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Hopkins Announces 33rd and St. Paul Streets Lot Developer

The lot has sat vacant for years after initial development plans fell through.

Armada Hoffler development team will develop the empty one-acre grass lot at 33rd and St. Paul streets in Charles Village into a mixed-use retail and residential complex.

which owns the lot, announced the selection in a news release Friday.

The lot has sat vacant for years after houses and businesses were demolished to make way for a proposed Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse mixed-use development. However, following the economic collapse, the developer abandoned plans for it’s mixed-use project on the site and sold the land to the university in 2009.

Since that time the land has been a grass covered, fenced in vacant lot.

In October 2011, several residents turned the lot into a "public park" to advocate for the land to remain a public green space.

According to the university's news release, there is currently no time table set for the project's completion. In the mean time it has offered to let the city use the lot as temporary metered parking.  

The Armada Hoffler development team includes the Beatty Development Group, and Skye Hospitality. Michael Beatty, a principal of Armada Hoffler, also served as the president of the Harbor East Development Group.  

Baltimore Matt February 12, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Thomas, first of all if that area is so historic than they wouldn't have torn down the building that were on that land and the row of houses accross the street. Thomas if the local businesses would stay opened at hours that working people could patronize them, not have prices that were are 20-30% higher than that at a chain store, readily accept all forms of payment, and have all of the products in one place for a modern lifestyle than I wouldn't be stating we should have a large box store but local businesses have not been up to the challenge. They have had their chance and in a place like Charles Village with many college students, people without vehicles, a concentrated population, in the center of the city, a Walmart or a Walmart like store is not a bad idea. I don't think it will ruin the neighborhood at all. Fact is many cities have or are getting are getting large retail outlets.
Sean Tully February 12, 2013 at 09:11 PM
So, will the city gives this developer a tax break? And, will the residential units be rentals? 1 + 1 does equal 2 in most cases.
Able Baker February 13, 2013 at 01:56 PM
There isn't going to be a Walmart at that site. First, it's too small. Second, there's no parking. Thirdly, the buildings they tore down were of no historical significance. A dilapidated frat house, a generic low rise and a few rowhouses.
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Drake March 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM
I would like to see a Whole Foods store on that location. Ok, it may be bad for Eddie's but it would bring lots of young customers from many adjacent areas. It would really be good for Charles Village, which has become dormant and poorer over the years. We need a Whole Foods store on 33 and St Paul.

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