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By Mary Gail Hare and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 30, 2011
The Randallstown Library has undergone a nearly $500,000 renovation that includes upgrades to the entrance and lobby, the addition of three tutoring rooms and a new elevator to improve access to the building at 8604 Liberty Road. The project was completed for $60,000 under its $510,000 estimated budget. The state will reimburse about $255,000 of the cost. Officials will mark the renovation at a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 11a.m. on Feb. 14.
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Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The marble head and body of the George Washington Monument in Baltimore reemerged last week from the scaffolding that has ensconced it for nearly a year, and all exterior renovations are expected to wrap up this month. The $5.5 million restoration project for the 178-foot obelisk in Mount Vernon is ahead of schedule, and entire building should be uncovered in time for the annual Monument Lighting in December, said Cathy Rosenbaum, of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. Cranes will arrive this week to remove some of the heavier construction infrastructure.
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BUSINESS
January 21, 2010
Baltimore's former Highlandtown Library would be renovated by mid-2011 to house a mixture of office and classroom space on the upper levels and retail space at street level, if the city accepts a $1.5 million proposal submitted by the Southeast Community Development Corp. The Baltimore Development Corp. sought proposals last year for the surplus city property at 3323 Eastern Ave. and announced Wednesday that the bid from nonprofit Southeast CDC is the only one it received. Under the proposal, the renovated library would house the headquarters of the Southeast CDC and other tenants.
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By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, already a known Annapolis arts destination, solidified that role last Sunday with a celebration unveiling the results of its $1.6 million renovation - a project that includes 543 new seats, an orchestra pit, stage extension and improved acoustics. Brief performances were offered by Maryland Hall's four resident companies: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale and Ballet Theatre of Maryland. The 170 voices of the Annapolis Chorale, together with the chamber orchestra, opened the concert auspiciously with "O fortuna" from "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
The new owners of the city's historic Lord Baltimore Hotel will celebrate the completion of a multimillion dollar renovation Thursday. The private, family-owned Rubell Hotels declined to name the final cost of its floor-by-floor overhaul of the 23-story, 1928 landmark, calling the restoration a "labor of love. " The new look includes rooftop gardens, Murano and Baccarat chandeliers in the lobby and ballroom, and guest rooms conceived by a former Ralph Lauren designer in "New American" style with textured fabric and dark wood.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2013
Harbor East Delicatessen and Pizzeria will close for renovations on Sunday. When it reopens, a short time later according to co-owner Alexander Smith, it will start breakfast service and unveil new menu items. Smith is also a partner in the neighboring Harbor East restaurants Ouzo Bay and Manchurian Rice Co. Follow Baltimore Diner on Twitter @gorelickingood
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2010
Baltimore Museum of Art leaders unveiled plans on Tuesday to complete a $24 million renovation in time for the institution's 100 t h anniversary in 2014, a three-year project that will require some galleries to be closed in phases starting early next year. The museum's director, Doreen Bolger, and its fundraising campaign co-chair, Sandra Levi Gerstung, announced that the museum has raised more than half the funds needed for the project, including a commitment of $10 million over four years from the state of Maryland and a $1.25 million bond issue from the city of Baltimore.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
Managers of West Baltimore's historic Lexington Market are looking for a consultant to help them plan a multimillion-dollar renovation to transform the market into a regional draw. Lexington Market released the call for consulting services on Monday and expects to pick a firm by September. The 231-year-old market wants a face lift that will make it into a "food destination" attracting a "broad mix" of customers, according to the request for consulting services. Owners want the renovation to make the market better looking inside and out, improve the flow of customers in the building, and for the consultants to give recommendations on whether to promote things like healthy eating.
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April 29, 2012
That schools CEO Andrés Alonso deplores the lavish renovation at headquarters only after the work has been done says a lot about why he should go. Mr. Alonso has abused having a driver, and he brings in outside auditors when standardized tests are given because he doesn't trust the people who work for him, He and the mayor were pictured with President Obama when he signed a wavier to do away with certain requirements of the No Child Left...
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2010
The Baltimore Museum of Art on Tuesday night selected Synthesis, a Columbia-based firm, to serve as project manager and owner's representative for a three-year, $24 million renovation. The museum's board of trustees voted unanimously to hire the company, which also served as the project manager for the American Brewery conversion in East Baltimore and for the expansion of the Maryland Science Center . As part of its contract, Synthesis will coordinate the selection of the architectural and construction management firms and will assist the museum in completing the project on schedule and on budget.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
The Baltimore Book Festival, once an annual staple in Mount Vernon Square, is smack dab in the touristy Inner Harbor this year, a move that got mostly positive reviews Saturday. Some who took part in the festival in Mount Vernon say they miss the venue and add that it's too early to say which is better. Others thought that featuring the festival at the harbor would give tourists a good impression of the city. "Down here, you have people that are not just coming to the book festival.
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Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
When Baltimore city schools and the Maryland Stadium Authority adopted a plan to update the city's aging school buildings in January 2013, they hoped to rebuild or restore 30 to 35 schools in the first phase of renovations. But studies to identify the schools' needs determined that the $977 million in bond funding the system expects to receive would cover only 23 to 28 schools. The city school commissioners at their board meeting Tuesday night reviewed a hotly contested recommendation to defer renovations to some of Baltimore's most dilapidated schools because they would be the costliest to renovate.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Two Baltimore-area firms are planning to restore the historic Central Savings Bank in downtown, adding more shops and apartments to a once vibrant business district trying to reinvent itself as a hotbed of residential activity. Poverni Sheikh Group and Meisel Capital Partners are planning 26, mostly one-bedroom apartments, as well as 12,000 square feet of retail in the 1 E. Lexington St. property, and two adjacent parcels on Lexington and N. Charles streets. The joint venture, Central Savings Bank Shops & Flats, purchased the properties, which were built around 1900 and are connected in the interiors, as a package last month for $1.2 million, said Poverni Sheikh Group Principal Ibrahim Sheikh.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Fed up with rodents and flooding, about half of the members of Baltimore's law department are leaving their ground-level offices at City Hall for a renovated facility in downtown Baltimore. The $306,000 cost of the renovations was approved Wednesday by the city's Board of Estimates. About 50 law department employees will move from City Hall to two floors on city-owned property at 7 E. Redwood St. "It became an environmental challenge," said City Solicitor George Nilson of the ground-level offices.
FEATURES
By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Third in a summer series highlighting dream homes on the water. When Wendy and Alex Haig set out five years ago to find the perfect weekend retreat, they were torn between two different bucolic areas: the rolling horse country of Middleburg, Va., and the wide expanse of the Chesapeake Bay. "The bay very clearly won out," Wendy Haig says. Alex Haig, a lawyer and son of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and his wife, a managing partner for a marketing strategy company, wanted a place where they could relax with family and friends and escape from the pressures of Washington.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Brockett Horne and her husband, Chris Tesluk, say they chose their city home with the flip of a coin. "Chris works in College Park and I teach at MICA; we ended up choosing Baltimore over D.C.," says Horne, a 40-year-old graphic artist. "We wanted an old house and close to a park. The city suits us … there is so much going on. " The couple purchased a three-story Butchers Hill rowhouse near Patterson Park in 2008 for $182,000. A former barbershop, it hadn't been occupied in 20 years.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2011
While Anne Arundel Community College students were on spring break this week, the school began making room for the $22 million renovation of its Truxal Library. The Arnold school will renovate the three-story, 43,750-square-foot facility with a 31,300-square-foot addition that will include 161 more computer stations, 15 new group study rooms and two teaching labs that will allow librarians to work with students on research projects, AACC officials said. Extending the library in a space once known for its beach volleyball area, college officials say the renovation is part of the school's efforts to ensure that its facilities keep up with expanding services for a rising enrollment.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
Just as houses come in all different designs and sizes, so do the families that live within them. The large, end-of-group rowhouse in Federal Hill that belongs to the Johnson family shelters multiple generations. "We are three generations of women, a poodle and two goldfish all living in this home that we decided to make 21st century," laughed Gilda Johnson, who lives there with her 94-year-old mother, Carlyn Johnson, and her 16-year-old daughter, Ce Ce Johnson. This family of women own three residential properties and five parcels of commercial property in Federal Hill.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed a new 700-seat elementary school near the center of Towson on Friday to relieve overcrowding, telling the school superintendent that he won't fund the school system's plans to renovate two other schools. In a letter to Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance, the county executive said he is withdrawing support for renovations to the former Loch Raven Elementary and Cromwell Valley Elementary because they are too costly.
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