Mold fears force evacuation of Mount Washington office

50 with Coldwell Banker work at Stone Mill facility

February 10, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage plans to temporarily move out of its office in Mount Washington after a heavy weekend rain left water and possibly mold damage inside its leased building, company workers and their landlord said yesterday.

Himmelrich Associates Inc., which owns the property at 1340-A Smith Ave., said the 50 people who work in the first-floor office should be able to return soon.

"We learned [yesterday] they believe they have mold," said Samuel K. Himmelrich Jr., the landlord. "We've hired people to deal with this and do whatever it takes to get them back in as quickly as possible and make the space safe. This is a localized portion of their space where they say they have observed mold."

Workers at Coldwell Banker's Roland Park at Stone Mill office packed boxes and said they planned to relocate temporarily to their Timonium office. Company officials declined to comment.

No other tenants in the building reported a problem.

Mold has become an increasing problem in the Baltimore area, particularly because of flooding from recent rain and snow.

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't consider most types of mold dangerous. The agency recommends removing the mold quickly and promptly plugging any leaks.

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