Demolition to Begin at City Correctional Complex (BBJ Story)
The Maryland Board of Public Works voted 3-0 Wednesday to move forward with a $27.5 million demolition of 39 structures at the Baltimore City Correctional Complex located east of the Jones Falls Expressway.
Buildings to be razed include the Baltimore City Detention Center that has sat vacant since being closed by Gov. Larry Hogan in 2015, as well as some that were part of the Metropolitan Transition Center, formerly known as the Maryland Penitentiary. Hogan sits on the three-person Board of Public Works along with Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.
Under an agreement between the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Maryland Historical Trust, certain historical structures will not be demolished.
State officials removed the castle building and warden's house on East Madison Street from demolition plans. The Maryland Penitentiary's administration tower and the O'Brien House, located at the corner of East Eager and Forest streets, will also be preserved.