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.

Preservationists have asked Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to block demolition, as Gov. William Donald Schaefer did in 1990.

In Baltimore County

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.

The session will be conducted by L. Scott Johnson, a Towson University professor.

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