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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | March 15, 2004
May will be a big month for Baltimore's Inner Harbor, with the May 7 opening of a $4.5 million Visitors Center and the May 28 opening of the expanded Maryland Science Center. But one part of the waterfront that still doesn't make a good impression is the area between the two attractions. The west shore of the Inner Harbor is a prime waterfront parcel that contains a 60-car parking lot, a police substation and dockmaster's office, a trailer for Harbor Cruises, an ice cream stand, vending machines, a Baltimore Ducks kiosk and plenty of asphalt paving.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
The food rally that had been scheduled to take place Friday night at McHenry Row has been relocated to the Inner Harbor. The Gathering , as the food truck rallies are known, will be part of the Summer Social, a monthly event staged by the Waterfront Partnership at West Shore Park,  located between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitor Center. The Summer Social , which takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., includes live music from the Kelly Bell Band, a children's play area, beer and wine sales - and food trucks.
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November 17, 1995
NOW THAT Carroll's county government plans to build a 225-foot radio tower on the grounds of Springfield Hospital Center to service the cellular phone needs of South Carroll, it would make sense for West Shore Communications to abandon its disputed tower project on Hollenberry Road one mile away.But common sense is not the operative force at work here. Money is.West Shore is not about to give up on a project than stands to generate large sums of revenue from cellular phone companies that would lease space on the tower.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2011
Fewer Kardashians than ever are now expected at the Baltimore Grand Prix. Organizers have scotched the Harbor Club, the "exclusive access" VIP area that was to be located on the Inner Harbor's West Shore Park. Pete Collier, the event's chief operating officer, is shouldering the blame for not bringing off the Harbor Club, which the event's promotional materials described as "Baltimore's answer to the famous European Grand Prix's, with their scenic water views, trackside marina, and jet setting crowds.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2005
When Baltimore voters approved plans more than 25 years ago that eventually transformed the Inner Harbor from an industrial backwater into a top tourist site, they also wanted to ensure that a waterside park remained a priority. It didn't. While Harborplace spurred development, plans for a public park on the Inner Harbor's western shore were relegated to the shadows of buildings rising all around. Until yesterday. The city's Board of Estimates unanimously approved a $5 million deal to finally build the park.
NEWS
March 24, 1995
No one should be discouraged that Carroll County officials and representatives of West Shore Communications have failed to agree on a new site for the company's proposed telecommunications tower after a couple of meetings. Many more meetings may be required to settle on an alternative to a controversial site on Hollenberry Road, but both sides should persist in their efforts.Sykesville officials and neighbors of the Hollenberry Road site show no signs of abandoning their fight to stop construction of West Shore's 200-foot tower, which began last fall but was halted abruptly.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
Anne Arundel County officials, including County Councilman John J. Klocko III, have called for a speedy and full accounting of all leases the county has handed out for cellular phone towers.An article in The Sun yesterday about two politically connected businessmen granted a lucrative tower lease far different from the county's standard lease -- that could bind the county until 2016 -- prompted criticism from several officials and vows that no sweetheart deals should be allowed."This sounds like the good-old-boys network in full force," said Democratic Del. Joan Cadden.
NEWS
January 9, 1995
A court may have to decide whether the building permit for West Shore Communications' cellular telephone tower in Sykesville was properly issued, but it should be very clear to the company that it is fighting a losing political battle. Rather than continue the increasingly expensive effort to construct this 200-foot tower, West Shore would be better off looking for an alternative site.Construction of the tower began on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 28, almost before the ink was dry on the building permit.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | March 7, 1995
The Carroll County Commissioners are searching for alternative sites for a telecommunications tower in South Carroll.The board met in closed session yesterday with Sykesville officials and West Shore Communications, the contractor for a cellular telephone tower proposed for Hollenberry Road, near the town of Sykesville."
NEWS
January 13, 1995
It is ironic that the Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals this week specifically told West Shore Communications not to resume work on its 200-foot communications tower until the board's written decision had been issued. Had the board made a similar admonition three months ago, the county wouldn't now find itself tangled in knots over whether the company had a valid building permit when it began erecting its controversial tower last Oct. 28.The appeals board gave oral notification to West Shore on Oct. 26, 1994 that it had approved the company's application.
NEWS
June 1, 2008
The Harford County Development Advisory Committee serves as a forum for the review of subdivision and site plans submitted to the Department of Planning and Zoning by those seeking building permits. The committee will review the following proposals at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the second-floor conference room of the Harford County government building, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air: 848 Lynn Lee Drive Location: Northwest corner of Churchville Road (Route 22) and Lynn Lee Drive. Developer: Carsins Run LLC/Bay Street Land Services.
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By EDWARD GUNTS and EDWARD GUNTS,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | April 13, 2006
It would hardly have seemed possible several weeks ago, judging by the amount of work still to be done, but Baltimore's newest waterfront park is on schedule to open this month. West Shore Park, under construction between the Maryland Science Center and the wavy-roofed Visitor Center, will be the setting for the Baltimore Waterfront Festival April 27-30. The event, expected to draw 300,000 people, will mark the first use of the 2.5-acre stretch of shoreline since work began in August on a $2 million reconstruction.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2005
When Baltimore voters approved plans more than 25 years ago that eventually transformed the Inner Harbor from an industrial backwater into a top tourist site, they also wanted to ensure that a waterside park remained a priority. It didn't. While Harborplace spurred development, plans for a public park on the Inner Harbor's western shore were relegated to the shadows of buildings rising all around. Until yesterday. The city's Board of Estimates unanimously approved a $5 million deal to finally build the park.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | October 25, 2004
Baltimore's Inner Harbor has been described as the city's living room. Soon it will have a front lawn as well if city voters approve a $30 million bond issue that would include $2 million to create a "world class" park on the harbor's west shore. Baltimore's Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel, formerly known as the Design Advisory Panel, last week approved preliminary plans for creating a public park on a 2.5 acre parcel along Light Street, between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitors Center.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2004
In a glitzy celebration attended by hundreds and punctuated with pyrotechnics, Baltimore christened its long-awaited Inner Harbor visitor center last night. Guests watched from two boats docked nearby until the appointed moment when the drapes came down and the lights came up on the $4.5 million building, revealing its inner contents. "We want this building to be a vibrant reflection of the best Baltimore has to offer," Leslie R. Doggett, president and chief executive of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, said in an interview this week.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | March 15, 2004
May will be a big month for Baltimore's Inner Harbor, with the May 7 opening of a $4.5 million Visitors Center and the May 28 opening of the expanded Maryland Science Center. But one part of the waterfront that still doesn't make a good impression is the area between the two attractions. The west shore of the Inner Harbor is a prime waterfront parcel that contains a 60-car parking lot, a police substation and dockmaster's office, a trailer for Harbor Cruises, an ice cream stand, vending machines, a Baltimore Ducks kiosk and plenty of asphalt paving.
NEWS
June 1, 1995
A communications company will ask a county hearing officer today for permission to build a 250-foot-tall cellular phone tower off Mountain Road.The proposal by West Shore Communications Inc. would exceed county regulations governing height, buffer area and property setback.Neighbors met Tuesday night with Del. John R. Leopold to discuss their concerns and said they will raise the same issues at the hearing.West Shore Communications also has pending before the county Board of Appeals a request for a 250-foot-tall communications tower next to the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department on Davidsonville Road.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | March 23, 1995
Carroll County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown said the commissioners might have found an alternative site for a controversial 200-foot telecommunications tower near Sykesville. But the second closed meeting in two weeks failed to produce a compromise between West Shore Communications Inc. and town officials.Sykesville Mayor Jonathan Herman said that a number of alternatives were discussed in the Monday morning meeting, but he was uncertain whether a deal could be reached."The town is kind of caught between a rock and a hard place," said Mr. Herman, who was to present options to the Town Council in closed session last night.
NEWS
February 5, 1999
AS THE only jurisdiction in the Baltimore area operating with a cap on property taxes, Anne Arundel County needs all the revenue it can get, its officials often say. So why didn't they negotiate more favorable leases for telecommunications antennas on county property?As The Sun's Laura Sullivan reported this week, the terms of county leases vary greatly. In 14 of 15 leases for telecommunications towers, the county charges companies a rates that vary from $4,500 to almost $40,000 annually.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
Anne Arundel County officials, including County Councilman John J. Klocko III, have called for a speedy and full accounting of all leases the county has handed out for cellular phone towers.An article in The Sun yesterday about two politically connected businessmen granted a lucrative tower lease far different from the county's standard lease -- that could bind the county until 2016 -- prompted criticism from several officials and vows that no sweetheart deals should be allowed."This sounds like the good-old-boys network in full force," said Democratic Del. Joan Cadden.
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