Leader of community group resigns after two months on job

Coalition will continue work in East Baltimore, board chairwoman says

May 10, 2002|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF

Lawrence C. "Chris" Cager Jr. is resigning as head of the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition after less than two months on the job.

Cager did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment on his resignation as president and chief executive officer of the umbrella east-side neighborhood group, which announced his resignation yesterday in a three-sentence statement.

But Cager complained in an interview last month that the coalition was being "excluded" from an ambitious new East Baltimore redevelopment plan centered on a biotechnology park north of the Johns Hopkins medical complex.

A newly created nonprofit group, East Baltimore Development Inc., will oversee the project, which is to include hundreds of units of new and renovated housing.

Cager's appointment in March ended an 18-month search for the top management post at the 8-year-old organization, which administers a broad array of programs and has an annual budget of $4.9 million. The post had been vacant since October 2000, when Michael V. Seipp, the organization's first full-time manager, resigned.

State Del. Hattie N. Harrison, the coalition's board chairwoman, wrote in a statement that the organization would continue to work to rebuild the distressed neighborhoods of the east side.

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