Baltimore wins $20 million grant from U.S. to renovate public housing

September 01, 1998|By David Folkenflik PTC | David Folkenflik PTC,SUN NATIONAL STAFF

WASHINGTON -- Baltimore's housing authority has won a $20 million federal grant to renovate buildings used for public housing, U.S. officials are expected to announce today.

Andrew M. Cuomo, the U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, is scheduled to make the announcement at a Baltimore news conference this morning. The news conference is to feature several prominent Democratic officials, including Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke of Baltimore, and Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

The city was selected along with 21 other cities to receive grants from a HUD pool worth about $500 million. About 100 cities applied for the grant.

The funds for Baltimore and five other cities are expected to be announced today.

"That's a big deal," Cummings said yesterday of the $20 million grant. Most of the money, he said, would be directed to rehabilitate the Flag House Courts public projects a few blocks east of the Inner Harbor, on the northern edge of Little Italy.

Flag House Courts has 487 units, most of which are contained in three high-rise buildings. The development will be leveled and replaced with 260 new units -- half public housing and half unsubsidized "market-rate" housing.

Today's event should make for interesting political theater: Relations between the mayor and the governor have been testy since Glendening's refusal to allow the city to set up casino gambling to help pay for the costs of running Baltimore's public schools. Schmoke endorsed Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann in her bid, since abandoned, to unseat Glendening in this month's gubernatorial primary.

Pub Date: 9/01/98

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