City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 29, 2006

6 teams vie for Pratt St. design pact

Six teams are finalists in Baltimore's contest to design a plan to renovate Pratt Street, officials said yesterday.

Baltimore Development Corp., Downtown Partnership and the city's planning and transportation departments announced last month that they were sponsoring a design contest to reinvigorate a 16-block stretch of Pratt from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard east to President Street.

They hoped to find a team of professionals -- experts in urban design, landscape architecture, traffic flow and retail -- to collaborate on a plan to refresh the public spaces along the corridor.

The teams that made the cut from among 10 applicants are Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore; EDSA of Columbia; Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects of Washington; Hargreaves Associates of Cambridge, Mass.; Oasis Design Group of Baltimore; and W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York.

Next month, the organizations will whittle the list of competitors to four teams, each of which will be awarded $25,000. The sponsors are splitting the cost of furnishing the prize money.

The four finalists will have until Feb. 12 to come up with a design plan, and city officials are expected to choose a winner soon after.

Jill Rosen

Baltimore: Road work

Russell Street ramp to I-95 will be closed

The ramp from southbound Russell Street to southbound Interstate 95 will be closed from 7 a.m. today until 7 a.m. Dec. 8, according to the Baltimore Department of Transportation. The closure is to allow workers to install concrete on bridge decks. As an alternate route, motorists are urged to use I- 295 to eastbound I-695 and back onto I-95 south.

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