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By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | March 29, 1991
Bloomsbury Square is safe -- for nowA state House Appropriations subcommittee has cut Gov. William Donald Schaefer's request for $3.5 million to buy the Annapolis housing project, which the state has wanted to buy for more than 20years. Tuesday's vote postpones the sale for at least a year."I feel good," said Elsie Clark, 88, who has lived in Bloomsbury Square since 1950. "I don't feel like moving nowhere. It'd be a shameto sell it, after they fixed it up all nice, and tear it down for parking.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2010
A public housing community recreation center in Annapolis was dedicated last week to the memory of a longtime activist known as the "Rosa Parks" of Bloomsbury Square. Elsie Virginia Clark, who died in 2004 at the age of 102, led a successful effort to revitalize the once-run-down Bloomsbury Square development in downtown Annapolis. Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Carl O. Snowden, chairman of the city housing authority board, were among the public officials who gathered for the dedication Thursday of the Elsie Virginia Clark Community Center.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 30, 2003
The Annapolis Housing Authority and the city have reached a compromise regarding Bloomsbury Square, apparently clearing the way for public housing residents to move into the new 52-townhouse waterfront development late next month. The move had hit a number of snags, the most recent of which was a dispute over $235,000 in city water and sewer fees that neither the state, nor the building contractor nor the housing authority (which will own the houses) wanted to pay. This week, the housing authority agreed to let the city place a lien on the properties overlooking College Creek.
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By JAMIE STIEHM and JAMIE STIEHM,SUN REPORTER | February 15, 2006
At the gateway to Annapolis stands a 51-unit public housing community widely considered a design success story. Architectural grace notes at Bloomsbury Square include a curving foot path cut in the grass, bright shutters, granite curbs and pillars on small porches of the two-story brick townhouses with cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors. A scenic waterway and the absence of unsightly fences also foster a sense of neighborhood cohesion. But inside the attractive $8.4 million community, some residents say, there's day-to-day discontent at the state of repair at Bloomsbury Square, which recently passed its second birthday by the banks of College Creek, and at the state construction project taking place across the street.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2004
The new Bloomsbury Square - the controversial and long-delayed Annapolis public housing complex - was once labeled a model of "what not to do" by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a "tragedy" by Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and "more trouble than it's worth" by one of its residents. So when officials with the city's housing authority found out that the 51-unit complex on the banks of College Creek doesn't actually lie on the historic Bloomsbury Square property, the agency was quick to begin a search for a new name.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2004
Longtime residents of Bloomsbury Square, the Annapolis public housing development, remember Elsie Virginia Clark as much more than a cheerful, caring neighbor. Those who knew Clark - who died Nov. 6 at age 102 - said she was a fighter, one who successfully saved their homes from being demolished years ago. To honor her, residents of Bloomsbury Square - recently rebuilt as a cluster of brick townhomes on College Creek off Rowe Boulevard - said they plan to put up a neighborhood plaque in her honor.
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By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | January 27, 1991
When Elsie Clark was 86 years old, she got an award for fighting thestate's plans to buy the Bloomsbury Square housing project, her homesince 1950.Three years after being lauded for her efforts by theAnnapolis Housing Authority, the still-feisty Clark is ready to go at it again, following an announcement Monday that the state plans to buy the housing development for about $5 million."
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2004
The champion of the new Bloomsbury Square public housing complex in Annapolis is a small woman with a big voice. When critics said the $6.5 million waterfront project was too nice for poor people, Janet E. LaBella reassured her clients that their promised new homes would not be taken away. When move-in was delayed repeatedly, she offered encouragement. Throughout, she fought for them. But today, after spending hundreds of hours ensuring that the 51-unit complex would became a reality, LaBella leaves her post at the helm of the Anne Arundel County office of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2003
The developers behind the long-awaited Bloomsbury Square public housing community in downtown Annapolis sued the state Department of General Services and two other agencies yesterday, claiming they have not been paid more than $1 million promised for their work. In the lawsuit, filed yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court, A&R Development Corp. of Baltimore says the state has withheld payment because of a dispute over performance bonds involved in the project, as well as other concerns. Also named in the suit are the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2002
The state Board of Public Works approved yesterday spending almost $800,000 more than originally planned to complete the New Bloomsbury Square public housing project in Annapolis. The board's approval, over the objections of Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, is expected to keep the long-awaited project on schedule and clear the way for a $30 million expansion of the General Assembly's Lowe House Office Building. The state is building the 51-unit townhouse and apartment community so that it can demolish the old Bloomsbury Square, which is adjacent to the State House complex.
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By ANNIE LINSKEY and ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER | January 22, 2006
Administrators at St. John's College in Annapolis said they plan no major changes to security at the college after the body of a shooting victim was found on the campus last week. "We don't have any new orders," said Judy Seeger, an assistant dean at the college. "We are constantly increasing security, so all the things we are considering now are things that have been in the works." Seeger sent a letter to students and faculty last week, asking them not to walk alone at night and warning that even groups of students should avoid after dark the area of campus where the body was found.
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By ANNIE LINSKEY and ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER | January 22, 2006
Administrators at St. John's College in Annapolis said they plan no major changes to security at the college after the body of a shooting victim was found on the campus last week. "We don't have any new orders," said Judy Seeger, an assistant dean at the college. "We are constantly increasing security, so all the things we are considering now are things that have been in the works." Seeger sent a letter to students and faculty last week, asking them not to walk alone at night and warning that even groups of students should avoid after dark the area of campus where the body was found.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | January 15, 2006
Annapolis police are investigating the city's second homicide in as many weeks after a man's body was found in a field on the campus of St. John's College near the Bloomsbury Square public housing complex. Darnell Lovell Brown, 36, of Dogwood Lane in Annapolis was found dead Friday evening with gunshot wounds, police said. His body was in a field about 15 feet from College Creek, a small body of water that runs into the Severn River. Kevin Freeman, spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department, declined to release further details on the shooting, saying that keeping such information confidential can help police identify a suspect.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2004
Longtime residents of Bloomsbury Square, the Annapolis public housing development, remember Elsie Virginia Clark as much more than a cheerful, caring neighbor. Those who knew Clark - who died Nov. 6 at age 102 - said she was a fighter, one who successfully saved their homes from being demolished years ago. To honor her, residents of Bloomsbury Square - recently rebuilt as a cluster of brick townhomes on College Creek off Rowe Boulevard - said they plan to put up a neighborhood plaque in her honor.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2004
Longtime residents of Bloomsbury Square, the Annapolis public housing development, remember Elsie Virginia Clark as much more than a cheerful, caring neighbor. Those who knew Clark - who died Nov. 6 at age 102 - said she was a fighter, one who successfully saved their homes from being demolished years ago. To honor her, residents of Bloomsbury Square - recently rebuilt as a cluster of brick townhomes on College Creek off Rowe Boulevard - said they plan to put up a neighborhood plaque in her honor.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2004
A massive parking garage in the historic state capital is no small undertaking - especially when the state is planning a square, utilitarian structure at the gateway to the city's historic district at Bladen and Calvert streets. Even as demolition looms at that site for 30 vacant and dilapidated units of the former Bloomsbury Square public housing community, officials are nailing down details of a planned 800-space state parking garage on the prime Annapolis property. City officials proud of the quiet, sparkling streets of the new Bloomsbury Square community - which opened in November next to the vacant buildings - are keeping a close eye on plans for the former site.
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By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | January 21, 1991
The state has included $3.5 million in its proposed capital budget to buy the Bloomsbury Square housing project in Annapolis, government sources said Friday.State officials will unveil the budget at a briefing today. The legislature must approve the money to buy the development.State officials have wanted to buy Bloomsbury Square for two decades, but Harold Greene, executive director of the Annapolis Housing Authority, said his agency was in no hurry to sell the 51-unit development."They could put $10.5 million in there and it doesn't mean we would sell it," Greene said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2004
The champion of the new Bloomsbury Square public housing complex in Annapolis is a small woman with a big voice. When critics said the $6.5 million waterfront project was too nice for poor people, Janet E. LaBella reassured her clients that their promised new homes would not be taken away. When move-in was delayed repeatedly, she offered encouragement. Throughout, she fought for them. But today, after spending hundreds of hours ensuring that the 51-unit complex would became a reality, LaBella leaves her post at the helm of the Anne Arundel County office of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2004
The champion of the new Bloomsbury Square public housing complex in Annapolis is a small woman with a big voice. When critics blasted the $6.5 million waterfront project as too nice for poor people, Janet E. LaBella reassured her clients that their promised new homes would not be taken away. When move-in was delayed repeatedly for a variety of reasons, she offered encouragement. Throughout, she fought for them. But today, after spending hundreds of hours ensuring that the 51-unit complex would became a reality, LaBella leaves her post at the helm of the Anne Arundel County office of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.
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