Agency shares $480,000 with 2 arts projects

July 22, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore Development Corp. shared $480,000 with two arts projects in the city yesterday while selling off an East Baltimore tract for development.

The city Board of Estimates unanimously approved granting $300,000 to the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center Inc. The nonprofit corporation's new headquarters at 847 N. Howard St. will promote American jazz through education, exhibitions and performances.

The city funding will add to a $450,000 matching state grant.

The BDC also gave a $180,000 loan to the historic Senator Theater at 5904 York Road. The loan is part of an effort to renovate the city's last single-screen theater and restructure its debt. In addition to the city loan, the state provided a $300,000 grant, and The Abell Foundation added $550,000 to the project.

The estimates board also approved selling 1.7 acres at 900 E. Fayette St. to the Brumar Limited Partnership for $850,000.

In June, the BDC acquired vacant and deteriorated properties in the 800, 900, 1000 and 1100 blocks of E. Fayette St. to enhance the Fayette/Lombard Street corridor. Brumar will develop 50,000 square feet of office, warehouse and distribution space valued at $2.5 million.

The new development will house Chesapeake Photo Engraving Inc., Chesapeake Advertising Inc. and Davis Media Group Inc. retaining 40 jobs and adding 40.

The board deferred voting on a proposal that would move former Police Department Attorney Gary C. May to the city solicitor's office. The move has come under fire because May supervised police trial boards at a time when the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that the agency unfairly targeted black officers for discipline.

May and his supporters, including City Solicitor Otho Thompson, have denied any wrongdoing. The cases in question were from 1985 through 1996. May joined the department in 1994.

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