Parking garage plan wins design panel approval

March 12, 2010

A Virginia-based developer's quest to build a parking garage at 18 W. Saratoga St. received a key endorsement Thursday when Baltimore's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel gave "revised schematic approval" to the latest design for the project. The plan by David and Richard Hillman of Southern Management Corp. calls for a 12-level, 375-space garage to be buried mostly underground, with just 24 spaces above street level. The top of the building would be 26 feet above the sidewalk. Review panel members and neighboring residents said the design was a vast improvement over previous plans that threatened to dwarf the adjacent Old St. Paul's Rectory. Richard Hillman said his company is working to get building permits in time to start construction later this year and open the garage by late 2011.

- Edward Gunts

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