Judge denies appeal of juvenile center pact


A Baltimore Circuit Court judge refused yesterday to block a $41 million state contract to build a new Juvenile Justice Center despite a Hyattsville company's claim it was wrongly denied the job.

Judge William D. Quarles denied the request of W. M. Schlosser Co. Inc. for an injunction delaying the expected June groundbreaking. The judge said the Department of General Services had followed its rules with the project.

The Board of Public Works voted 2 to 1 Tuesday to give the contract to The Poole & Kent Co. of Baltimore, even though Schlosser's bid was $1 million lower. State officials said Poole & Kent promised to offer job training and use local minority businesses. The center will replace antiquated facilities in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse. The facility will include courtrooms, social services and a detention unit under one roof near Old Town Mall in East Baltimore.

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