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Site cleared for Morgan State’s business school

The former Hechinger’s and Burlington Coat Factory stores at the corner of Hillen Road and Argonne Drive in northeast Baltimore are now history.

The site today is cleared — and ready for development to begin on a $72 million business school at Morgan State University. The 138,000-square-foot school will be named after Earl G. Graves, a Morgan alum.

Left standing is the rest of the Northwood Plaza Shopping Center, originally built in the 1930s.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2012.

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If you care to comment on the city’s efforts to rewrite the zoning code and haven’t yet found the time, here’s some good news.

City planners have extended the deadline to render remarks to Jan. 6. After that, final revisions and new maps will be drawn up for presentation to the City Council. Public hearings will be held after that as well.

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Towson University’s West Village Commons, an 85,418-square-foot multi-purpose building, recently received LEED Gold certification — the first building on Towson’s campus to do so. This means that the operation of the Commons is able to reduce energy by 24 to 50 percent, water use by up to 40 percent and solid waste by up to 70 percent.

“Building improvements such as the roof garden, the organics composting system, the single stream recycling containers, the convenient bike parking at entrances, the mass transit shuttle stop, the motion censored lighting systems, or the Energy Star kitchen equipment are just some of the visible examples of how this building promotes and achieves greater resource use efficiency,” said Jack Nye, director of sustainability at Towson, in a statement.

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Owners of Control Roofing & Sheet Metal have purchased a 6,500-square-foot building at 5200 Raynor Ave. in Linthicum for just over $1 million.

Officials at NAI KLNB brokered the deal. The seller was Re-Bath of Maryland.

Control Roofing & Sheet Metal focuses on roof installations, exterior renovations and installations for public facilities such as schools and hospitals. The building is located on a 1.3-acre lot.

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Martin, Katie, Grace, Tara, William and Jack O’Malley are hosting a holiday open house Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Government House in Annapolis. Light refreshments will be served by Maryland’s first family — and there will be shuttle bus service to the mansion, located next to the State House, from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Party goers are asked to bring a photo ID for entry to Government House – and, if you so desire, an unwrapped toy for  the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.

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TIDBITS: Tuesday at 10 a.m., Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will attend a groundbreaking in Fells Point for Union Wharf, a mixed-use development by the Bozzuto Group on the waterfront that will offer 281 apartments and 4,500 square feet of retail. … The Hatcher Group, communications experts for national and local nonprofits, has leased 1,100 square feet of office space in Annapolis at 221 Duke of Gloucester St.