Recent stories by Edward Gunts

6:32 PM EST, December 11, 2012

Baltimore activists urge formation of local African-American civil rights commission

Concerned that Baltimore is in danger of losing valuable aspects of its African-American heritage, civil rights activists and preservationists gathered at City Hall Tuesday to urge the formation of a Baltimore City African-American Civil Rights Historic Commission.

Hotel proposed to have some of the highest-priced rooms in Baltimore

7:18 PM EST, December 9, 2012

Hotel proposed to have some of the highest-priced rooms in Baltimore

When the Four Seasons Baltimore opened last year on the downtown waterfront, it became one of the city's most expensive hotels, with rooms starting at $279 per night.

Inner Harbor site approved for Du Burns statue

7:37 PM EST, November 21, 2012

Inner Harbor site approved for Du Burns statue

A bronze statue of Baltimore's first African-American mayor can join a statue of former Mayor William Donald Schaefer on the west shore of the Inner Harbor, a municipal panel ruled Wednesday.

Tiffany-designed church interior a Baltimore landmark candidate

7:08 PM EST, November 26, 2012

Tiffany-designed church interior a Baltimore landmark candidate

More than a few East Coast buildings contain a Tiffany stained-glass window or two. But one structure in Baltimore can boast much more — a complete interior created by the famed designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany.

6:56 AM EST, November 6, 2012

Four-alarm fire hits vacant Fells Point building Tuesday

Baltimore City fire crews are battling a four-alarm fire that began Tuesday morning in the 500 block of South Broadway in Fells Point.

8:10 PM EDT, October 31, 2012

Bridge deck work to resume this weekend on BWI corridor

The State Highway Administration plans to resume work on its "bridge on wheels" project this weekend after construction mishaps and the former Hurricane Sandy delayed the installation of two new spans on West Nursery Road over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Inner Harbor site eyed for statue of ex-Mayor 'Du' Burns

8:45 PM EST, November 12, 2012

Inner Harbor site eyed for statue of ex-Mayor 'Du' Burns

Three years after an Inner Harbor statue of William Donald Schaefer was unveiled, admirers of the city's first African-American mayor want to erect a statue of him nearby.

6:33 PM EDT, November 3, 2012

More Md. emergency workers head north to help with Sandy recovery

Maryland and Baltimore are sending nearly 30 more employees, including 25 state troopers, to New Jersey and New York to assist in recovery efforts following Storm Sandy.

W. Md. gets more than 2 feet of snow in storm

7:52 PM EDT, October 30, 2012

W. Md. gets more than 2 feet of snow in storm

More than 2 feet of snow fell in parts of Garrett and Allegany counties as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy collided with a cold front backed by polar air, closing east- and westbound sections of Interstate 68 in Western Maryland until late Tuesday morning.

Going, going: Last of city's giant gas holders coming down

7:22 PM EDT, October 18, 2012

Going, going: Last of city's giant gas holders coming down

The giant gray cylinder has loomed over the North Baltimore landscape for decades, providing heating gas for city homes and a familiar landmark for drivers on the Jones Falls Expressway.

7:42 PM EDT, October 31, 2012

Bridge deck work to resume this weekend on BWI corridor

The State Highway Administration plans to resume work on its "bridge on wheels" project this weekend after construction mishaps and the former Hurricane Sandy delayed the installation of two new spans on West Nursery Road over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

7:28 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

Frank Gehry pays a visit to old stamping grounds — Columbia

Forty years after Frank Gehry completed a series of buildings in the fledgling "new town" of Columbia, the current master developer wants him to come back and design more.

Frank Gehry pays a visit to old stomping grounds — Columbia

6:10 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

Frank Gehry pays a visit to old stomping grounds — Columbia

Forty years after Frank Gehry completed a series of buildings in the then-fledgling "new town" of Columbia, the current master developer wants him to come back and design more.

Designs unveiled for Harford County's $60 million Center for the Arts

8:49 PM EDT, October 23, 2012

Designs unveiled for Harford County's $60 million Center for the Arts

In a career spanning more than half a century, New York architect Hugh Hardy says he has never worked on an arts-related project like the one his office is designing in Maryland: Harford County's $60 million Center for the Arts.

9:11 AM EDT, September 27, 2012

Maryland Institute breaks ground on $16.5 million expansion

The Maryland Institute College of Art broke ground this month for The Commons II, a five-story $16.5 million residence hall on North Avenue near Mount Royal Avenue that will provide housing for 240 students in 80 apartments when it opens by the fall of 2013. The project will also include an auditorium, performance space and other amenities. The Commons II was designed by Hord Coplan Macht as an addition to The Commons, a 20 year-old residence hall that will get a $2 million renovation as part of the same project.

Enterprise Community Partners getting new home but staying in Columbia

6:13 PM EDT, September 6, 2012

Enterprise Community Partners getting new home but staying in Columbia

Enterprise Community Partners, a Columbia-based organization that helps people around the country find affordable housing, is itself getting a new home but staying in Columbia.

10:31 PM EDT, September 3, 2012

Rescue crews seek missing boater near Gibson Island

Rescue workers searched Monday for a 27-year-old man from Philadelphia who fell off a sailboat near Gibson Island during an afternoon squall.

The past is prologue for Elkridge's Belmont Manor

6:24 PM EDT, September 20, 2012

The past is prologue for Elkridge's Belmont Manor

From the front steps of its large manor house, the Belmont estate in Elkridge looks the same as it has for more than two centuries, with rolling pastures and woodlands as far as the eye can see.

3:49 PM EDT, August 28, 2012

Bay Bridge reopened after unscheduled inspection

The Maryland Transportation Authority reopened all lanes of the Bay Bridge around noon today, after unusual vertical movements had triggered an unscheduled review by about 30 inspectors.

6:37 PM EDT, August 22, 2012

Two teens killed, one injured in Bowleys Quarters crash

Two teenagers from Baltimore County were killed and another was critically injured in a single-car accident early Wednesday in Bowleys Quarters, according to county police.

Howard Hughes Corp. buys former Ryland Group headquarters in Columbia

4:58 PM EDT, August 20, 2012

Howard Hughes Corp. buys former Ryland Group headquarters in Columbia

As a further sign of its investment in the revitalization of Columbia's town center, the Howard Hughes Corp. last week acquired the former Ryland Group headquarters, a nine-story office building next to The Mall in Columbia and close to land where Howard Hughes plans to build a $100 million apartment and retail complex.

Derailed train buries Ellicott City in coal, crushing two teen girls

12:03 AM EDT, August 22, 2012

Derailed train buries Ellicott City in coal, crushing two teen girls

Ellicott City's historic center braced for a difficult, days-long cleanup of coal, overturned train cars and smashed vehicles after a Tuesday train derailment that crushed two 19-year-old women to death on a bridge.

National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame makes progress on future home

4:00 PM EDT, August 30, 2012

National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame makes progress on future home

Navigator Stan Honey led what was then the fastest nonstop circumnavigation of the world under sail — "48 days and a few hours" in 2010.

Water main breaks disrupt evening commutes, morning routines

10:03 PM EDT, July 17, 2012

Water main breaks disrupt evening commutes, morning routines

Matt Bloedorn was resigned Tuesday to a commute from Fells Point that would take twice as long as usual, maybe more, as the city dealt with continued flare-ups in its underground water system.

7:25 AM EDT, August 21, 2012

Two dead following CSX train derailment in Ellicott City

Two people have died following the derailment of a CSX train carrying coal and traveling through Ellicott City around midnight Monday.

Water main repairs to keep Light Street closed for weeks

10:09 PM EDT, July 17, 2012

Water main repairs to keep Light Street closed for weeks

A 120-year-old water main that broke and flooded downtown streets will disrupt traffic for at least three weeks, said city officials who reminded residents that such disruptions are frequent because of the aging infrastructure beneath Baltimore.

MICA plans $18.5 million expansion, renovation of student housing

7:41 PM EDT, July 12, 2012

MICA plans $18.5 million expansion, renovation of student housing

Twenty years after opening its first large residence for students, the Maryland Institute College of Art plans to build a $16.5 million addition that will increase the number of undergraduates living on campus and help revitalize Baltimore's North Avenue corridor and northern Bolton Hill.

Parkway Theatre considered for landmark designation

3:00 PM EDT, August 13, 2012

Parkway Theatre considered for landmark designation

Baltimore's long dormant Parkway Theatre on North Avenue, a fixture in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, would be added to the city's landmark list, if public officials approve a plan now before the City Council.

Harbor Point developers seek to expand project

8:06 PM EDT, July 5, 2012

Harbor Point developers seek to expand project

Developers of Baltimore's Harbor Point have asked the city for permission to build up to 1,000 residences on the site between Harbor East and Fells Point, making the project more of a mixed-use community than is currently allowed by the city's zoning.

Light Street section projected to reopen by Aug. 20

2:59 PM EDT, August 13, 2012

Light Street section projected to reopen by Aug. 20

Baltimore's Department of Public Works has set Aug. 20 as the tentative date to reopen a two block stretch of Light Street in downtown Baltimore, an area that has been closed to vehicles for repairs since a 20-inch water main broke on July 16.

Fort McHenry enjoying a banner year; attendance up 27.5 percent during first half of 2012

4:47 PM EDT, August 12, 2012

Fort McHenry enjoying a banner year; attendance up 27.5 percent during first half of 2012

California residents Caryn and Kurt Burris missed the Star-Spangled Sailabration festivities in June, but they learned all about the Stars and Stripes this month at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

Chase Brexton launches $25M renovation of new headquarters

4:10 PM EDT, July 4, 2012

Chase Brexton launches $25M renovation of new headquarters

One year after announcing plans to move its headquarters to the former Monumental Life Building at Charles and Chase streets, Chase-Brexton Health Services is about to begin a $25 million renovation to prepare the property for its new use.

Repairs beginning to prevent 'catastrophic' failure of regional water main

6:57 PM EDT, July 9, 2012

Repairs beginning to prevent 'catastrophic' failure of regional water main

Nearly 2 million residents are being asked to conserve drinking water for the next three weeks so crews can complete "proactive" repairs to an aging water main in Southwest Baltimore that serves the region.

11:49 PM EDT, July 1, 2012

Hit-and-run driver strikes bicyclist, 64, in Hanover

Anne Arundel County police officers are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck a 64-year-old bicyclist in Hanover on Sunday morning, sending him to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Albert Richard Baines Jr., tool designer and WWII veteran

2:47 PM EDT, July 2, 2012

Albert Richard Baines Jr., tool designer and WWII veteran

Albert Richard Baines Jr., a retired tool designer for Westinghouse Electric Corp. and World War II veteran, died Tuesday at his home in Arnold. He was 92.

9:33 PM EDT, July 1, 2012

Fires damage two Ellicott City houses

Howard County firefighters are investigating the causes of two fires in Ellicott City over the weekend, a two-alarm blaze that broke out in a home on Manor Lane on Saturday evening and a fire that began about 5:45 p.m. Sunday at a home on Valley Road.

4:58 PM EDT, June 18, 2012

Boy Scouts win approval to acquire 19 acres in Harford Co. from state

The Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has won approval from state officials to buy 19 acres in Harford County to expand the Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation through an unusual method known as a land patent.

Johns Hopkins' new hospital sets transformative vision

1:27 PM EDT, June 9, 2012

Johns Hopkins' new hospital sets transformative vision

For generations, patients entering Johns Hopkins Hospital walked past an oil painting of the founder and a marble statue of Jesus Christ. In the building that Hopkins opened this spring, they see blue and green rhinos, a flying ostrich and a purple cow jumping over 28 moons.

Study launched to gauge support to build or renovate performing arts centers in Annapolis

June 22, 2012

Study launched to gauge support to build or renovate performing arts centers in Annapolis

For years, one group of arts lovers has dreamed of building a "world-class" performance hall in Annapolis.

Fort McHenry expects large crowds during Sailabration

10:44 AM EDT, June 6, 2012

Fort McHenry expects large crowds during Sailabration

Baltimore's Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, site of a key battle in the War of 1812 and birthplace of "The Star Spangled Banner," will be in the spotlight during many of the Star Spangled Sailabration events June 13 to 19.

BWI airport becomes art gallery to celebrate human rights

10:39 AM EDT, May 21, 2012

BWI airport becomes art gallery to celebrate human rights

Some of the bravest people in the world can be found at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

4:00 PM EDT, March 22, 2012

Columbia's population poised to pass the 100,000 mark

When developer James W. Rouse revealed plans in 1963 to build a "new city" in Howard County, he predicted that it would have more than 100,000 residents by 1980.

Developers unveil plans for $100 million project in Columbia

12:05 AM EDT, May 17, 2012

Developers unveil plans for $100 million project in Columbia

The master developer of Columbia's Town Center aims to begin construction by early next year on a $100 million apartment and retail complex, the area's first new housing in a decade.

Bromo Tower arts and entertainment district proposal moves forward

6:38 PM EDT, May 6, 2012

Bromo Tower arts and entertainment district proposal moves forward

A large swath of downtown Baltimore's west side would become the city's third state-designated arts and entertainment district, and the state's 20th, if Maryland economic development officials approve a city application designed to strengthen the area.

2:13 PM EDT, May 31, 2012

New arts district approved for west side of downtown Baltimore

A large section of downtown Baltimore's west side will become the city's third state-designated arts and entertainment district, and the state's 20th, starting this summer.

12:56 AM EDT, May 21, 2012

Man fatally shot by Baltimore police identified

Baltimore police identified the man fatally shot by an officer Saturday afternoon as 31-year-old Maurice Holloman of Belair-Edison, though a relative said his name was Maurice Donald Johnson.

From Sun Magazine: Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff home

7:15 AM EDT, March 22, 2012

From Sun Magazine: Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff home

When Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff first saw the old stone farmhouse in northern Baltimore County, it had holes in the walls and raccoons in the basement.

12:20 AM EST, March 5, 2012

Girl, 13, found dead in Darley Park section of Baltimore

A 13-year-old girl was found slain Sunday evening in the Darley Park neighborhood of northeast Baltimore, police reported.

U. S. Mint launches sale of 2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

5:56 PM EST, March 5, 2012

U. S. Mint launches sale of 2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

Barb and Greg Damon traveled to Maryland from Oregon to run a marathon and left with an unusual souvenir.

Even without music, Alsop and the BSO strive to hit high notes

6:27 PM EST, February 29, 2012

Even without music, Alsop and the BSO strive to hit high notes

Marin Alsop is well known as the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, but this weekend she will be conducting a different sort of production.

MICA vending machine aims to bring fine art to masses

7:39 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

MICA vending machine aims to bring fine art to masses

You usually head for a vending machine when you're craving a bag of chips or can of soda.

March 5, 2012

Women of the World fest draws 1,700 to Meyerhoff

The first Women of the World-Baltimore Festival drew about 1,700 people to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall during the three-day run that ended Sunday. An additional 1,000 patrons attended a concert Saturday night featuring singer Mary Chapin Carpenter and comedienne Rain Pryor.

9:43 PM EST, February 26, 2012

Hopkins student Nathan Krasnopoler remembered at candlelight vigil one year after bike accident

Johns Hopkins University student Nathan Krasnopoler was riding his bike home from the Waverly Farmer's Market on a sunny Saturday morning last February when his life was cut short by an elderly driver.

9:38 PM EST, February 25, 2012

Baltimore Co. students honor teachers from segregation era

After he graduated from the old Sollers Point Junior-Senior High School in 1953, Ed "Eddie" Bartee went to work forBethlehem Steel Corp.in Sparrows Point, where he became a representative for the steelworkers' union and was responsible for a $2 million budget.

Columbia marks 50 years since Rouse began buying land for town

11:35 AM EST, February 19, 2012

Columbia marks 50 years since Rouse began buying land for town

In terms of its size and composition, Harper's Choice isn't all that different from other villages in Columbia.

9:19 AM EST, January 17, 2012

EDF withdraws opposition to Constellation, Exelon merger

Exelon Corp. and Constellation Energy Group have reached an agreement with Electricite de France, a large Constellation shareholder, for the French utility to withdraw its opposition to a proposed merger between the companies.

Maryland will feature prominently in Smithsonian's latest museum

5:57 PM EST, February 22, 2012

Maryland will feature prominently in Smithsonian's latest museum

When the country's largest museum devoted to African-American history and culture opens in Washington, Maryland people and places will get a healthy share of the limelight.

Boy Scouts seek land in process dating to Colonial era

12:28 AM EST, February 1, 2012

Boy Scouts seek land in process dating to Colonial era

The 19 wooded acres in northern Harford County blend in well with the sprawling Boy Scouts campground that surrounds it.

University of Baltimore launches recycling campaign

7:52 PM EST, February 14, 2012

University of Baltimore launches recycling campaign

A new recycling campaign at the University of Baltimore is urging residents to vote with their trash.

State helps protect Baltimore archives

7:47 PM EST, January 2, 2012

State helps protect Baltimore archives

Baltimore was in danger of losing many of its most precious documents several years ago.

8:13 PM EST, February 19, 2012

Gas, water restored to most Mill Hill, Carrollton Ridge households

Natural gas and water service have been restored to most of the approximately 1,000 southwest Baltimore households that lost them as a result of pipe breaks Tuesday, city officials say.

Saving a 'hidden treasure'

3:54 PM EST, January 13, 2012

Saving a 'hidden treasure'

Decades after they joined the Girl Scouts, Kirsten Enzinger and Janet Brown still have fond memories of times they spent inside the giant tepee at Annapolis' Camp Woodlands.

McCormick to open store at Inner Harbor this summer

8:18 PM EST, February 7, 2012

McCormick to open store at Inner Harbor this summer

More than 20 years after it left the Baltimore waterfront, McCormick and Co. plans to open a store this summer at the Inner Harbor that will sell spices as well as an updated image of the homegrown company.

4:30 PM EST, December 10, 2011

Assisted-living rental community opening in Edgewater

Starting this month, senior citizens who need help with daily activities have a new living option in Anne Arundel County.

1750s-era Howard Lodge nominated for U.S. historic register

12:04 PM EST, November 19, 2011

1750s-era Howard Lodge nominated for U.S. historic register

A private residence near Sykesville that predates the Revolutionary War is the latest structure in Howard County to be recommended for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

5:44 PM EDT, October 27, 2011

Home Builders Association moving headquarters to Howard

The Home Builders Association of Maryland is moving from its Woodlawn home to a new headquarters in Howard County.

Fort McHenry gearing up for a banner 2012

4:09 PM EST, January 1, 2012

Fort McHenry gearing up for a banner 2012

Ever since Tina Cappetta Orcutt and her family moved to Maryland last summer, she says, her 9-year-old son Adam has been paying close attention to Maryland license plates, especially the commemorative tags that tout the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Santa's sleigh meets jet in couple's Christmas display in St. Michaels

7:58 PM EST, December 23, 2011

Santa's sleigh meets jet in couple's Christmas display in St. Michaels

Santa didn't get run over by his reindeer, but he appears to have had a dust-up with an F-104 jet, in an elaborate Christmas display on Tom and Alice Blair's farm in St. Michaels.

Full-scale model of Webb Telescope coming to Inner Harbor

5:40 PM EDT, October 9, 2011

Full-scale model of Webb Telescope coming to Inner Harbor

When science center directors from around the country gather in Baltimore this month for their annual conference, they'll be able to see one of the largest scientific instruments ever made: a full-scale mock-up of the James Webb Space Telescope.

November 7, 2011

Howard Hughes Corp. names partners for Columbia development

The Howard Hughes Corp. moved closer this month to firming up plans for an 817-unit residential development in Columbia's town center by naming two partners who well help carry out the project.

Sailing center in Annapolis to induct first honorees on Oct. 23

5:55 PM EDT, October 13, 2011

Sailing center in Annapolis to induct first honorees on Oct. 23

A media mogul, a surfboard industry pioneer, a coach of disabled athletes and the first man to sail solo around the world are among the inaugural inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, a Maryland institution working to build a permanent home on the Annapolis waterfront.

Columbia's Historic Oakland manor house turns 200

September 23, 2011

Columbia's Historic Oakland manor house turns 200

Whether to development or disaster, Howard County has lost many of its impressive early farmhouses and manors.

10:34 PM EST, November 6, 2011

Residential development plans advance in Columbia

The Howard Hughes Corp. moved closer this month to firming up plans for an 817-unit residential development in Columbia's town center by naming two partners who will help carry out the project.

5:54 PM EST, November 15, 2011

Harford to use land gift for arts center, park

A large wooded parcel along the bustling Route 24 corridor in Abingdon will become a regional arts center with theaters, galleries, classrooms and community meeting space under a proposal for how to use property unexpectedly left to Harford County by a widow who lived in New Jersey.

7:47 PM EDT, September 19, 2011

Inspector general reports more investigations, savings

Investigations into charges of fraud, waste and unethical behavior saved Baltimore nearly $1.6 million over the last year, the city's inspector general said in a report issued Monday.

8:23 PM EDT, October 19, 2011

817-unit housing development planned for Columbia

In its first major project planned for downtown Columbia since emerging from bankruptcy last November, the town's master developer has proposed building up to 817 residences and 70,000 square feet of retail space.

Group plans to build Howard Co.'s first public observatory

4:53 PM EDT, September 29, 2011

Group plans to build Howard Co.'s first public observatory

After years of planning, a local astronomy group is moving closer toward building the first publicly accessible observatory in Howard County.

Evacuation of Port Deposit partially lifted

11:21 PM EDT, September 11, 2011

Evacuation of Port Deposit partially lifted

Four days after Port Deposit was evacuated because of a flooding Susquehanna River, public officials on Sunday began letting some residents move back into their homes but delayed the return for others whose properties suffered the most damage.

Columbia's nature center is a front door to suburban landscape

7:26 PM EDT, September 15, 2011

Columbia's nature center is a front door to suburban landscape

Where do bats live? What do spiders eat? How old is the forest?

Howard County gets a more welcoming Welcome Center

1:24 PM EDT, October 30, 2011

Howard County gets a more welcoming Welcome Center

For years the Howard County Welcome Center operated from a small and rather unwelcoming space on the basement level of Ellicott City's old Post Office on Main Street. A fallout shelter sign by the entrance set a less-than-inviting tone.

Resorts eager to draw holiday travelers, but survey finds fewer of them

6:41 PM EDT, September 2, 2011

Resorts eager to draw holiday travelers, but survey finds fewer of them

Judging by the questions prospective guests ask when they call her beachfront hotel, some people seem to think that Ocean City got washed away by Hurricane Irene, says longtime employee Carol Dickel.

8:05 PM EDT, September 9, 2011

Former Howard County farm envisioned for children's garden

Former farmland near the heart of Columbia would become a children's garden and "early childhood education nature center" if a citizens group is successful in persuading Howard County officials to carry out the project.

Cordish asking city for $3 million rent break to improve Power Plant

8:30 PM EDT, June 23, 2011

Cordish asking city for $3 million rent break to improve Power Plant

The Cordish Cos. is seeking $3 million worth of rent breaks on two city-owned properties near the Pier 4 Power Plant complex in exchange for making $6 million to $9 million worth of improvements to help keep existing tenants and attract new ones — possibly including a branch of Maryland-based Phillips Seafood restaurants.

Anne Arundel County's memorial to the victims of 9-11

7:27 PM EDT, September 1, 2011

Anne Arundel County's memorial to the victims of 9-11

For decades, the steel beams were part of New York's World Trade Center, the twin towers destroyed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

2:53 PM EDT, June 22, 2011

City seeks developer for Pigtown/Washington Village properties

Baltimore City is seeking a developer for two city-owned properties in the Pigtown/Washington Village urban renewal area. The properties are a former fire station and a former public bathhouse.

4:38 PM EDT, July 20, 2011

Baltimore firm to provide lumber for Ocean City boardwalk

A Baltimore-based company has been selected to help Ocean City rebuild its deteriorating boardwalk starting this fall. Ocean City's town council voted this week to accept a bid from the Louis J. Grasmick Lumber Co. of Baltimore to provide the yellow pine wood needed for the work. Grasmick submitted the low bid of $602,650 for 56,040 pieces of lumber, and it was accepted over proposals from more than a dozen other companies.

New Howard library branch in Ellicott City nearing completion

8:23 AM EDT, October 12, 2011

New Howard library branch in Ellicott City nearing completion

When it opened in 1962, the Charles E. Miller branch was the flagship of Howard County's library system — the first and only permanent branch in the county

2:56 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

Free smoke alarms for Baltimore residents who call 311

Baltimore City residents can now call 311 to request free smoke alarms for their homes, under a new federally funded initiative to help prevent fire-related deaths and destruction.

African Art Museum of Maryland moves to new home

5:23 PM EDT, August 25, 2011

African Art Museum of Maryland moves to new home

The walls are freshly painted.

1:40 PM EDT, June 22, 2011

Lexington Square developers request more time to solidify plans

For the second time in six months, developers of the $150 million Lexington Square project planned for downtown Baltimore's west side have asked for more time to solidify their plans for the endeavor. The group's exclusive negotiating period to buy city-owned land bounded roughly by Lexington, Howard and Fayette streets and Park Avenue will expire on June 30 if it is not extended.

More than 2,000 Ocean City evacuees arrive in Baltimore area

7:08 PM EDT, August 26, 2011

More than 2,000 Ocean City evacuees arrive in Baltimore area

More than 2,000 Ocean City evacuees have arrived in the Baltimore area for temporary housing during Hurricane Irene, as part of the state's preparations for the storm.

7:20 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Retail and office complex planned for Charles Street

A parking lot at Charles and Eager streets in midtown Baltimore is being considered for redevelopment as a $3 million retail and office complex.

3:33 PM EDT, July 22, 2011

BGE limits power usage at some homes, notes scattered outages

With area temperatures breaking the 100-degree mark, the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. Friday activated a power management program to reduce the amount of electricity some residential customers use.

4:32 PM EDT, June 21, 2011

Developer sought for parcel north of Penn Station

Three public groups are looking for a private-sector partner interested in building a transit-oriented development on a triangular parking lot just north of Penn Station.

Artists create visual diary of life at sea

July 16, 2011

Artists create visual diary of life at sea

Christine O'Neill is petrified by sharks. But when she came across a school of them recently, hungry for food, she knew what she had to do.

Carl Verstandig's shopping center empire

3:40 PM EST, December 3, 2010

Carl Verstandig's shopping center empire

At a time when many real estate companies are having trouble getting loans for expansion, Pikesville-based America's Realty is growing steadily. Headed by chief executive Carl Verstandig, it now controls 164 commercial developments in 13 states — a total of 21 million square feet of space housing 15,000 retailers.

7:52 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Basketball star to raise funds for Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Retired basketball star Chris Webber will help the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum raise funds for a $75 million replacement facility scheduled to open on Baltimore's North Avenue corridor in 2015.

Everyman Theatre begins work on new home on west side

7:10 PM EDT, June 7, 2011

Everyman Theatre begins work on new home on west side

One hundred years ago this summer, the Empire Theater opened as one of the premier vaudeville houses on downtown Baltimore's west side.

8:57 PM EDT, June 14, 2011

Stadium authority approves study of convention center/arena

The Maryland Stadium Authority agreed Tuesday to study the feasibility of building a new downtown arena and expanding the Baltimore Convention Center — but directors want the city of Baltimore to help pay part of the study's $150,000 cost.

8:00 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Baltimore firm leading contender to help rebuild Ocean City's boardwalk

A Baltimore-based company is one of the leading contenders to help Ocean City rebuild its famous but deteriorating boardwalk.

11:09 AM EDT, May 25, 2011

Business leaders propose walking bridge, light shows, waterfront park for Inner Harbor

While the city reviews proposals to invigorate the Inner Harbor, the Greater Baltimore Committee unveiled a vision of its own, highlighted by a pedestrian bridge that would link the north and south shores, allowing visitors for the first time to walk a complete circle around the downtown waterfront.

1:34 PM EDT, June 17, 2011

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore to open Nov. 1

The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore has set Nov. 1 as its opening date and has begun building a staff to get ready for it.

Hilton Baltimore bookings, revenue on the rise

7:40 PM EDT, June 20, 2011

Hilton Baltimore bookings, revenue on the rise

The city-owned Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel performed better in its second full year of operation than in its first, but officials warned that the slow economic recovery means several more years could pass before it turns a profit.

6:46 PM EDT, June 16, 2011

Planning panel supports Key Highway rezoning effort

A six-year effort by city officials and others to rezone certain industrial properties along the South Baltimore waterfront to permit more mixed-use development was endorsed Thursday by Baltimore's Planning Commission, which approved two City Council bills drafted to bring about the changes.

Baltimore architectural firm in demand for overseas projects

January 30, 2011

Baltimore architectural firm in demand for overseas projects

While many architectural and planning firms have seen a drop-off in design work as a result of the recession and the slow recovery, one Baltimore-based company has remained busy by finding work in other countries.

7:05 PM EDT, June 2, 2011

Governor, mayor ask for Convention Center study

Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have asked the Maryland Stadium Authority to pay for a feasibility study of the $900 million proposal to expand Baltimore's Convention Center and build a privately funded, 18,500-seat arena next to it.

After spectacular fall, Struever reappears on the radar

6:57 PM EST, January 15, 2011

After spectacular fall, Struever reappears on the radar

Two years after C. William Struever's real estate empire collapsed and the once-ubiquitous developer dropped off Baltimore's radar, the urban visionary has reappeared as a managing director of a new company, working on the same kinds of projects that helped make his name.

Proposed downtown arena gets private financing commitment

8:40 PM EDT, May 25, 2011

Proposed downtown arena gets private financing commitment

Construction magnate Willard Hackerman has offered to finance and build an 18,500-seat arena in downtown Baltimore, civic leaders say, freeing taxpayers from having to foot the bill and significantly increasing the chances that plans for a $900 million convention center expansion and arena will become a reality.

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