Panel presents recommendation for stadium use

April 16, 1999|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

The Memorial Stadium review panel met Wednesday night and made a "confidential" recommendation to Housing and Community Development Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III on redevelopment of the 30-acre parcel in North Baltimore, city officials said.

The proposals are for a research and technology park, a senior citizen retirement community and a combined retail/housing use. The panel that studied the options included five city officials, a state official and five neighborhood representatives.

Zach Germroth, an HCD spokesman, said Henson, who has the final vote on the matter, will decide soon. "This will not be a long process," Germroth said.

At this point, he said, the serious contenders will undergo a routine "financial analysis" to test the numbers in the proposals. Issues such as job creation, tax revenue and funding sources also will be taken into account.

Neighborhood leaders continued to strongly favor the retirement community proposal, which includes a YMCA. Some city officials were leaning toward the research and technology park proposal as making more economic sense, sources said.

The research park proposal would preserve the stadium shell, while the senior citizen village would involve demolition of the 1954 structure. Demolition would be paid for with state funds.

Pub Date: 4/16/99

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