Digest

May 22, 2008

Development in Midtown due tax break

A $75 million mixed-use development in midtown Baltimore will get a 20-year, $12 million break on property taxes under an agreement approved by the city's Board of Estimates yesterday.

The Fitzgerald project, which will be built at West Mount Royal Avenue and West Oliver Street, will have about 280 market-rate apartments, 15,000 square feet of street-level retail and a 1,250-space parking garage.

City officials said parking for University of Baltimore students and staff members will be subsidized by the developer.

The project, which will be developed by Bozzuto Development Co., is expected to break ground this summer.

John Fritze

Baltimore City

Health department

Anti-gang program to be expanded

The Baltimore Health Department has secured $1.4 million in grants to expand its Operation Safe Streets program, which hires ex-offenders to work as conflict mediators and counselors in violent neighborhoods. The agency is seeking applications from community organizations that want to start the program in their neighborhoods.

Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein said the program, under way in three neighborhoods, has shown enough promise in reducing shootings and killings to be expanded. He said he hopes to raise $600,000, on top of the $1.4 million already raised to add two more neighborhoods.

A mandatory bidder's conference will be held May 28 at City Hall. Applications are due June 18. The program operates in McElderry Park and Ellwood Park in East Baltimore and Union Square in Southwest Baltimore.

Stephen Kiehl

Anne Arundel

Arnold

Man hospitalized after falling off boat

A man was taken to an area hospital in critical condition after he fell from a sailboat while racing in the Magothy River about 7 p.m. yesterday, an Anne Arundel County fire official said.

Lt. Frank Fennell said the man, thought to be in his 60s, fell from the lead boat into the river near Arnold. A life ring was thrown to the man, but by the time fellow crew members got him back on board, he was in cardiac arrest, Fennell said..

Crew members began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and took the man to Ulmstead Community Pier in Arnold, where paramedics treated him. He was then taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Eastern Shore

Ocean City

Buses to begin summer service

Municipal buses in Ocean City begin operating on a summer schedule tomorrow. Friday.

Buses will run every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 12 noon, every five to seven minutes from noon until 3 a.m. and every 20 minutes from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. The fare is $2 a day. Discount coupon books are available at City Hall, the Convention Center, the Police Department and the Northside Park Recreation Complex.

Associated Press

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