More proposals sought for Memorial Stadium

September 29, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Johns Hopkins University's unusual proposal to convert Memorial Stadium into an office complex has prompted Baltimore's housing department to seek other development ideas that would help preserve the ballpark.

The housing department began soliciting proposals for redevelopment of the stadium last week. The deadline for submitting proposals is Jan. 8, and officials expect to pick a developer next spring, said city housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III.

"We want people to be as creative as they can be," Henson said at a news conference Friday.

Redevelopment, unusual for a stadium, would leave mostly intact a piece of Baltimore history. The stadium, at 33rd Street and Ellerslie Avenue, is the former home of the Orioles and Baltimore's National Football League teams, the Ravens and the Colts.

In June, Hopkins proposed that the complex be turned into 300,000 to 400,000 square feet of space for offices, laboratories and retail activity.

That project, which would cost an estimated $45 million, would keep intact the stadium's brick exterior, eliminate seating and enclose the interior of the horseshoe-shaped shell with a glass curtain.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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