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October 18, 1993
Completing a fully leased office building project these economically distressed days is a remarkable achievement. It is all the more remarkable for a small developer who has never pulled off a project of that magnitude. The fact it was achieved by an African-American developer is simultaneously historic and irrelevant.Otis Warren Jr. had every reason to act like a proud parent at the formal opening of the $38 million City Crescent office development on Howard Street several weeks ago. The market for commercial real estate is bleak; financing for it from banks and other lenders who have been battered by its collapse is scarce indeed.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporter | July 4, 2007
The City Crescent, a pioneering project on Baltimore's west side and the first downtown office complex developed by a minority-led team, has sold for $75 million, the broker for the sale said yesterday. Washington Investment Capital purchased the 270,369-square-foot building at 10 S. Howard St., commercial real estate firm Trans- western said. A group led by minority developers Otis Warren and Theo Rodgers built the sprawling 11-story building in 1993 on a city-acquired parcel for the federal government, which leased the majority of the space for anchor tenant the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 26, 2000
More than 150 Baltimore-area business leaders have agreed to participate in a review of the city fire, housing, health, public works and recreation departments to help government officials run their agencies more efficiently. Mayor Martin O'Malley, drawing on a strategy used in Philadelphia, requested the review after his election in large part because of concern about a potential $153 million deficit the city faces. The Greater Baltimore Committee and the President's Roundtable made the appeal for volunteer business leaders to participate in the study.
NEWS
August 14, 2005
On August 10, 2005, GWENDOLYN O., beloved mother of Towanda Davis, Kevin Warren, Derick Warren and Walter Davis. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Otis Warren, Jr. and Bernard Campbell. Friends may call at the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue, on Wednesday, after 8:30 A.M., where the family will receive friends on Thursday, 11:30, followed by funeral service at 12 noon. See www.marchfh.com
NEWS
August 14, 2005
On August 10, 2005, GWENDOLYN O., beloved mother of Towanda Davis, Kevin Warren, Derick Warren and Walter Davis. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Otis Warren, Jr. and Bernard Campbell. Friends may call at the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue, on Wednesday, after 8:30 A.M., where the family will receive friends on Thursday, 11:30, followed by funeral service at 12 noon. See www.marchfh.com
BUSINESS
October 27, 1996
M. Gayle Briscoe (below) became president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors last week, succeeding Adam D. Cockey of W.H.C. Wilson & Co. as head of the 3,300-member trade association.Briscoe, vice president of Otis Warren Real Estate Services, has been assisting consumers in the home-buying process for more than 25 years.She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Hampton University in Virginia and a master's in social work from the University of Maryland, and has an associate broker's license.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts | November 8, 1991
One month after it negotiated an agreement to enable it to move ahead with the construction of a $39 million federal office building, a group headed by Otis Warren and Theo Rodgers has been unable to obtain financing for the project.The U.S. General Services Administration sent an official to Baltimore yesterday to determine the reason for the delay and will decide soon on whether to wait for Mr. Warren's group or to go with another developer.Mr. Warren could not be reached for comment. But John Thompson, director of business and public affairs for the GSA's Philadelphia office, said he understands the developer has been unable to sell the bonds needed to raise funds for the construction of the 11-story, 300,000-square-foot building, planned for the southwest corner of Baltimore and Howard streets.
BUSINESS
By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,Sun Staff Writer | December 30, 1994
An article about the Harrison's Pier 5 Hotel in the Business section on Dec. 30 incorrectly stated the entity that led the city's efforts to find a potential buyer for the 71-room project. Efforts were led by the Baltimore Development Corp.The Sun regrets the errors.The city has awarded exclusive negotiating rights to acquire the 71-room Harrison's Pier 5 Hotel to a local group of businessmen led by real estate developer Otis Warren Jr.Pure Five Inc. hopes to purchase the Inner Harbor hotel for $5.5 million by March 1995, when its negotiating contract expires, Mr. Warren said.
BUSINESS
By Ellen James Martin and Ellen James Martin,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1995
They wore dark, pinstriped suits and yet performed graceful pirouettes, lilting side steps and charming turns.The camera followed a group of prominent Baltimore business brass as they danced at several downtown sites to music from "The Nutcracker Suite" yesterday.Filming for three television spots -- part of a comprehensive campaign led by the Downtown Partnership -- began yesterday with a holiday-time commercial to air on local TV stations in November and December. The commercials are designed to lure more Baltimore-area residents downtown during the winter.
BUSINESS
By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2005
Barbara A. Gehrig, the Comcast Corp. executive in charge of the cable company's Maryland-Delaware region, is to be named tonight as the new chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee, making her the first woman to head the 50-year-old advocacy organization. Gehrig, 49, who has been vice chair for the past two years, is succeeding Christian H. Poindexter, the retired Constellation Energy chief executive who had held that top spot since May 2003, the GBC said. Atwood "Woody" Collins III, president and chief operating officer of M&T Bank Corp.
BUSINESS
By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2005
Barbara A. Gehrig, the Comcast Corp. executive in charge of the cable company's Maryland-Delaware region, is to be named tonight as the new chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee, making her the first woman to head the 50-year-old advocacy organization. Gehrig, 49, who has been vice chair for the past two years, is succeeding Christian H. Poindexter, the retired Constellation Energy chief executive who had held that top spot since May 2003, the GBC said. Atwood "Woody" Collins III, president and chief operating officer of M&T Bank Corp.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 26, 2000
More than 150 Baltimore-area business leaders have agreed to participate in a review of the city fire, housing, health, public works and recreation departments to help government officials run their agencies more efficiently. Mayor Martin O'Malley, drawing on a strategy used in Philadelphia, requested the review after his election in large part because of concern about a potential $153 million deficit the city faces. The Greater Baltimore Committee and the President's Roundtable made the appeal for volunteer business leaders to participate in the study.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Jamie Stiehm and Gerard Shields contributed to this article | June 16, 1998
A weekend party at the downtown Brokerage that unexpectedly drew 3,000 people and ended with a disturbance that took police from across the city to quell was poorly run and lacked adequate security, the mayor said yesterday."
NEWS
By Alec Klein and Alec Klein,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1998
In a setback for urban renewal in the city, developers have pulled out of a multimillion-dollar project to build a middle-class residential community on one of the last large open parcels in Baltimore -- the ill-fated Koppers site, an abandoned heath in Pigtown.The developers -- Ryland Group Inc. and Otis Warren-- had planned an $11.3 million community of 113 homes, each expected to sell for about $100,000 and provide a much needed boost for economically struggling Southwest Baltimore.But the vacant site was filled with large slabs and pilings of subterranean concrete.
BUSINESS
By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1997
Over the strenuous objections of Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, Baltimore's Board of Estimates yesterday approved a contract to let a group headed by developer Otis Warren Jr. manage 28 city properties.Pratt, the lone board member who voted against the contract, said the real estate department in her office could save %o taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars if it were given the job.The five-member board, composed of top elected and appointed city officials, deferred action on a separate agreement with another firm, Colliers Pinkard, to manage a downtown office tower.
NEWS
April 4, 1997
Otis Warren's work earns him praiseThe front page of the April 1 Business Section reads "Underdog wins city contract."It could have been a celebration of a man who has worked hard his entire life to accomplish what few people have accomplished before.It should have applauded the Baltimore Development Corp. for making a selection other than the companies that have traditionally taken all the commercial properties in Baltimore City and granting an opportunity to a man who was not grandfathered into Baltimore City property ownership.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporter | July 4, 2007
The City Crescent, a pioneering project on Baltimore's west side and the first downtown office complex developed by a minority-led team, has sold for $75 million, the broker for the sale said yesterday. Washington Investment Capital purchased the 270,369-square-foot building at 10 S. Howard St., commercial real estate firm Trans- western said. A group led by minority developers Otis Warren and Theo Rodgers built the sprawling 11-story building in 1993 on a city-acquired parcel for the federal government, which leased the majority of the space for anchor tenant the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies.
FEATURES
By SYLVIA BADGER | November 17, 1995
KUDOS TO Charlene Cohen, wife of Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Director of the Cancer Center Dr. Gary Cohen, for doing such a great job chairing the GBMC 30th anniversary Celebration at Camden Yards.She was pleased that despite terrible weather, there was such a good turnout which helped them raise more than $140,000 for the Hospice of Baltimore's new inpatient facility, the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care, scheduled to open next spring.Others who helped with this fund-raiser were Towson attorney and GBMC Foundation Board Member Carolyn Thaler; president the GBMC auxiliary Ellen Hensby; GBMC volunteer Anne Haley, who chaired the silent auction which offered some pretty fabulous items, thanks to help from Diana Clarke and Connie Pitcher.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1996
M. Gayle Briscoe (below) became president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors last week, succeeding Adam D. Cockey of W.H.C. Wilson & Co. as head of the 3,300-member trade association.Briscoe, vice president of Otis Warren Real Estate Services, has been assisting consumers in the home-buying process for more than 25 years.She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Hampton University in Virginia and a master's in social work from the University of Maryland, and has an associate broker's license.
FEATURES
By SYLVIA BADGER | November 17, 1995
KUDOS TO Charlene Cohen, wife of Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Director of the Cancer Center Dr. Gary Cohen, for doing such a great job chairing the GBMC 30th anniversary Celebration at Camden Yards.She was pleased that despite terrible weather, there was such a good turnout which helped them raise more than $140,000 for the Hospice of Baltimore's new inpatient facility, the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care, scheduled to open next spring.Others who helped with this fund-raiser were Towson attorney and GBMC Foundation Board Member Carolyn Thaler; president the GBMC auxiliary Ellen Hensby; GBMC volunteer Anne Haley, who chaired the silent auction which offered some pretty fabulous items, thanks to help from Diana Clarke and Connie Pitcher.
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