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City BOE to consider lease allowing BPD academy to move into Univ. of Baltimore

Posted at 2:28 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 14:37:53-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — On Wednesday morning, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates is expected to approve a lease for the Baltimore Police Department to move its training academy over to the University of Baltimore.

The lease would cost nearly $8 million over five years, for around 94,169 square feet of combined property at two University of Baltimore locations including at 1415 Maryland Avenue and 1420 N. Charles Street.

According to the lease agreement, the rent will increase by two percent each year.

As part of the agreement, the University of Baltimore will provide heat, air, electricity, plumbing, WiFi, janitorial services, and phone access.

The Board will also be asked to approve over $235,000.00 for a parking agreement that will give the Baltimore Police Academy 180 transient spaces and 80 reserved on campus parking passes at a discounted rate through a validation system.

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Both agreements were pre-approved by the Space Utilization Committee on September 10.

Last Friday, Governor Larry Hogan announced the University System of Maryland will provide up to $2.4 million in funding to assist in the move.

Since 2008, the academy has been based out of the old Pimlico Middle School at 3500 W. Northern Parkway, where the fire department also has its academy.

It's not yet known when the official move will occur and it's unclear if the fire academy will continue to operate at the same location.