Baltimore's law department to leave City Hall for renovated offices

Fed up with rodents and flooding, about half of the members of Baltimore's law department are leaving their ground-level offices at City Hall for a renovated facility in downtown Baltimore.

The $306,000 cost of the renovations was approved Wednesday by the city's Board of Estimates. About 50 law department employees will move from City Hall to two floors on city-owned property at 7 E. Redwood St.

"It became an environmental challenge," said City Solicitor George Nilson of the ground-level offices. "It wasn't ever going to get habitable ... It's an old building. There are infestation problems and water backups."

Nilson said he will still work out of the first-floor of City Hall.

In a related move, the board also approved a $210,000 renovation of a different floor of the Redwood building for the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.

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