Developers bid for 5 city properties Nine groups offer diverse projects


Nine development teams have submitted a total of 15 proposals for developing five city-owned parcels near the northeast corner of North Avenue and Howard Street.

Plans range from a large business and cultural center for Korean-Americans to artists' housing, a restaurant complex, car repair facilities and an expansion of the Baltimore Design Resource Center.

The five parcels are: a 52,000-square-foot site at the southeast corner of 21st and Howard streets; a surplus city firehouse at 105 W. 21st Street; a row of eight town houses at 2018-2032 Maryland Ave.; a square parcel at 2000 to 2016 Maryland Ave.; and the vacant Royalton building at the northwest corner of Maryland and North avenues.

Bill Toohey, a housing department spokesman, said a public meeting will be held in the community in early next month before final decisions are made.

The bidders were:

* A group of Korean business operators called the Triple C Real Estate Development Corp., headed by Ki Duck Han and Heesok Kim, owners of Triple C Wholesalers Inc. They proposed buying the 52,000-square-foot lot, the fire station and the Maryland Avenue town houses and spending more than $4.3 million to create the Triple C Retail and Office Plaza, which would serve as an anchor to the 44 Korean business operators in the area.

It would contain the Triple C Cash and Carry, a 26,300-square-foot discount retailing operation run by the owners of Triple C Wholesalers Inc.; an 8,800-square-foot international food store on the large lot; and new offices for Korean Social Services of Metropolitan Baltimore in the fire station. The eight town houses on Maryland Avenue would be rehabilitated to house offices for Koreanbusinesses and a new location for the Korean School, where children of Korean descent can go on evenings and weekends to learn the Korean language and cultural traditions.

* A subsidiary of Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse and the Housing Assistance Corp. They proposed to convert the Royalton building and a former bank branch on North Avenue to 29 apartments and two offices.

* Hastings Square Limited Partnership, a group headed by J. Thomas Dowling and Leslie Rock. They proposed buying the Maryland Avenue town houses and spending $1.47 million to create a 26-unit apartment complex.

* Charles Dankmeyer, owner of the Dankmeyer Orthotics and Prosthetics Center at 2010 Maryland Avenue. He was the sole bidder for the property at 2000 to 2016 Maryland Ave. and proposed spending $2.5 million to build a larger facility for his business. He would tear down his current building to provide parking.

* Station No. 18 Associates, headed by Mr. Dowling. He proposed recycling the fire station as loft-type office space.

* The Baltimore Design Resource Center. It proposed acquiring the 52,000-square-foot lot, the fire station and the Maryland Avenue row houses to expand its parking and provide additional office space for architects, designers and other companies.

* The Baltimore Corporation for Housing Partnerships. It would spend $1 million to convert the Royalton building to 12 units of affordable housing.

* Artists Paul Daniel, Linda DePalma and Ellen Burchenal. They proposed recycling the fire station as artists' studios for themselves.

* Mark Eisenberg of Baltimore Car and Truck Rental Inc. He proposed buying the 52,000-square-foot lot to expand his business and provide truck repair and truck leasing; converting the firehouse to an artisans' market; and converting the Maryland Avenue town houses to a "mini-SoHo" or Greenwich Village-type complex with ethnic restaurants, offices and artists' lofts.

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