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Baltimore Selling Senator Theatre to Cusacks

James "Buzz" Cusack and his daughter and business partner Kathleen Cusack are currently leasing the historic building.

There’s a new plot twist in the melodrama of the historic Senator Theatre.

The theater will be sold to its current operators, James "Buzz" Cusack and his daughter and business partner Kathleen Cusack, according to Joanne Logan, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Development Corp.

The Baltimore Business Journal first reported the quasi-governmental agency Baltimore Development Corp. is in the process of putting the deal together to be presented to the Board of Estimates. The development corporation contracts with the city to provide "economic development services," according to its website.

Logan confirmed to Patch via email that the corporation plans to take the transaction to the Board of Estimates by the end of September.

The city bought the theater in 2010 to prevent the building from being foreclosed on after former owner Tom Kiefaber fell behind on mortgage payments.

The city initially tried to sell the property, but said at the time it couldn’t find an offer it felt comfortable with, and eventually leased the building to the Cusacks.

The Cusacks, who also own The Charles Theater, are in the process of rehabbing the Senator, which has been closed since April, for an estimated $3 million.

The project has already received a state of $300,000, another $300,000 in , and a from the city for capital improvements.

Earlier this month, outside the theater on trespassing charges. Kiefaber, and the group Friends of the Senator, have been critical of the condition of the theater and the planned renovations.

Kiefaber also made headlines last year for during a Baltimore City Council meeting, being from the theater and then running unsuccessfully for

He has argued the city purposefully thwarted his attempts to turn the building over to a nonprofit to be run as a mixed-use entertainment venue so the city could turn it over to politically connected developers.

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Smiley August 23, 2012 at 07:24 PM
This is wonderful news.
Earl Dlite August 23, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Word is that Caribou Coffee is teaming with Hip Hop Chicken & Ribs to put a coffee bar / chicken shack across the street.
JA August 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. Loks like 'Krazy Kiefaber' was right about the City's interest in the Senator. @Earl Dlite That would be awesome!
Balt Observer August 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Dark days if you're a Kiefibber nutter. Great day if you're a true Senator fan.
AnnKangarouse August 25, 2012 at 02:37 PM
"The city initially tried to sell the property, but said at the time it couldn’t find an offer it felt comfortable with"--NOT TRUE. "The Cusacks, who also own The Charles Theater, are in the process of rehabbing the Senator, which has been closed since April, for an estimated $3 million." - NOT TRUE "Kiefaber also made headlines last year for storming the dais during a Baltimore City Council meeting, and then running unsuccessfully for city council president.-NOT TRUE "He has argued the city purposefully thwarted his attempts to turn the building over to a nonprofit to be run as a mixed-use entertainment venue so the city could turn it over to politically connected developers."- TRUE TRUE TRUE "The project has already received a state Community Legacy grant of $300,000, another $300,000 in historic tax credits, and a $700,000 loan from the city for capital improvements."- And the rest of the free money??????
AnnKangarouse August 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Adam, please disclose what the sale price is going to be at the upcoming Board of Estimates meeting as well as confirming that the sale price is based ion the CURRENT conditions of the theatre. Thanks!
Balt Observer September 01, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Well, the Kiefibber's stooge is back, but no sign of the Kiefibber himself, aside from posting doctored pictures. I guess he's lost his bat and balls.
AnnKangarouse September 04, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Adam, please disclose what the sale price is going to be at the upcoming Board of Estimates meeting as well as confirming that the sale price is based ion the CURRENT conditions of the theatre. Thanks! No word yet Adam? We're already into September.
Adam Bednar (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I made my last inquiry on Aug. 30 to Joann Logan at the BDC and this is what she wrote to me: "I have no new information. I have said all I can say at this point. Will let you know when there is more to report."
AnnKangarouse September 05, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Thanks for checking Adam! Interesting to me that they don't even know what they're selling the theatre for. Also, the money is supposed to go through the BOE's agenda in September, and we're into September at this point. Anyway, Thanks again for checking.
AnnKangarouse September 05, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Public Relations probably wouldn't have that info., but their director of sales, would /should know by now...
AnnKangarouse September 10, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Any response back yet? There's a BOE meeting this Wednesday.... How early do they post their agenda for the current week?
AnnKangarouse September 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Anything yet? Even the BBJ hasn't been able to respond to what should be simple public information. Interesting...
Adam Bednar (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 03:22 PM
This week's Board of Estimates agenda hasn't been posted yet. I've emailed and asked if they still plan to present a plan to the board this month. If I hear anything back I will post an article ASAP.
AnnKangarouse September 24, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Thanks!!

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