When the Living Classrooms Foundation’s 75-foot “learning tower” sprouted on the Southeast Baltimore waterfront in the 1990s, it had a clear view of downtown skyscrapers, distant city neighborhoods and even the Key Bridge.These days, the condominiums and offices of Harbor East, and the Exelon Corp. tower nearing completion at Harbor Point are all you can see from most angles.What is left of its unobstructed vistas soon will look a lot different, too — the long-planned and long-fought extension of Central Avenue across Living Classrooms’ marina into Harbor Point will begin to materialize this year, along with a new apartment building in the project between Fells Point and Harbor East. The bridge will eat up a third of the maritime-oriented nonprofit’s boat slips and choke its connection to the harbor.But the organization that helps 2,000 children and adults across Southeast Baltimore is making the best of it, CEO James Piper Bond said. The 30-year-old nonprofit, supported by Baltimore’s biggest foundations and business players, offers education and job training using boats, playing fields and community centers as its “living classrooms.”A new building for the city charter middle school that Living Classrooms operates on what it calls its East Harbor campus is expected… Read full this story
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