Development Photo Tour: East Baltimore

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Traveling around the city looking for redevelopment and real estate projects, there is not an area with more activity than East Baltimore, although the South Baltimore Peninsula is a close second. The Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) development led by Forest City Enterprises Inc. has brought billions of dollars of real estate development to a neighborhood known as Middle East and projects in surrounding areas continue to build off that momentum. The growing Johns Hopkins is already the top private employer in the state of Maryland and it continues to add many jobs in the area.

The EBDI project includes 1,500 units of mixed-income housing, 1.7 million sq. ft. of life sciences research and office space, a new 7-acre school, a new Johns Hopkins Hospital that includes the Sheikh Zayed Tower and Bloomberg’s Children Center, retail spaces, and a new 5.5 acre Eager Park.

Development has also spread to the nearby Oliver neighborhood northwest of EBDI, as well as to the south in Washington Hill and Butcher’s Hill, and Johnston Square closer to I-83. Many of the developments are possible because East Baltimore became a distressed part of Baltimore with many vacant properties. The development of East Baltimore has also fed off the momentum of Southeast Baltimore where you find many strong neighborhoods like Fells Point, Patterson, Park, and Canton that have attracted significant investment and redevelopment over the past couple decades.

A redevelopment of Old Town and the Old Town Mall is also expected in upcoming years.

Here’s a look around at some of the developments:

Neighborhood map of developments from Around Eager Park

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Jefferson Square 

Jefferson Square is a development just South of Johns Hopkins Hospital between Wolfe St. and Washington St. on the unit, 100, and 200 blocks of N. Wolfe St. at a former apartment complex that was razed. Phase I was recently built with a 304-unit apartment building with three retails spaces (CVS, BB&T Bank, and one currently vacant) on the 100 block. A Phase II has been planned on the unit block with a 200-unit apartment building. A surface parking lot currently occupies the 200 block.

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A new townhome development between N. Chester, E. Fayette, N. Duncan St., and Lamley St. located just east of Jefferson Square.

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New Office Building

A new office building was recently constructed on 415 N. Washington St.

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A property for sale at the corner of Washington St. and Ashland Ave., advertised for redevelopment.

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Henderson-Hopkins and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center

A new public K-8 school called the Henderson-Hopkins and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center was built at 2100 Ashland Ave. The 90,000 sq. ft. school on a seven-acre campus is at the former site of vacant rowhomes that were demolished. The campus opened in 2014.

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Future Development

Across from Henderson-Hopkins sits a large lot bordered by Ashland Ave., N. Chester St., E. Eager St., and N. Washington St. that was full of vacant rowhomes. A commercial and residential project is planned for the site which will likely include a 50,000 sq. ft. grocery store.

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Rowhome Renovations All Over 

Station East is a 40-rowhome renovation project on the 900 blocks N. Patterson Park Ave. and N. Bradford St. The development also includes a new pocket park.

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Nearly an entire block of  formerly vacant rowhomes are under renovation on the 1700 block of East Preston St.

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14 houses are under redevelopment on the 1500 block of N. Broadway by one developer, with other rehabs also underway.

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Many rowhomes were recently renovated on the 1700 and 1800 blocks of E. Chase St. just north of the site of Eager Park.

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An entire block of formerly vacant rowhomes are under renovation on the 1000 block of McDonogh St.

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New Construction Townhomes

Across the street from the homes under renovation on McDonogh is a site where 49 new-construction townhomes will be built by Ryan Homes called The Townes at Eager Park. The homes are on a lot that is bordered by McDonogh, E. Eager, and Rutland Ave. Homes will start under $300,000 and the project is expected to cost $14 million.

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Eager Park 

Much of the developments in EBDI will be centered around the under-construction Eager Park. The 5.5 acre park will stretch across the 800, 900, and 1000 blocks of N. Washington and N. Durham St. The park will include an amphitheater, grassy lawns, a playground, overlooks, seating areas, plaza for farmers’ markets, a running trail, and more.

Renderings courtesy of Mahan Rykiel Associates

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Across from Eager Park is 929 at 920 N. Wolfe St. offering 321 student housing units for the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus.

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South of Eager Park is the construction site of the future 15-story, $87 million Marriott Residence Inn East Baltimore. The hotel will have 194 rooms as well as multiple restaurants.

Rendering courtesy of Gensler

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Across from the Gateway Hotel is a mixed-use building on the 800 block of N. Wolfe St. that includes an Atwaters and a new restaurant under construction from The Helmand.

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Adjacent to the park, the Innovation Hub for the Life Sciences is under construction at 1812 Ashland Ave. It is a $65.6 million building.

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The recently-completed State of Maryland Laboratories Administration Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sits just south of Eager Park at 1770 Ashland Ave.

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New affordable housing was recently completed at Chapel Green on the 1000 block of N. Washington St.

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Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building

The $100 million, 184,000 sq. ft. Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building is under construction at the northeast corner of Fayette St. and N. Broadway.

Rendering Courtesy of Ayers Saint Gross

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Food Hub

The Food Hub is a six-building, 3.5-acre campus of “food ventures” in East Baltimore that incorporates the old currently-vacant Eastern Pumping Station. Preliminary work at the project has begun.

Rendering Courtesy of Baltimore Food Hub

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Mary Harvin Transformation Center

During last year’s riots the Mary Harvin Transformation Center, which was under construction at the time in Broadway East at 1600 N. Chester St., burned down. Construction got back to work soon after and the center is now open. The project was led by the Southern Baptist Church and it offers 61 affordable senior housing units, as well as services, counseling, and job training for the community. Just northeast of EBDI, Broadway East has many blocks of vacant homes, but has seen some investment with this new center, the renovation of the American Brewery at 1701 N. Gay St. which is now the home of Humanin, and the conversion of some blocks of vacant homes to small parks.

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Photo courtesy of Humanim’s Facebook page:

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Oliver

The new-construction Preston Place Townhomes development on the 1500 block of E. Preston St. is being built. They are available for sale and for rent.

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Image of previously built homes on Preston.

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Oliver still has many vacant homes, but many homes have been renovated over the last few years.

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Johnston Square 

An affordable housing development by M & M Development is coming to the 1200 block of E. Preston St.

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Renovated rowhomes on E. Preston St.

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