It's all aboard for $1 million in repairs for Camden Station

Stadium authority OKs it

Ruth museum eyes site

Stadiums

October 11, 2002|By Christian Ewell

The Maryland Stadium Authority voted yesterday to go ahead on nearly $1 million of structural repairs to Camden Station, a historic train depot whose name inspired the city's renowned baseball park.

The building sits empty, as it has since it closed as a commuter rail station in the mid-1980s. A decade ago, the authority spent $2.2 million to restore the building's exterior to coincide with the opening of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992.

At that time, the interior improvement was left up to a private investor because the authority didn't have the money to do it. No fewer than seven groups have seemed serious possibilities as tenants for the building - most prominently the Babe Ruth Museum - but nothing has materialized.

Michael Gibbons, director of the museum, said he wanted to renew an effort to expand into the building. The museum is located only a short walk away from the park.

This proposal has been on the drawing board since the early 1990s, but "in the best of circumstances" Gibbons hopes that exhibits would open in 2005.

"We want to make sure that the place is preserved until we can re-launch," Gibbons said. "This is a good thing. ... The building was in need of repairs to maintain it, so that's what they've done. It's needed."

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