City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 02, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

UB reaffirms intention to raze Odorite building

The University of Baltimore reaffirmed yesterday its intention to tear down the Odorite building at Maryland and Mount Royal avenues to make way for a student center, even though a statewide preservation council urged the school in February to save all or part of it.

After considering the council's recommendations, university officials concluded that adaptive reuse of the Odorite building, dating to 1915, "would drive up costs significantly and leave the university with a smaller, programmatically compromised facility," a statement issued yesterday said.

"We continue to believe that our students' need for a state-of-the-art, safe, and affordable building is the most important consideration," it said.

Officials break ground for drug treatment center

City officials broke ground in Park Heights yesterday for a 120-bed residential drug treatment facility, which will be Baltimore's largest when it opens in July next year.

The $6 million facility is being built with city, foundation and nonprofit funds on Doll Avenue, a short street off Woodland Avenue. It will be run by Gaudenzia Inc., a private company based in Norristown, Pa.

Mayor Martin O'Malley, who attended the groundbreaking, has been pushing to increase drug treatment in the city, where officials say 50,000 to 60,000 residents are addicts.

Man is fatally shot on street in Perring Loch

A young man died last night after being shot on a street in Baltimore's Perring Loch neighborhood, city police said.

The victim, thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, was found shot in the chest and lying in the 1500 block of Winford Road shortly after 9 p.m. by Northeastern District officers investigating a reported shooting. He died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

The name was withheld pending notification of relatives. Police said they had no suspect and knew of no motive. They asked anyone with information to call Detectives Ray Laslett Jr. or Mark Hughes at 410-396-2100.

In an unrelated case, police said a 62-year-old man who was shot in the head March 25 in the 900 block of Washington Blvd. died Tuesday night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Ronald Waggener of the 1200 block of W. Cross St. was shot about 11:30 that night by a gunman who fled in a Lincoln sedan.

Panel discussion tonight to focus on child abuse

To mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a panel presentation, "Beyond the Hurt: A Step Toward Healing," will be held at 7 o'clock tonight at the American Visionary Art Museum on Key Highway.

Among the speakers scheduled are James T. Clemente of the FBI and Cynthia L. Mather, author of the book How Long Does It Hurt? The cost is $25, which includes museum admission. Information: 410-666-7113.

In Baltimore County

Gasoline drop-off center on west side to open

HALETHORPE - A Baltimore County gasoline drop-off center will be open tomorrow and on subsequent Saturdays until December at 3310 Transway Road in Halethorpe.

"People should never flush gasoline down the drain or dump it into storm drains," said David Carroll, the county's environmental protection chief. He urged west-side residents to use the center, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

A center for east-side residents is at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

County official to discuss White Marsh Blvd. extension

ESSEX - Rick Cobert of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development will speak at the Essex-Middle River Civic Council's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Victory Villa Community Center, Martin Boulevard and Compass Road.

Cobert will discuss the Route 43 extension connecting Interstate 95 to Eastern Boulevard, a high-speed highway that could be completed by late next year.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Park to hold program on songbirds for children

TOWSON - Collecting data on songbirds and banding them will be the topic of a program for children age 9 and older Sunday at Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road.

Reservations can be made by calling 410-887-2503. The cost is $2 per person. The event will be held at Sherwood Farm from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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