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Financial oversight board OKs deal for Zenith tower

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The city government's financial oversight board approved a deal yesterday that clears the way for the $37 million Zenith luxury apartment tower to be built near Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Developers Brian D. Morris and Dean Harrison told the Board of Estimates that their company, Legacy Harrison, has formed a joint venture with a new partner willing to invest $35 million in the 23-story building. Their partner on the project will be Multi-Employer Property Trust, a national real estate fund with $3.7 billion in assets. The board's approval of the ownership change was required because it had granted the Zenith a 15-year tax break on property taxes last year.

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Morris said he and Harrison will have a 20 percent "ownership posture" in the building despite contributing only $2 million to the project. A MEPT representative said the trust, which invests the pension funds of 246 unions, expects a 10 percent return on its investment.

Herring Run movie series to begin tomorrow night

The Belair-Edison Community kicks off its summer Movies in the Park series at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow with a free showing of Shrek.

The open-air theater is in Herring Run Park at Belair Road and Chesterfield Avenue. All are welcome and encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic to enjoy the show.

Information: 410-485-8422.

Mount Vernon group to hear talk on architect

Friends of Mount Vernon Place will hold its annual meeting today. Baltimore writer John Dorsey will discuss John Russell Pope, the architect who in the early 20th century designed additions to the Garrett Jacobs Mansion in Mount Vernon.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Jacobs Mansion, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets, which may be bought at the door, are $10 for members of the group and $15 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served.

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Dorsey curated the current exhibit on Pope at the Baltimore Museum of Art, which recognizes the 75th anniversary of the Pope-designed museum building.

In Baltimore County

$1.9 million to protect land approved by state board

Reiterating his commitment to protect more natural areas and watershed lands, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday that the Board of Public Works has approved $3.4 million to acquire conservation easements on 908 acres, including about $1.9 million for 445 acres in Baltimore County.

The easements preserve farmland, forests, scenic areas, historic sites, wildlife habitats and corridors and watershed lands.

The grants include $375,000 to acquire easements on 61 acres on both sides of the Gunpowder River and Northern Central Trail; $650,000 for easements on 154 acres in or contiguous to the Long Green Valley National Register Historic District; $100,000 to acquire easements on 22 acres that stretch into Harford County in My Lady's Manor National Historic District and along Little Gunpowder Falls, a trout stream; and $750,000 to acquire easements on 208 acres in the Piney Run area in or near National Register Historic Districts.

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Banneker museum to open second facility

OELLA -- The Banneker Historical Park and Museum will observe its sixth anniversary Saturday with the opening of the museum's second facility, the Bannaky House.

Newly restored, the 1850s stone farmhouse is being dedicated to Molly Welsh Bannaky, Benjamin Banneker's English grandmother who came to the Colonies in 1683.

The event, which will include historical displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and a concert of 18th-century music at 2:30 p.m., will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the museum, 300 Oella Ave. at Old Frederick Road. The museum honors Banneker, the Colonial African-American scientist. Information: 410-887-1081.

Charlestown to hold first of four concerts

CATONSVILLE -- The first of four public concerts at the Charlestown Retirement Community will be at 3 p.m. Sunday with the Savoy Big Band. This concert is free, but there are nominal charges for the others.

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The other concerts will be the National Concert Band at 3 p.m. June 20; Port Right at 3 p.m. June 27; and the Baillie Players in a tribute to Maurice Chevalier at 7 p.m. July 5.

The first three concerts will be in the John Erickson Conference Center; the last will be in the auditorium. Information: 410-737-8838, Ext. 8577.


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