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MICA planning $8.1 million expansion in Bolton Hill

Baltimore Brew
November 12, 2015

UPDATE: Demolition Can Proceed

The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation this afternoon paved the way for MICA’s Dolphin Building to be demolished by voting that the structure is no longer a “contributing building” to the Bolton Hill Historic District.

CHAP’s staff had recommended that the panel vote that the three-story building at 100-116 Dolphin Street still contributes to the historic district. After listening to testimony from the college and its architect, the panel voted 4 to 3 against the staff recommendation, with one member abstaining.

The vote means that CHAP will not object to the housing department issuing a demolition permit for the Dolphin Street building, but it will review the proposed five-story replacement building, whose design has not yet been released by the college.

Seeking to accommodate a growing student body and new programs, the Maryland Institute College of Art is planning to construct an $8.1 million classroom building in place of a smaller property it owns at 100-116 Dolphin Street, part of the Bolton Hill National Register Historic District.

College representatives and architects are scheduled to meet later today with the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) to request approval to raze the existing structure, a former auto repair shop known as the Dolphin Radiator and Fender Works, to make way for the proposed replacement.

If approved, the proposed building would be the first new construction project on MICA’s Bolton Hill campus since Samuel Hoi replaced longtime college president Fred Lazarus IV on July 1, 2014.