Design panel puts conditions on school's 4-story addition

November 13, 1999|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's Design Advisory Panel has approved plans by Roland Park Country School for a 4-story addition to a campus building -- but not without adding a list of conditions to answer neighborhood concerns.

The panel told the architect, Bowie-Gridley of Washington, on Thursday to return with a landscape design that deals with additional light, noise and truck traffic on the south side of its wooded campus in the 5200 block of Roland Ave.

The $6.5 million construction project is scheduled to begin next spring and be completed in time for the school's centennial in October 2001. The addition includes a cafeteria and middle school.

A screen of foliage to block noise and light reaching Deepdene Road neighbors was the panel's remedy to concerns voiced by Christine McSherry, who lives across the street from the school. She wanted the cafeteria to be placed on the second floor so that it wouldn't have a large patio where events such as dances might disrupt the neighborhood.

Last month, the school presented a plan for the ground floor to the design board. Board members told the school to place the cafeteria on the second level. Headmistress Jean Brune said such a plan would be "absolutely abominable" because it would split the floors of the middle school.

The panel agreed to approve the original design, with the provision that architects improve the landscaping -- which Stephen Lauria, president of the Roland Park Civic League, described as a "reasonable compromise."

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