Residents to view hospital site plans

Competing developers to present proposals for 5-acre area July 8

June 23, 1999|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

The four developers vying for Anne Arundel Medical Center's 5-acre downtown Annapolis site when the hospital moves to Parole in 2001 will present their proposals to residents in a meeting next month.

Minor Carter, president of the Ward One Residents Association, said his group invited the developers to its July 8 monthly meeting. Residents have been watching the site carefully since hospital officials announced their move two years ago.

"This is probably the most important site in Annapolis," Carter said. "It's got a tremendous impact on traffic, aesthetics and economics. This is going to be the first time -- and perhaps the only time -- that citizens are going to see these people in person and question them."

The hospital site is the largest parcel that has been available for development in the heart of Annapolis in decades. The site includes the hospital's 291,000-square-foot building, two historic houses that have been used as office space and a 0.8-acre parking lot.

Hospital officials received 12 proposals from developers in April, then whittled the list down to four projects early this month. Those proposals call for predominantly residential development, as many Annapolis residents had hoped. Three plans include retail stores and one includes office space. One includes assisted-living housing. The hospital will pick one plan in early September.

The Holladay Group of Washington, Madison Homes of Maryland, Struever Brothers, Eccles and Rouse of Baltimore, and a limited partnership between David F. Tufaro and Toll Brothers of Baltimore will make half-hour presentations to the Ward One group.

Carter said some Ward One residents, Alderman Louise Hammond, a Democrat who represents the district, and a member of the Historic Annapolis Foundation had an informal meeting with the Holladay Group on Monday.

"The whole purpose of this meeting on July 8 is to educate the public," he said. "It's an opportunity for them to tell us what they want and for us to look and make comments."

Mary Lou Baker, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said it will send representatives to the meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle in Annapolis.

"It sounds like a good idea," Baker said. "The more information out there, the better."

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