September 3, 2006
In a blow to a coalition of Baltimore community leaders who say penthouses atop the Pier Homes at HarborView violate height limits and should come down, a city housing officer has affirmed her department's decision to allow the developer to continue building rooftop structures at the luxury waterfront project. Although neighborhood groups argued at an Aug. 4 hearing that the penthouses - with stairways, elevators and sinks - are more like living space than shelter for mechanical equipment and are in violation of the city's 58-foot height limit, hearing officer Jan Goslee declared the rooftop structures in compliance.
July 22, 2006
HarborView defends waterfront project With regard to The Sun's editorial "A view too costly" (July 16), I contend that there has not been - nor will there ever be - what the editorial called a "flagrant" violation of development regulations on the part of HarborView Properties. In fact, we contend that at every step of the way, we have fully complied with the Key Highway Urban Renewal Plan. Moreover, city housing officials conscientiously monitored every step in design and construction and they continue to do so. The editorial labels the "offending structures" as "roof pop-tops," and continues, "All that was permitted under the law was a structure for mechanical equipment."
May 10, 2006
After a five-year battle, the issue of new tall buildings threatening the unique character of historic Mount Vernon and the view corridor along Charles Street has recently been resolved. But residents of another of Baltimore's most beloved districts are battling the pending demolition of several historic buildings in the heart of their community. St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church sits at the geographical center of Fells Point. The church and its associated structures form a full block bordered by Ann and Aliceanna streets.
October 14, 2005
If Baltimore City Council members are expecting the two sides in the Mount Vernon height battle to settle their differences, they are sadly mistaken. A compromise on a revised urban renewal plan for the neighborhood is not in the offing. An experienced mediator brought into the debate previously concluded to city planners that the groups were beyond her help. But the council needs to move this process along: It should use the Planning Commission's proposed height limits as its guide in setting new parameters for development in this historic neighborhood.
July 29, 2005
Planning panel protects charm of Mount Vernon This letter is to correct the mistaken impression left by The Sun's article on the July 21 Planning Commission hearing on the Mount Vernon urban renewal plan ("Planning panel OKs 200-foot Mount Vernon height limit," July 22). The panel resoundingly supported two of three major recommendations of the community, and on the third issue, it significantly reduced height limits to 100 feet or less for more than half of Mount Vernon. Yes, it did allow a 200-foot zone and a 150-foot zone, which are unacceptable.
July 20, 2005
BALTIMORE Discussions planned today, tomorrow on book `Holes' Discussions are planned across the city this month for Baltimore's 2005 book selection, Holes by Louis Sachar. Organized by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the discussions aim to encourage Baltimore youth to continue reading during the summer. The next discussion is set for 2 p.m. today at the Mount Royal Recreation Center, 120 W. Mosher St. Another discussion on the book is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Curtis Bay Recreation Center, 1630 Filbert St. BALTIMORE Planning panel hearing set on Mount Vernon renewal The Baltimore Planning Commission will consider the controversial Mount Vernon urban renewal plan at a public hearing tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, 100 Cathedral St. The goal of the plan is to encourage development in Mount Vernon, a historic neighborhood centered around the Washington Monument.