadium authority expects deal next week or takeover

April 01, 1997|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Maryland Stadium Authority chairman John Moag said he hopes to resolve the negotiations with the owners of Hammerjacks nightclub next week over the purchase of the property; otherwise he will initiate legal proceedings to take the land.

"After next week, we'll either have a deal or we'll be in court," Moag said yesterday.

Hammerjacks, which is still open, is the only business remaining from a strip along Howard Street, just east of where the Ravens' football stadium is being constructed at Camden Yards.

Talks have gone on for months, and Moag said he will invoke the stadium authority's quick-take condemnation procedures if necessary.

"I fully anticipate you'll be able to park at Hammerjacks by the end of the month [April]," he said.

An attorney for Hammerjacks declined to comment.

The state is obligated to provide at least 4,000 sites at Camden Yards for the teams. In addition, if it does not provide 5,000 spaces for the Orioles, the state must compensate the team for lost parking revenue.

Meanwhile, Moag said he has also received a number of unsolicited inquiries from developers interested in building a mixed-use parking garage and entertainment center in the space between the stadiums.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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