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Old February 8th, 2007, 12:47 AM   #641
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More city west side properties slated for revitalization
Baltimore Business Journal - 3:00 PM EST Wednesday, February 7, 2007by Daniel J. SernovitzStaff

The Baltimore Development Corp. is offering up more pieces of the city's west side for redevelopment, a month after getting permission from the city's spending board for a $21 million land deal to kickstart the "superblock" project in the same area.

The city's economic development arm said Wednesday it is seeking proposals for the redevelopment of four west side sections, mostly concentrated in the 400 block of North Howard Street. According to state assessment and taxation data, the city owns all the properties and should not need to condemn additional land for the projects.

The vacant properties are on Franklin and Howard streets, adjacent to St. James Place, the Mayfair Theater and the Congress Hotel. The city sold the St. James property to Renaissance Place LLC in December for $250,000 as part of a BDC revitalization effort. Renaissance developers Wendy Blair and Derrick McDaniels have launched a $7.5 million project at the site to include 25 market-rate rental units, 1,910 square feet of retail space and 44 parking spaces.

M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the BDC, said the BDC wanted to wait until Renaissance began its work at St. James before seeking developers for the other properties, to demonstrate there is interest in the predominately vacant area. He said he did not think the BDC would receive many competitive bids before work began at St. James.

"We wanted to have that evidence ... so that people would see that something is happening in the midst of all these vacant properties," he said, adding the BDC is interested in seeing some residential development with the new proposals once they are filed by a May deadline. "We think the timing is pretty good on the west side as far as I can tell, but we will see."

Brodie said Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse had planned to renovate the historic Mayfair Theater, and had an agreement with the BDC to undertake the project, but the developer's plans never materialized and its agreement with the BDC has expired. Brodie said Struever and other developers are still welcome to submit new proposals for the theater.

In January, the city's Board of Estimates voted to let the city buy or acquire about three dozen properties in the so-called superblock area starting at W. Fayette and Liberty Streets, about four blocks away from St. James Place. In turn, the city will sell the properties for about $21 million to a development team led by the Chera Feil Goldman Group of New York to undertake the redevelopment effort.

Chera plans to create about 200,000 square feet of retail space and between 400 and 500 market-rate residential units in the six-block area. The city has agreed to reduce the sale price by as much as $10 million to offset the costs associated with demolishing some of the buildings and clearing the area for the redevelopment project.

Unlike its current effort, the city will need to condemn several of the properties in the superblock, including some owned by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation which was an early proponent of a west side revitalization effort. The city decided in the summer to condemn the foundation's properties after failing to come to terms on fair selling price for the land.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #642
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....but I DID mention Highways.

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Old February 8th, 2007, 03:32 AM   #643
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I think that one complements the existing skyline the best, especially the BofA tower; however, I think Baltimore may need something that is rather overtly modern to show the world it's not a dying rustbelter, but a boom town building gleaming glass towers...it's too old school.
You know, I was thinking the same thing this afternoon on my way home. I've been working up in Hunt Valley for the last three weeks and the last few days I've been taking the Maryland Ave exit off 83 south through downtown. U of Baltimore's new university center adds so much to that area. Breath of fresh air!
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Old February 8th, 2007, 03:41 AM   #644
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I REALLY hope St. James Place gets rolling...that's been dragging on for YEARS!!!

Once that block gets going, I think there's no stopping the upper westside of downtown!

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Old February 8th, 2007, 03:42 AM   #645
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interesting, the founder of godaddy.com is from baltimore. i saw him interviewed on cnbc. has a balto accent and says on wiki. also went to u of balt. guys name is bob parsons. fought in nam. worked for beth steel. went to u of balt

also i didn't know THE US'S largest IT staffing firm in the world is hq'd in balto.

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Old February 8th, 2007, 03:53 AM   #646
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That would be correct. IIRC, this was to be over 600 feet. I forget what happened, but it came close to being built. I remember driving by the site many times to see if anything was going on. It looked like work was imminent at one point...sediment barriers went up around the block...but it was not to be. The Weinberg Center (Mercy Hospital) and a garage were eventually built there.
Must've been some dirty politics involved in preventing the Building from going up as planned.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 03:57 AM   #647
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Harlem, go **** yourself. Sorry about the language everyone else.
Go Slam your ****** head on some bricks, that might help your thinking process.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 03:59 AM   #648
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Please explain this "logic".
History can repeat itself.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 04:06 AM   #649
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No, really, you don't....

You see we hate Maryland, and if you didn't know, we're hicks and we don't like business/economic revenue growth because business/economic/revenue growth is good because it's business/economic/revenue/growth and that's make's us left-wing communists who are soft on crime because highways are business/economic revenue growth which makes places more like Charlotte and they have more business/economic/revenue growth because they don't like historic properties and that's related to business/economic/revenue growth which is better because business/economic/revenue growth is economic/revenue/growth which is the meaning of life you idiot...


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Don't forget that you are a supporter of Business/Economic/Revenue Growth for Virginia which is why you have not opposition against building a Subway to Dulles Airport(which you don't support the Green Line Extension to BWI Airporrt), The Springfield Mixing Bowl(you oppose building the ICC), and Tyson's Corner Expansion along with other Large Development Projects in Northern Virginia(You oppose the National Harbor and other Large Development Projects in the Maryland/DC Suburbs and Baltimore).
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Old February 8th, 2007, 04:10 AM   #650
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Yeah, but from I rememberof the rendering, the base of their building was a monster garage.

I'm not willing to sacrifice proper base architecture for height. Height's great, but exciting architecture and streetlife-design trumps the monsters.

I guess I'm against Business/Economic/Revenue Growth...oh, darn

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Don't forgeet to admit that your not a Maryland citizen and its very possible that you are from Virginia or some other good ol' boy southern state.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 04:14 AM   #651
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....but I DID mention Highways.

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But you failed to admit that you support highway building in Virginia but oppose ALL Highway Building in Maryland.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 04:56 AM   #652
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Must've been some dirty politics involved in preventing the Building from going up as planned.
No...actually it was because Maryland failed to build a 16-lane expressway to provide access, tearing down the whole west side of downtown in the process. Instead, they built Camden Yards on the land.
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blah...blah...blah...this! blah...blah...blah...that! It's like I'm watching someone spit BS out their @$$. Oh wait...
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You know, I was thinking the same thing this afternoon on my way home. I've been working up in Hunt Valley for the last three weeks and the last few days I've been taking the Maryland Ave exit off 83 south through downtown. U of Baltimore's new university center adds so much to that area. Breath of fresh air!
I love what UB has done to the area.. They've been real aggressive in their growth and it kicks ass that theyve added a 4 year undergraduate program cause thats only going to speed up the progress.. I think this might help them too (from their web page)

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I wonder why so much focus has been on the red line now that I think about it. I think we really need a mass transit system in place to connect all of our universities. We call ourselves a collegetown dont we?? Im guessing the current light rail would prevent another north south train of some sort from being built even though it would be real convenient being that just about all the colleges line up along York road and Charles Street.. Towson/Goucher, Morgan (the one thats a little out of the way), Loyola/ND, Hopkins, UB/MICA, UMB.. I think Towson (what Ive always considered Baltimores uptown) should really be connected to the heart of the city easier.. I know most of my international friends who are students there arent too thrilled about having to catch the 8 and won't. I know I never used to enjoy it much either.
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You know, I was thinking the same thing this afternoon on my way home. I've been working up in Hunt Valley for the last three weeks and the last few days I've been taking the Maryland Ave exit off 83 south through downtown. U of Baltimore's new university center adds so much to that area. Breath of fresh air!
I think that both UB and MICA have hit a critical mass in that area. For years both had a scattering of shambly buildings, disconnected from each other. The new UB building and that great glass crystal that MICA built along with other improvements has really improved this area. While I'm not crazy about the renderings I have seen of the upcoming MICA residence, it will add another interesting structure to Mt Royal
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Old February 8th, 2007, 05:44 AM   #657
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Harlem,

what exactly do you think is the difference between 'business,' 'economic' and 'revenue'
growth?
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I think that both UB and MICA have hit a critical mass in that area. For years both had a scattering of shambly buildings, disconnected from each other. The new UB building and that great glass crystal that MICA built along with other improvements has really improved this area. While I'm not crazy about the renderings I have seen of the upcoming MICA residence, it will add another interesting structure to Mt Royal
I dont know if UB has hit critical mass yet. I dont think the president would have made it his very open mission to see the school double in admissions and size in the mt royal area if it did. Hes a business man as well as a school pres so I think hes prolly got it all planned out.

As far as MICA, I have no idea about them other than they are expensive and most of my friends who are art students usually would prefer going to SVA in NY.

Im guessing theyre both going on the "if you build it, they will come" model set up by the worst actor in the world.
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I wonder why so much focus has been on the red line now that I think about it. I think we really need a mass transit system in place to connect all of our universities. We call ourselves a collegetown dont we?? Im guessing the current light rail would prevent another north south train of some sort from being built even though it would be real convenient being that just about all the colleges line up along York road and Charles Street.. Towson/Goucher, Morgan (the one thats a little out of the way), Loyola/ND, Hopkins, UB/MICA, UMB.. I think Towson (what Ive always considered Baltimores uptown) should really be connected to the heart of the city easier.. I know most of my international friends who are students there arent too thrilled about having to catch the 8 and won't. I know I never used to enjoy it much either.
If you haven't already, please read all of my previous transit posts and/or go to www.getontrac.org.

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Hey guys, I just found this great site aimed toward tourist. It does our fair city proud! Check it out for yourselves. http://www.baltimore.world-guides.com/
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