Hamilton plan is still on

April 12, 2007|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,Sun Reporter

Defusing a community controversy, developers told a packed Northeast Baltimore neighborhood meeting last night that they would return to their original plan to convert the shuttered St. Dominic School in Hamilton into mostly subsidized senior apartments, rather than low-income housing for all ages.

Orchard Development and Homes for America made their comments after city Councilman Robert Curran presented a letter signed by Baltimore's housing commissioner that said a proposal to turn the vacant school into 25 senior apartments and five units for non-elderly disabled met requirements for city support needed to secure public funding.

"What we've done here tonight is commit that this will be an age-restricted building for 25 units," said Polly Duke, vice president of the nonprofit Homes for America. The two entities had originally proposed senior housing, then revised their plan to general low-income housing, which sparked opposition.

Several of the approximately 200 people in attendance at the meeting expressed support and relief at the developer's reversal.

Hamilton Hills Neighborhood Association President Julie Lin said her group will vote on whether to support the project at its May 16 meeting.

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