Group favors seniors' homes for stadium site

February 25, 1999|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

In the first neighborhood show of support for a specific proposal to redevelop the Memorial Stadium land parcel, the Ednor Gardens/Lakeside community association has voted decisively in favor of a senior citizens retirement village.

The winning proposal by the Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. of Baltimore (GEDCO) received 103 votes in the ballot taken Tuesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 33rd Street and The Alameda.

A technology park proposal that would preserve the shell of the stadium received 62 votes. Running a distant third at 19 votes was a mixed-use proposal, including new housing and a cluster of stores within the old architecture.

One of five ballots to be taken by area community groups, it is unclear if the decisions will influence the outcome. Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III will rely on the recommendation of a 10-member Memorial Stadium Review Panel made up of five community representatives and five city or state officials.

He's expected to choose a proposal in the coming months.

An attractive feature of the GEDCO proposal, several residents said, is its inclusion of a YMCA recreational facility. "We're going for the seniors and the youth," said Linda Cotton-Jones, who sat in the front row of the packed pews.

Robert Thomas, who spoke at the meeting, said the technology park proposal involves the city giving the land to the Johns Hopkins University. "No more welfare for them. They're rich enough," said Thomas, who argued that the university should buy the land from the city.

Barbara Ruland, vice president of the Ednor Gardens/Lakeside community association, said the vote proved residents are more interested in maintaining the area's residential character. Afterward, she said, "May I say I'm surprised? I thought for sure the technology park would win."

Pub Date: 2/25/99

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