The Charles Theatre complex at 1711-1717 N. Charles St...

City/County Digest

January 08, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — The Charles Theatre complex at 1711-1717 N. Charles St. would be designated a city landmark if Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation approves an application from the theater's operators.

The theater dates to 1939 and operates within the shell of a former cable car barn built in 1890. CHAP is scheduled to meet at City Hall at 5 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether to add the building to the landmark list.

Theater operators James "Buzz" Cusack and John Standiford want the landmark designation so they can qualify for tax credits for historic preservation when they restore the exterior as part of a $1.3 million expansion that will add four theaters by next fall.

510-car parking garage fully operational downtown

After nearly a year of construction, a $9 million, 510-car municipal garage in the 300 block of E. Baltimore St., next to City Hall, became fully operational this week.

The garage has 250 spaces reserved for employees of BT Alex. Brown Inc. that became available last month. The remaining 260 spaces opened to the public yesterday.

Desman Parking and Cho, Wilks and Benn designed the garage. Roy Kirby & Sons Inc. was the general contractor. Parking Management Services of Baltimore is the operator.

TOWSON -- County officials have signed a contract with Clark F. MacKenzie to pay $1.4 million for 86 acres near the Loch Raven Reservoir where the developer had planned to build a golf academy.

If the purchase is approved by the County Council at a meeting this month, the land will become part of the county's parkland inventory, although recreational uses for the site have not been determined, county officials said.

Neighborhood associations near the site opposed the golf academy, voicing concerns about traffic and pollution. As their objections were being heard by the county's Board of Appeals in October, County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger proposed buying the land to save it from commercial development.

Feb. 15 is the deadline for poetry contest entries


TOWSON -- For National Library Week April 19-26 -- and because April is National Poetry Month -- the county library is sponsoring a poetry contest.

Fliers announcing the contest will be in county libraries tomorrow, and poems of 30 lines or less must be submitted by Feb. 15.

Prize winners will be chosen in each of six age categories, from first-graders to senior citizens. First-prize winners will get $50 gift certificates at a bookstore, and their poems will be read aloud at an awards ceremony in the Towson Library meeting room from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 26.

Defibrillators installed in 5 Fire Department cars


TOWSON -- Automatic external defibrillators, which significantly increase survival rates among heart attack victims, have been installed in five county Fire Department cars, fire officials said yesterday.

The AED units, as they are known, have been installed in each of the battalion chief's car in each district. About the size of a briefcase, the devices are attached with electrodes to a patient's chest to shock the heart muscle into normal rhythm.

The Fire Department handled 70,000 emergency medical calls last year, including 606 cardiac-arrest patients. Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard said the devices, which cost $12,000 each, were purchased with general funds, grant money and state assistance.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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