City to decide on hotel plan near Hopkins hospital

THE BALTIMORE SUN

City housing officials were to decide today on plans for a new hotel in East Baltimore, which could include the demolition of a 22-story high-rise and construction of a building near the Johns Hopkins University medical campus.

Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III said during his monthly news conference Friday that city officials have been meeting with residents, Hopkins officials and prospective developers, and expect to decide today whether to demolish the former public housing building, now empty, or renovate it for the new hotel.

MetroVentures/USA of Columbia and Choice Hotels International of Silver Spring recently proposed construction of a $17 million, 156-room Comfort Suites hotel at Broadway and Fayette Street. Under that plan, the existing building would be renovated.

But Henson said some residents and an urban design consultant have suggested demolishing the building because the high-rise is so obtrusive.

Henson said the city is looking at the cost of each plan as it decides which proposal to pursue.

The high-rise sits on 8 acres bounded by Broadway and Fayette, Wolfe and Orleans streets. The city is seeking to redevelop the entire site with federal Hope VI money.

Officials want to decide today on which plan to pursue so they can draft and submit their proposal for the federal money by the deadline at the end of May.

Pub Date: 3/29/99

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