US Lacrosse shoots for waterfront headquarters

April 05, 2008|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN REPORTER

US Lacrosse hopes to move its headquarters from Johns Hopkins University to a new waterfront development adjacent to Fells Point.

Officials say that with the sport proliferating rapidly, they've outgrown their 17-year-old space on the Hopkins campus. The proposed waterfront headquarters would cost about $25 million. US Lacrosse hopes to raise the majority of that from private donations and the sale of naming rights but will probably ask the state and city for $7 million. US Lacrosse officials acknowledged that might be a tough sell given the current tight budget times.

They hope to break ground in late 2009.

"This is a project meant to stay in Baltimore," said Gary Gill, a Baltimore-area developer and board member of the US Lacrosse Foundation. "This is our shot."

Gill warned that if Maryland does not secure the project, other cities, such as Denver or Syracuse, N.Y., might want it.

The proposed 42,000-square-foot facility would be part of the $830 million Harbor Point redevelopment by Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse and H&S Properties Development Corp. It would include an updated museum and Hall of Fame, a meeting center for coaches and players, and a 2,500-seat exhibition field.

childs.walker@baltsun.com

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