SENATOR Theatre RFP: Baltimore Heritage, Inc. Echoes Call for Experts in Letter to Mayor Rawlings-Blake

Adam Meister has broken news that a letter signed by Baltimore Heritage‘s Executive Director, Johns Hopkins, has been sent to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

In the letter, dated March 11, 2010, Mr. Hopkins states:

The Senator Theatre is a recent example of where the lack of preservation perspective is ham-stringing the BDC. Letters to you from the Theatre Historical Society of America and the Friends of The Senator Theatre request that the city add someone with experience in redeveloping historic theatres to the review panel that will decide on the competing proposals. We support these requests and concur that someone with preservation and historic theatre experience is a necessary component to review proposals for this historic landmark.

It further explains that previous BDC projects such as the West Side “Superblock” development has suffered from a similar lack of expertise:

The Superblock is another ongoing example of where the BDC would benefit from having a board member with historic preservation experience. For too long this critical area downtown has languished as proposals have ignored the preservation requirements for the site and its redevelopment potential based on preserving the historic buildings.

We encourage everyone interested to read the entire letter (PDF format), click the following link:

We also encourage everyone to join the growing call on City Hall to ensure that the decision regarding our internationally recognized historic landmark is properly evaluated by (appropriate experts) and transparent one.
Add your voice by contacting the Office of The Mayor yourself!

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor
City Hall, Room 250
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone (410) 396-3835
Fax (410) 576-9425
Email the Mayor
use our ready-made form letter!


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