Hopkins launches new satellite Conversion: The Johns Hopkins University is turning the old Eastern High School building on 33rd Street into a mixed-use center containing offices and teaching and research space.

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August 27, 1998|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

An article about the renovation of Eastern High School in Baltimore that appeared Thursday in some editions of The Sun misstated the year the building opened. It was 1938.

The Sun regrets the error.

TWELVE YEARS after the last school bell rang, Baltimore's former Eastern High School is being reborn as a satellite campus of the Johns Hopkins University.

Hopkins' real estate development arm, Dome Corp., began work this summer on a $20 million conversion of the former high school into a mixed-use center containing offices and teaching and research space.

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Last week, Baltimore's Planning Commission approved the final subdivision and development plan for the 26-acre property, opposite Memorial Stadium in the 1100 block of E. 33rd St.

Contractors are removing lead paint, asbestos and pigeon droppings from the building, which dates from 1939 and has been closed since 1986.

After the three-month abatement process, crews will begin renovating the 200,000-square-foot building for uses consistent with the city-approved plan.

Kann & Associates is the architect for the renovation. Its design calls for the brick exterior to be restored to its original condition and for the interior to be renovated to include:

* An 85,000-square-foot high school run by the Kennedy-Krieger Institute, a regional resource center for children with brain disorders.

* A 25,000-square-foot Business Incubator Center run by Dome Corp. It will target start-up companies in the service sector, particularly in the fields of engineering, electronics and computers.

* Up to 50,000 square feet for general administrative offices, academic research and other university needs.

* About 3,000 square feet of retail space.

About 20,000 square feet of space is also available for the Stadium School, for children in grades four to eight.

Dome was one of two groups that bid for the city-owned property after the Baltimore Development Corp. issued a request for proposals in early 1995. It won development rights several months later.

Besides its plan for recycling the school building, Dome proposed constructing five more buildings, containing another 400,000 square feet of space, on surrounding property.

David Albright, a Dome representative, said the Kennedy-Krieger School would likely be the first section of the building completed and is tentatively scheduled to open by late 1999. Other components of the development will be finished in phases during the next several years, he said.

Hopkins officials have said the entire project could represent an investment of $40 million or more and bring 1,500 employees to the area.

Hopkins plans bookstore near Homewood campus

Hopkins has plans for a second development near its Homewood campus, a bookstore at the northeast corner of North Charles and 33rd streets.

University representatives were scheduled today to present preliminary plans for the bookstore to Baltimore's Design Advisory Panel.

CVS wants to demolish 'Book Block' properties

While Hopkins plans to construct a bookstore on North Charles Street, part of Baltimore's "Book Block" might soon disappear.

CVS Pharmacy wants to demolish six properties on 25th Street (2 to 12 W. 25th St.) and four properties on Charles (2500 to 2506 N. Charles) so it can build a pharmacy.

The buildings slated for demolition include the longtime homes of the Tiber Bookstore and the Baltimore News Network, part of the commercial strip dubbed the "Book Block."

A community meeting on the CVS project will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lovely Lane Church, St. Paul Street at 22nd.

In addition, revitalization plans for the Greater Charles Village area will be discussed today during a public meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., also at Lovely Lane Church.

Experts from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Main Street Maryland program have been studying the area and will discuss their findings and recommendations at the meeting.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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