The City Council voted last week to pay a consulting firm $43,200 to design an adult day care and senior citizen activities center at the old North End School.

The aging school building at 66 Ridge Road was closed in 1981 and has been a subject of controversy among city officials and residents who have argued whether to tear it down or renovate it and use it for various city-run activities. City officials decided several years ago not to tear the building down but rather convert it to a place where the city's elderly citizens can go to socialize and participate in supervised activities during the day.

The $43,200 for the project will be taken from the capital projects fund of the city's $7.4 million budget for fiscal 1988. The capital projects fund contains money set aside for major improvements and new city projects, City Clerk Goodrum Mills said.

The city has hired the architectural firm of Grimm & Parker to design the adult day care center and senior center.

A child care center is also planned for the school. Activities and operation of both the senior and child care centers would be funded by the city. No completion date for the project has been set.


Some city streets and buildings will receive major face-lifts under a $1.8 million, six-year Capital Improvement Program approved by the City Council and mayor last week.

The spending program covers work on 10 projects, including the $90,000 construction of a new entrance to the Phelps Senior Center parking lot and $30,000 in improvements to a number of roads including Park and Laurel avenues and Harrison and Nichols drives.

Improvements to Dorset Road are not included in the new spending plan and construction will be delayed until at least 1991. That project involves buying and widening a privately-owned section of the road between Brookmill swimming pool and Sandy Spring Road.

The program is funded with county and state funds and revenue from last year's city bond sale.

Also included in the program are new curbs and gutters for several city streets, new storm drains and the first phase of renovation of the Factory House, the city's oldest residence, at Ninth and Main streets.