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State Board of Public Works OKs plans for Unitas statue

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The state Board of Public Works signed off on plans yesterday to erect a bronze statue of former Colts great Johnny Unitas near PSINet Stadium at Camden Yards.

Lutherville sculptor Frederick Kail says he hopes to raise $250,000 through private donations for the project. With its base, the statue would stand 19 feet tall. It is expected to be ready for the 2002 football season.

The Board of Public Works gave its approval for the Maryland Stadium Authority to accept the statue as a gift.

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who is a member of the board, chided Gov. Parris N. Glendening's administration for not chipping in state money for the project.

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