Mercy's demolition permit hearing postponed

Maryland

January 25, 2007|By Jill Rosen | Jill Rosen,Sun Reporter

Encouraged by recent negotiations, Baltimore preservationists have agreed to postpone a challenge of Mercy Medical Center's permit to demolish a row of historic downtown rowhomes.

Baltimore Heritage, after meeting with hospital representatives this week, decided yesterday to postpone a hearing set for Tuesday asking the city to reconsider Mercy's demolition permit.

The hearing has been rescheduled for Feb. 6.

"These meetings have been helpful," Mercy's attorney, David W. Kinkopf, wrote in a joint statement with Baltimore Heritage's attorney, John Denick. "The parties intend to continue their discussions."

The hospital would like to demolish a row of 1820s-era houses on St. Paul Place to make way for a $292 million expansion.

Preservationists say the homes, some of the oldest remaining downtown, have historic value and should be spared.

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