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$20 million shiplift to be finished by 1997 at Coast Guard Yard

The Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay will be getting a new $20 million shiplift that will enable the facility to replace two outdated dry docks, state and federal officials announced yesterday.

The shiplift, which will be in place by late summer 1997, will allow easier repair of large vessels and help lower maintenance costs at the facility, said U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who has assisted in getting the funds for the project.

A shiplift is an elevator platform for lifting a ship. It is a modern substitute for dry docks.

New funeral home planned for empowerment zone

Ground was broken yesterday for a new branch of the Joseph H. Brown Jr. Funeral Home in the empowerment zone in West Baltimore.

The funeral parlor at 2140 Fulton Ave. in the Penn-North neighborhood should be open by early spring and employ about a dozen people, said Joseph H. Brown III, a licensed mortician in the family-owned business in the 1900 block of W. Baltimore St.

Because it is in an empowerment zone, the new funeral home will be able to take advantage of federal and state tax credits. "That was definitely an influence" in the decision, Mr. Brown said.

County seeks public input on development at Cromwell

TOWSON -- A public hearing will be held tonight to discuss the development of the 367-acre Cromwell Valley Park.

The hearing, conducted by the Department of Recreation and Parks, will be held at Loch Raven High School, at Cromwell Bridge Road and Cowpens Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. The county, which acquired the final parcel of the park in September 1994, is having a master plan prepared for the land and is seeking public input.

The county is holding fall harvest days Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park.

Schaefer will speak on 'creative retirement'


CATONSVILLE -- Former Gov. William Donald Schaefer will speak on "creative retirement" in a program sponsored by the county Department of Aging beginning at 7 p.m. today at Catonsville Community College.

The program is free. Information: (410) 887-2059.

Zoning hearing tomorrow for proposed tattoo parlor


TOWSON -- A zoning hearing on a proposed tattoo parlor is scheduled at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Room 118 of the old county courthouse on Washington Avenue.

Vincent Myers, owner of Little Vinnie's Tattoos in Westminster, is seeking a special zoning exception to open a tattoo parlor and body piercing shop on the second floor of 416 York Road.

Marketplace zoning hearing continues tomorrow


TOWSON -- The Towson Marketplace zoning hearing will continue at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Room 106 of the county office building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave.

Three days of testimony were heard last week by Timothy M. Kotroco, deputy zoning commissioner, on the proposed redevelopment of the 43.1-acre site at Joppa Road and Goucher Boulevard.

Developer James A. Schlesinger is seeking a special zoning exception for a 3,500-seat, 16-theater complex and a parking variance.

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