In The Region

December 01, 2009

Philadelphia firm to prepare plan for Mount Vernon Place

The Olin Partnership, a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in Philadelphia, has been selected to prepare a master plan to guide restoration of Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore. The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, a nonprofit formed to help protect and improve the Washington Monument on Charles Street and the four public squares around it, conducted a nationwide search before choosing Olin to come up with a vision and cost estimates for a comprehensive park restoration; the study will form the basis of a fundraising campaign that the conservancy plans to launch to pay for the work. Olin's plan is due in March of 2010. Henry H. Hopkins, former chief legal counsel for T. Rowe Price & Associates, is president of the conservancy.

- Baltimore Sun

House in Annapolis is destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed a home in the Bay Ridge section of an Annapolis suburb Monday night. The Anne Arundel Co. Fire Department responded to a house fire at 2605 Ogleton Road at 5:24 p.m. Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia said that flames engulfed the two-story frame house and the flames were visible across the Chesapeake Bay, where Queen Anne's County residents made 911 calls. He said that firefighters employed water tankers because there is no municipal hydrant system in the area. He said that crews continued to investigate the fire. An adult male resident of the house remained unaccounted for late Monday. The fire was brought under control at 6:44 p.m.

- Jacques Kelly

Pasadena girl, 17, charged in hit-and-run of pedestrian

Anne Arundel County police charged a 17-year-old girl with hit-and-run violations and related juvenile citations in connection with a traffic accident Sunday night that injured a pedestrian. Police said a 38-year-old Pasadena woman was standing outside her parked car about 7 p.m. in front of a home in the 7900 block of Tick Neck Road. She was taking her belongings out of the vehicle when a gold car struck her and left the scene, according to police. Officers said they found a gold mirror that broke off the fleeing car. Police found a gold Toyota Camry with similar damage in a parking lot in the 3200 block of Mountain Road. Officers searched nearby businesses and found the suspected driver. She was arrested, charged and released to a parent, according to police. The woman who was struck was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

- Andrea F. Siegel

No one hurt in accident that damaged building

Baltimore County police said that a vehicle left the 8200 block of Glen Michael Lane about 5 p.m. Monday and hit a nearby building, causing considerable damage. Officers of the Woodlawn Precinct said there were no injuries and that the accident remains under investigation.

- Jacques Kelly

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