New lease on life for Howard St. building State to donate property for $20 million renewal

October 22, 1998|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening joined Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke yesterday to announce that a $20 million office, shopping and apartment complex would be built at the former Baltimore Life Insurance building at 901 N. Howard St.

The property, purchased by the Mass Transit Administration in 1992, has been vacant and boarded up. The MTA was unable to use the site because asbestos was found on the property.

MTA leaders credited Glendening for initiating the building renewal. After taking office in 1994, Glendening instructed state workers to inventory all state properties and find developers to fill vacancies.

"This right here is a building that has been an eyesore to the community too long, a building that I'm sad to say is state-owned," Glendening said. "As part of our overall revitalization, we have the ability to change that."

The state solicited bids for the project and A&R Development of Baltimore was awarded the property, which the state will donate. The city will install utilities.

The 5.9-acre site across from Meyerhoff Symphony Hall will contain 130 apartment units, 60,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail development. Theo Rogers, a partner in A&R, said the facility should be complete within 18 months.

Schmoke used the announcement to show support for Glendening, whom he spurned in the Sept. 15 Democratic primary.

"We're looking forward to working with you over the next four years to do more projects like this," Schmoke said.

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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