Azola to help Ilex focus on historic buildings


Baltimore developer and remodeler Martin P. Azola has joined Ilex Construction and Development Inc. as a vice president.

Mr. Azola, 44, a nationally recognized expert in adapting historic buildings for commercial and residential uses, will be responsible for expanding Ilex's activities in those areas.

He joined Ilex less than six months after he was forced to file for NTC protection from creditors under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. At the time, he said that he was adversely affected not only by the recession but also by changing federal tax laws that discourage private investment in historic restoration and adaptive reuse.

Mr. Azola's previous firm, Azola Commercial Construction Co., developed such projects as the Federal Park Condominiums on Warren Avenue; the conversion to offices of the Hotel Junker at 22 E. Fayette St.; the building at 209 E. Fayette St. that now houses Catholic Relief Services; the conversion to offices of the former St. Paul's Church parish building on Cathedral Street; and the conversion of Rockland Grist Mill and surrounding buildings in Brooklandville.

He was named the "Remodeler of the Year" in 1990 by the Remodeler's Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland.

Ilex, which was founded in 1986, has specialized in custom residential construction and has a staff of about 70. One of its projects received the 1991 Custom Home of the Year Award from the National Association of Home Builders and Custom Builder magazine.


Around the region:

* Oak Investment Co. and dignitaries from Hampstead and Carroll County are scheduled to break ground today at 10 a.m. for Oakmont Green, a 295-acre residential community with a golf course. Oakmont Green will have 88 lots ranging from 3/4 to 2 1/2 acres and an 18-hole golf course. The site is in the 2300 block of Hanover Road (Route 30) in Hampstead. O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors is the sales agent.

* Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will attend groundbreaking ceremonies tomorrow for a 100,000-square-foot distribution center for Fila Footwear U.S.A. at the Fort Holabird Industrial Park.

* After sitting dormant for several years, Christ Episcopal Church at St. Paul and Chase streets in Mount Vernon has been sold to another church group and will reopen Oct. 20 as the New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral, according to a banner posted at the church's entrance.

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