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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 29, 1997
The brick wall of the Optical Solution at 47 E. Main St. could become the canvas for a downtown mural."Murals need to be big, and this is the only big clear space," said Karen K. Blandford, the city coordinator of housing and community development, who recently applied for a state grant for the project.The mural would be part of a larger city effort to spruce up Locust Lane, where Westminster has easements on the brick lane itself and the unused fountain, she said. Eventually, the city hopes to have a kiosk there.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1996
Some neighbors of Locust Lodge, an assisted-living facility in Riviera Beach, fear that a proposed expansion of its operation to allow five more occupants could create problems in their neighborhood."
BUSINESS
By Kristine Henry and Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2000
The new owner of Chesapeake Paperboard Inc. said yesterday that it will close the Locust Point mill in the spring, throwing 100 people out of work. The Fort Avenue mill, which recycles waste paper into cardboard, will close April 17. Seventy-five of the employees are hourly workers, and the other 25 are salaried. "The facility was operating at a loss for the last couple of years, and the company made the decision -- because of the weakness in demand for the product, to shut it down and transfer production to other company facilities," said H. Lee Thrash III, chief financial officer of Chesapeake's parent company, Caraustar Industries Inc. in Atlanta.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | March 1, 1993
The owner of a Westminster wine and spirits shop filed a lawsuit last week against parties he says have blocked a public right of way to his property.Brady O. Bryson, the owner of Locust Wines at 10 E. Main St., said in the suit filed by lawyer David C. Hjortsberg that when the owners of the building at 6 E. Main St. blocked the 16-foot alley running beside their building in March 1992, they cut off access to the wine shop from Main Street.Mr. Bryson and his company, Locust Wines Ltd., named six parties as defendants.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | July 9, 2000
Westminster's Locust Lane could be refurbished with a kiosk to mark the beginning of a historic trail and an elevated surface to meet handicapped-accessibility needs for shops along the pedestrian mini-mall. "It's part of our overall downtown program," said Karen K. Blandford, the city's manager of housing and community development. She will ask the Westminster Common Council tomorrow night for permission to seek about $8,000 from the state's Main Street Improvement Program to redesign the city's pocket park on East Main Street.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 5, 1996
Continuing problems with maintenance, security and air conditioning have prompted the tenants of a subsidized housing complex in Westminster to ask the state to intervene.Carol Woodson, director of asset management with the Maryland Housing Fund, has agreed to meet with residents of Locust House and the building manager Tuesday."I am hoping we can get down to basics," she said. "It appears the primary issues are with maintenance and a security system."Locust House has about 100 residents -- all elderly or disabled -- and about half belong to the tenants association, which is pushing for improvements to the 17-year-old building.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1998
The county has called for more tests to determine the origin of an intermittent foul odor at Locust House, a subsidized housing complex for the elderly and disabled in Westminster.Air quality tests on samples taken from the building interior three months ago attribute the odor to gasoline, possibly found in a paint-stripping chemical. Levels detected were too low to pose any hazard to residents, according to a report prepared by Scientific Control Inc. of Edgewood."We are satisfied with the results of that specific test but not with the conclusion as far as the origin is concerned," said Greg Keller, a county livability code inspector.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2001
The small park at Locust Lane in downtown Westminster could someday become a meeting place, complete with an outdoor cafe, a gurgling fountain and benches, according to recommendations from residents and businesses. "This is really the largest public open space in downtown Westminster," said Westminster Common Councilman L. Gregory Pecoraro. "It's like the town square." Between Davids Jewellers and the Optical Solution, Locust Lane was created in the 1970s as a shopping area and pedestrian walkway from Longwell Avenue parking lots to East Main Street.
BUSINESS
By Suzanne Wooton and Suzanne Wooton,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1996
Cooper/T. Smith, a nationally prominent stevedoring company, is closing its operation here, in the latest in a series of blows at the port of Baltimore that foreshadows a sharp downturn in the coming year.The Mobile, Ala.-based company which hires longshoremen to load and unload steamships began operations here two years ago, saying it hoped to attract cargo that would produce more jobs for the port.But recently, the company told state officials it would not renew its lease at the North Locust Point marine terminal.
NEWS
By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2002
The circular brick fountain at Locust Lane in Westminster holds dirt and a tree, not water. And the wooden benches that dot the plaza at the end of the pedestrian walkway between East Main Street and Longwell Avenue are splintered and scarred from years of skateboarders sliding their boards along the surfaces. Still, the open space in the center of downtown is valued by shoppers, businesspeople and residents, according to Tim Bryson, owner of Locust Books on Main Street, a few doors down from Locust Lane.
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