$40,000 claim by owner of building in historic district is thrown out; Hollander may refile suit over Annapolis structure that burned in Dec. 1997


An Anne Arundel County judge this week threw out a $40,000 claim against Annapolis and the Historic Annapolis Foundation by the owner of a burned building in the city's historic district.

The ruling does not stop Ronald B. Hollander from filing his claim in a new lawsuit, however.

184-186 Main St.

Hollander owns 184-186 Main St., a building reduced to rubble and a facade in a December 1997 blaze. The Historic Annapolis Foundation sought an injunction to bar Hollander from razing the facade, and that touched off an argument that shows no sign of ending.

Circuit Judge James C. Cawood Jr. ruled that Hollander's claim for damages could not be part of the injunction case.

"He will have to file suit; that is probably the next step," said Daniel J. Mellin, Hollander's lawyer.

Though he could not rip down the facade, Hollander refused to obey city orders to shore it up. The city paid for the work. The facade and the jungle-gym structure holding it up were torn down after a summer storm badly damaged the facade.

City billed the owner

The city billed Hollander, who sued for the money.

Paul G. Goetzke, city attorney, said he was glad the claim was dismissed and hopes Hollander will pay the bill -- which Mellin said is unlikely.

Hollander, meanwhile, wants to put up a new building on the site, but plans for it are not complete.

Pub Date: 2/25/99

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