Cold Spring Lane site approved for police station

January 21, 1998|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

The city zoning board unanimously approved using city-owned land for construction of a Northern District police station yesterday, clearing the way for the $5.4 million project in the 2200 block of W. Cold Spring Lane.

No opposition was registered at the hearing.

Groundbreaking will be in the spring, said city planning director Charles C. Graves, with completion expected late next year. The city chose BCI Construction, the company with the lowest bid, for the job.

An irregular-sized wooded vacant lot, 740 feet by 493 feet, will be the site of a one-story masonry building with 172 off-street parking places, city documents show.

Last year, the City Council voted to rezone the land from residential to industrial use.

Graves said construction was delayed about three months by controversy over the station's location. A coalition of North Baltimore residents urged Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to choose an empty F & M drugstore at 29th and Remington streets.

Schmoke resolved the controversy by deciding to have the city purchase the drugstore property for $1.2 million to house a Police Athletic League center and other police activities.

Pub Date: 1/21/98

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