City/County Digest


December 05, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Development group holds grand opening for Highlandtown site

A grand opening party last night marked the relocation of the Southeast Community Development Corp. from Butchers Hill to Highlandtown.

The CDC moved Oct. 1 from a building it owns at 10 S. Wolfe St. to a leased, 18-foot-wide rowhouse storefront at 3700 Eastern Ave. The new location, across the street from the site of the planned Southeast Anchor Library, places the development organization squarely in the heart of Highlandtown.

"As an organization, it was important for us to be in the heart of our Main Street, in the heart of our arts district," said Michelle Decker, CDC president. "We wanted to show that it's a place to come to learn how to invest in the neighborhood and to show it's worth it to invest in the neighborhood."

The CDC, the nonprofit real estate arm of the Southeast Community Organization, provides lending information, directories of area real estate agents, and home sales data to encourage investment in the city's southeastern corner.

Reopened JFX ramp closed again amid safety concerns

The Madison Street access ramp to the northbound lanes of the Jones Falls Expressway - reopened about two weeks ago - has been closed again, this time for safety concerns amid continuing construction work nearby, the city Department of Transportation announced.

Agency spokeswoman Kathy Chopper said the problem is the loss of the ramp's merge lane during the work and a rise in the roadway that curtails the ability of oncoming drivers to see vehicles merging into the traffic lanes from the ramp.

Chopper said the ramp will remain closed for an undetermined period, while the situation is being studied.

Council funds construction of landfill's last section

The City Council approved last night spending $14 million to build the last section of the Quarantine Road landfill, which is expected to run out of space in 15 years or less.

The money will be used to build the landfill's final "cell" - a large, lined pit that will be filled with trash. Public Works Department officials say the landfill will fill up by 2019, but recycling advocates warn it could close as soon as 2012 if the city doesn't do a better job of reducing trash.

Councilman Robert W. Curran, who recently held a hearing on recycling, said the city needs to start thinking about its next landfill as this one enters its final phase. "Once this cell is full, we've got to have someplace to go," he said.

New senior center opens in Sandtown-Winchester

A $1.7 million senior citizen center opened yesterday at 1601 Baker St., in West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

The city Commission on Aging and Retirement Education will operate programs for the center weekdays. During evenings and weekends, the two-story, 11,000-square-foot facility will be run by its board of directors and is available to community groups for meetings and other gatherings.

Information: Annette Butler or Charles Tildon, 410-728-1700.

In Baltimore County

Police to dedicate Franklin Station today

REISTERSTOWN - The Baltimore County Police Department will dedicate the new Precinct 3 station at 10 a.m. today.

Also known as the Franklin Station, the $4.5 million building is 25,000 square feet, or five times the size of the Garrison Station, which it replaces. It includes a state-of-the-art prisoner holding area, a digital security system, an exercise room and parking for 150 vehicles. The commander is Capt. David P. Moxley.

The new station is at 606 Nicodemus Road, just off Franklin Boulevard.

Cardin to discuss changes in Medicare program

TOWSON - Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will speak about recent changes in the Medicare program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bykota Senior Center.

The congressman will explain how the changes, including the new prescription drug benefit, will affect the elderly in Maryland. He will also take questions from the audience.

The senior center is at 611 Central Ave.

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