UMB Seeks to Redevelop Historic Site
|The next big step in the redevelopment of Baltimore's Westside
neighborhood is on its way. The University
of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is looking for a new vision for two
historic buildings across the street from the campus. The former
Drovers and Mechanics Bank building and the former Sons of Italy
building, and two adjacent parking lots, are located between North Paca
Street, West Fayette Street, North Eutaw Street, and Marion Street, just
a block south of Lexington Market. Other neighbors include the
Hippodrome and Everyman theaters, and the University of Maryland
Francis King Carey School of Law.
The University issued a request for proposal (RFP) structured as a
ground lease. The University will maintain ownership of the land and
receive rent. The developer will agree to build and operate a
development that, according to the RFP, "enhances the University of
Maryland, Baltimore community and is consistent with the redevelopment
of Baltimore City's Westside neighborhood." The winning plan for the
site might include office space, market-rate apartments, or anything
else the community needs, but the RFP prohibits bars or liquor stores,
adult entertainment, and gambling.
"I am committed to continuing my work with Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake as co-chair of the UniverCity Partnership and in my role
as chair of the board of the Downtown Partnership to redevelop
Baltimore's downtown and, very specifically, the Westside areas that
touch our campus," said UMB President Jay
A. Perman, MD, during his recent State of the University address.
"I have a vision of UMB as an easily recognizable and vibrant urban
university surrounded by a redeveloped and revitalized Baltimore City."
In an effort to maintain the historic character of the neighborhood,
the RFP calls for the former Drovers and Mechanics Bank and Sons of
Italy buildings to be renovated, not razed. Although neither
building is registered with the National Register of Historic Places,
the Maryland Historic Trust designated the entire Drovers and
Mechanics Bank building and the original portion (the front 40 feet) of
the Sons of Italy building as "contributing buildings to be
preserved." The RFP also allows the future developer to pursue
construction on the adjacent parking lots.
The team with the winning proposal will have 18 months to finalize
plans and receive permits, then another 18 months to finish
construction. A pre-proposal conference will be held Tuesday,
June 17, at 10 a.m. at the University of Maryland School of Social Work
Auditorium, 525 West Redwood Street, Baltimore. Potential
developers will receive more details at that time, and have a chance to
ask questions. The deadline for proposals is August 19.
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|Posting Date: 06/12/2014
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