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Old March 5th, 2007, 11:14 PM   #1621
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Everyman Theatre taps design team for new $11M stage home

Baltimore Business Journal - 2:35 PM EST Monday, March 5, 2007

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Everyman Theatre has hired Baltimore architect Cho Benn Holback + Associates Inc. to design its new home on the west side.

The theater, which has outgrown its midtown space, announced last year that it will move to 315 W. Fayette St. in 2009, the site of the historic Town Theatre.

The theater will spend $11.5 million to renovate the empty former vaudeville space. The space was donated to Everyman by the Banc of America and The Harold A. Dawson Trust.

Cho Benn has worked on behalf of other arts organizations, including the Patterson Center for the Arts, the American Visionary Art Museum, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Baltimore School for the Arts. Theater officials said they chose Cho Benn for its experience in adaptive re-use of buildings.

The architect will design a new 250-300 seat theater, rehearsal rooms, offices and classroom space. The theater is located across the street form the Hippodrome Theatre, which shows Broadway productions and opened in 2004.



Can't wait for Baltimore's mini "Theater district" to come to fruition!
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Old March 6th, 2007, 12:12 AM   #1622
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Are you sure it wasn't because he was African American, becacuse O'Malley was FAR worst of a Mayor than Schmoke ever was.
That's bull
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Old March 6th, 2007, 02:23 AM   #1623
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That's bull
It pretty much is, but I just ignore ignorance.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 03:01 AM   #1624
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Ignoring, ignoring...(you know what I mean)
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Old March 6th, 2007, 03:09 PM   #1625
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You guys must have nothing else to talk about. What a slow week.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 04:53 PM   #1626
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Yeah, really nothing happening. Hopefully it picks up soon.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #1627
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There is a big hole in the ground at the Legg site. They exposed the back wall of the sheet piling.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 06:48 PM   #1628
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There is a big hole in the ground at the Legg site. They exposed the back wall of the sheet piling.
damn, they're really moving rapidly with this Four Seasons/Legg Mason thing. let's get those cranes up!
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Old March 6th, 2007, 09:47 PM   #1629
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There is a big hole in the ground at the Legg site. They exposed the back wall of the sheet piling.
Is there earth moving equipment on the site or just a hole dug?
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Old March 6th, 2007, 11:20 PM   #1630
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Some talk earlier about the need for more incubators; at first glance, Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center (ETC) seems to be holding it's own. Interesting mix of companies throughout the city...

(Baltimore) Twenty-eight start-up technology companies located their operations at Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center (ETC) last year, the non-profit incubator said on Tuesday. The ETC said it attracted 27 companies in 2005 and 18 in 2004, and has provided its services to 123 firms since launching in 1999.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 11:31 PM   #1631
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Is there earth moving equipment on the site or just a hole dug?
You may recall an article recently that stated the Legg Mason/4 Seasons site could go ahead and dig for the garage prep work, but no actual construction until final city approval. Said site work for the garage and castings and all would take nearly 6 months. Then, when approval has been given, then after those 6 months we will actually get to see the Legg Tower rise with 4 Seasons.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 11:32 PM   #1632
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Some talk earlier about the need for more incubators; at first glance, Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center (ETC) seems to be holding it's own. Interesting mix of companies throughout the city...

(Baltimore) Twenty-eight start-up technology companies located their operations at Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center (ETC) last year, the non-profit incubator said on Tuesday. The ETC said it attracted 27 companies in 2005 and 18 in 2004, and has provided its services to 123 firms since launching in 1999.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 12:20 AM   #1633
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Univ of MD update

The univ of maryland has some more active construction (or destruction) going on. The old student center, wedged between the health sciences library and nursing school is currently being demolished. If you walk by the pratt st side there is a rendering of what it should eventually look like but I haven't seen it online to post here.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 01:32 AM   #1634
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Developments I'm curious about:

Greektown KSI team and all...

Canton Crossing Condos/apartments office building...

One Light Street..., yeah, I know.

BCCC site with it's high-rise proposal...

Anything new on 300 East Pratt Street...

The whole, "New Arena Rumor Thingy"...

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Old March 7th, 2007, 01:50 AM   #1635
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Mayor seeks inside track for city residents with work force order
Baltimore Business Journal - 3:15 PM EST Tuesday, March 6, 2007by Daniel J. SernovitzStaff

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at matching city residents with jobs created when private companies are picked for city projects.

"These companies help us make government more effective and more efficient," Dixon said during a signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon. "We also want to make sure that funding being spent by Baltimore [is] also being spent in Baltimore."


The order will require companies doing business with the city to meet with the Office of Economic Development to review their staffing needs for the work. The city agency will then conduct employment screenings, outreach, recruitment and referrals of candidates to the private companies. There is no charge to the companies as part of the process.

The businesses are not required to hire workers referred by the city, but they do need to report the number of city residents they employ and will also be subject to other city employment requirements including compliance with minority- and women-owned business regulations.

"When citizens work, the city works," Dixon said.

Dixon said the city initiated a pilot program about two years ago with the Hensel Phelps Construction Co., of Greeley, Co., which won a city contract to build a new convention center hotel in Baltimore. Steven Speer, vice president for Hensel Phelps' Mid-Atlantic region, said the employment development office and its director, Karen L. Sitnick, were helpful in screening potential candidates for his firm as well as the subcontractors working on the hotel project.

"We have found some great workers and we're excited," Speer said.

In an interview, Dixon said the order will not be used to give jobs to politically connected city residents and she noted the companies involved in the process are under no obligation to hire city residents referred to them by the employment development office.

"We want this to go to city residents," she said. "I don't think, at any time, this has been polarized to do patronage."

Sitnick, in an interview, said rather than a burden she believes the program will serve to help companies find qualified workers for their projects. She said her office conducts several rounds of meetings with city contractors to analyze their workforce needs and can screen out candidates that do not meet the job requirements set by the contractors.

"I think that finding qualified city residents is what we're saying" she said. "We're not going to send you people who don't meet the basic requirements of the job,"

The order will apply to all city contracts put out for bid after March 6.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 01:52 AM   #1636
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Legg's move to harbor gives water taxi time for dry run
Baltimore Business Journal - March 2, 2007
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Cameron Kane says the water taxi wants to expand its commuter service.
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Baltimore's well-known water taxi is trying to build a seasonal commuter service in anticipation of Legg Mason's move to Harbor East in 2009.

But creating a profitable commuter haul on top of its tourist business will take government funding, said Cameron Kane, owner of Ed Kane's Water Taxi. Kane is working with city officials to garner support for a commuter service that has attracted only a few patrons in the past. She plans to increase her fleet and expand service before Legg moves nearly 1,000 jobs to a 24-story office tower next to the harbor.

"We're getting ready for the needs of the waterfront," she said.

That's not a process that can be done overnight, Kane said. The taxi company is trying to build a transit infrastructure. To do that, Kane said she would need three more boats a year for the next three years. A midsize water taxi that seats 84 passengers costs $300,000.

With more boats and money to pay for additional captains, Kane said the water taxi would run commuter routes more frequently.

The taxi started offering a commuter boat from Canton to Tide Point three years ago. But the service only mustered four regular customers -- and one of them moved away, Kane said.

The often-empty commuter boat left Canton every morning at 8 a.m. last year. Each trip to Tide Point cost the company $300 per day for fuel, staff salaries, insurance and maintenance expenses. The handful of regular commuters paid $80 a year for a "frequent floater" pass and then paid an additional $3 per trip for their morning commutes.

The federal government allotted $180 million to subsidize water-based transit in 2007. Most of that money goes to large ferry operations like the ones in San Francisco and Seattle.

But $30 million is reserved for smaller projects, like the water taxi. The budget is expected to swell 7 percent to 10 percent next year, said transit expert Barry Goodman, president of the Goodman Corp., a Houston consulting firm.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 04:26 AM   #1637
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Is there earth moving equipment on the site or just a hole dug?
Rode by the site tonight and there is a couple pieces of heavy equipment on the site. Couldn't see the hole because it was dark outside, but it does look like they have started.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 04:32 AM   #1638
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Nothing can possibly take as long as the Ritz-Carlton foundation...when did they start that...Spring 2004!?!?!

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Old March 7th, 2007, 04:52 AM   #1639
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Nothing can possibly take as long as the Ritz-Carlton foundation...when did they start that...Spring 2004!?!?!

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Spring 2006. Been out of the ground for a long time for buildings 5 & 6.
http://www.harborluxury.com/slide_show.html

I'm looking forward to the completion of this project. So tired of noise, dirt and traffic impact.
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Right, 2 years was a long time for a basement!

6 months is nothing compared to that, but still waiting for the thing to break off into the harbor

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