University News

Previous Articles
2014
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2013
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
2012
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

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.

For more information, contact Alex Likowski at alikowski@umaryland.edu or 410-706-3801.
Posting Date: 06/12/2014
Contact Name: Alex Likowski
Contact Phone: 410-706-3801
Contact Email: alikowski@umaryland.edu