New Bosley Hall Showcases Azola Companies' Dual Passion for Old Buildings and Big Savings

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Tony Azola Leads Renovation and Revitalization of Historic Towson Jail

On Monday, February 7, Baltimore County officials and the Azola Companies leaders will join together at the historic Towson Jail, the prominent stone building on the hilltop corner of Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue, to release the building from years of non-use, deterioration and financial drain. Now renamed Bosley Hall, the building which is comprised of 8,500 square feet, is already two-thirds leased with five local businesses, and applicants for the remaining three suites of space are queued.

According to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, “This is precisely the kind of business partnership we are pursuing in Baltimore County. Thanks to the Azola Companies’ initiative and the County’s swift action, we celebrate this vibrant addition to the central Towson community.”

Two years ago, Martin and Tony Azola read about the old jail and the plans to preserve and “mothball” the building at a cost of $700,000. They conceived a wholly different plan offering not only sustainability and savings, but worthwhile use and contribution to County revenues. That idea and the County’s responsiveness will yield a $2 million savings to taxpayers over the next 40 years.

Tony Azola, Vice President of Azola Companies, led the Bosley Hall project from start to finish, from the beginning preconstruction investigations to designing the space to work around --and capitalize on-- existing jail cells and configurations, to overseeing construction, to ongoing collaboration with County officials, to successful leasing of the space and property management. Having led major Azola projects over the past decade, Azola was well-equipped for the challenge of converting jail space and sheriff living quarters to a highly functional, attractive office space.

For Tony Azola and his father Marty Azola, the new Bosley Hall is a satisfying example of their company’s mission. Based on their experience and mindset as owners, the company is committed to two outcomes, solving problems correctly –often creatively -- and identifying substantial savings –often creatively. Recent projects reflecting their solve-save ethic include:

  • The Bromo Seltzer Tower, where Azola brought together the private financing partnership and renovated all 15 floors of the interior, which included a 15 story interior fire stair and new Central AC system. The historic steam system was restored saving the owners several thousand dollars per month.
  • The Maryland Building at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, where Azola evaluated the deterioration, developed budgets and scopes and then carefully restored the building, while allowing the building to continue to be used for administrative offices saving the Zoo the cost of moving staff and constructing a new building.
  • The Historic Ruscombe Mansion, where Azola placed the building on the National Register of Historic Places, which allowed for the use of historic tax credits to help with financing the restoration. The building is now back on the City tax roll as an office building.

The Azola name is well-known in Maryland for its early work on projects such as The Rockland Village, Devon Hill Condominiums, and The Federal Hill Park Condominiums. In 2002, the company reconfigured its business to a more comprehensive operation, taking projects through all of the stages of development, construction, and building management. In addition to its work on new ventures involving Azola ownership and design, for which the company is best known, Azola also offers pre-construction services, historic tax credit consulting, construction management, design build, general contracting and a growing building diagnostics service. No matter what the extent of Azola’s involvement, the company approaches each building as if they were owners. Tony Azola notes, “As building owners, we hunt for the smartest ways to solve problems and then save money in the process. That’s our expertise and our mission is to share it.”

Azola Companies are headquartered at 4901 Springarden Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209, (410) 367-5277. More information can be found at http://www.azolacompanies.com

Note to Editors and producers: High-resolution images of Bosley Hall and other development projects by the Azola Companies are available upon request.

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