Discovery of More Water Leaks will Swell the Price of Mending City Hall’s White Walls

Two weeks after the mayor and city comptroller lauded the Department of General Services for keeping City Hall’s stone wall repairs “below budget,” the same agency is reporting a new set of problems that’s likely to bring prices right back up again.

The historic seat of Baltimore government, housed inside white marble walls and ornate Serlian windows, continues to leak despite 31 Extras Work Orders (EWOs) and $12.4 million in authorized repairs since 2020.

General Services Director Berke Attila has defended the EWOs as anticipated expenses – not cost overruns – that were phased into the agency’s budget to stay within its annual capital appropriations.