Merchants seek 3 west-side sites
Three Baltimore merchants have proposed redeveloping three vacant properties at West Lexington and North Liberty streets in the city's west-side revitalization area into shops and apartments. The board of Baltimore Development Corp. reviewed the proposal yesterday from Nam Koo, Seon Koo and Linn Koo, who had run New York Fashions on the north side of West Lexington Street before agreeing to sell that property to the city for $3.75 million to make way for a large, mixed-use development. The Koos' proposal for 124 N. Liberty St., 101 W. Lexington St. and 103 W. Lexington St. calls for more than 2,000 square feet of shops and six upper-floor apartments.
Andrea K. Walker
BACVA names convention sales VP
The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association announced yesterday that Amy Calvert will be its new vice president of convention sales and services. Calvert - who spent the past nine years with the InterContinental Hotels Group in Washington, most recently as director of groups and incentive sales, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region - will oversee BACVA's sales and service team, as well as the convention services department. Calvert will assume her new duties March 23.
Rocky Mountain News shuts doors
DENVER : The Rocky Mountain News, Colorado's oldest newspaper and a Denver fixture since 1859, will publish its last edition today. Owner E.W. Scripps Co. said yesterday that the newspaper lost $16 million last year and the company was unable to find a buyer. Financial problems are widespread in the newspaper industry as the economy has deteriorated, ad revenue has tumbled, readers have gravitated toward the Internet and advertisers have followed them.