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April 08, 2005

WESTMINSTER

Plan for more hangars at airport approved

Carroll County commissioners approved yesterday a $12 million plan to build additional hangars for small aircraft and corporate jets at the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster.

The work will coincide with a $58 million runway expansion that the county commissioners approved last month.

"The hangars are the next step and we have to go with it," said Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr.

The first phase of the hangar construction will be on a 14-acre parcel adjoining the airport along Route 97.

When the county purchased the property last year for $1.3 million, "it was never a question of if we would make use of this property, but how and when," said Gary Horst, who supervises the airport as administrator of the county's Office of Performance Auditing and Special Projects.

The new hangars will house as many as 72 small aircraft. The plan also calls for construction of at least five more corporate jet hangars, in addition to the seven the county now leases. Revenues from leases of small aircraft and corporate jets could reach nearly $600,000 by 2010, according to a consultant study of the airport.

"The small hangars will pay for themselves quickly," Horst said. "We expect them to be 70 percent leased in the first year."

Once the small hangars are completed, probably by late 2007, the county will raze three aging airport buildings to make room for more corporate jet hangars. The county has a waiting list for corporate jets should more space become available.

The airport project is one of several across the state prompted by a shift of corporate jets from major airports to regional ones. The trend has come in part because of post-Sept. 11 restrictions on the airspace around Washington, federal aviation officials said.

- Mary Gail Hare

BALTIMORE

Man, 44, gets 10-year sentence in robberies of 5 area banks

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing five bank branches in a two-month span last year, federal prosecutors announced this week.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Kurtis Kelvin McGill, 44, to 120 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

According to court papers, McGill admitted to robbing the Bank of America in the 8800 block of Wise Ave. in Dundalk on Aug. 4; the Wachovia Bank in the 5400 block of Harford Road in Baltimore on Sept. 7; the Bank of America in the 7500 block of Harford Road in Baltimore on Sept. 9; the Provident Bank in the 6400 block of Petrie Way in White Marsh on Sept. 14; and the Bank of America in the 1500 block of Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk on Sept. 15. A total of $7,675 was stolen, prosecutors said.

Part of the 10-year sentence includes a probation violation from an earlier conviction.

- Matthew Dolan

BALTIMORE

Summer groundbreaking set for biotech park, residences

The developer of a major East Baltimore revitalization project centered on a biotech park hopes to break ground in late summer for the first of several planned life sciences buildings and about 300 residential units, a company representative said this week.

The life sciences building, on Ashland Avenue north of the Johns Hopkins medical complex, will contain 300,000 square feet, about a third of which is scheduled to be leased to Hopkins, said Stephen Sattler, a representative of developer Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership LLC.

But Sattler acknowledged that the location of the residential units, the first of about 1,200 new and rehabilitated units, has yet to be determined.

Sattler made his comments at the first of quarterly media briefings on the progress of the project, an initiative designed to revive a decayed swath of East Baltimore that is expected to take 12 years and cost $800 million in public and private funds to complete.

Edna Kane-Williams, the vice president of operations and community services for East Baltimore Development Inc., the nonprofit overseeing the project, said no date had been set for the resumption of demolition of vacant properties needed to make way for the development. Demolition was halted in the fall because of community concerns about lead dust, and Kane-Williams said discussions are continuing about the best procedures to follow.- Eric Siegel

ESSEX

Police identify victim in crash as Dundalk man

State police have identified a Dundalk man who died Tuesday night after the motorcycle he was operating on Route 702 in Essex crashed into a construction site.

The victim, 34-year-old Lydell Orlando Bullie of the 100 block of Oak St., was riding a 750 cc 1995 Suzuki west on Route 702 about 9:40 p.m. when he failed to negotiate the ramp leading to the inner loop of the Baltimore Beltway, crashed into a construction-site barrel and was thrown from the bike, said Tfc. Lee Link of the Golden Ring Barracks.

A motorist who witnessed the crash found Bullie lying on the ground and called police, Link said.

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