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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 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM
2 words... Super Walmart...It will have a grocery store, it will have a pharmacy, it will have inexpensive stuff for college apartments, it will have a McDonalds...it will have everything that is missing in CV...
Adam Bednar (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM
I think the Walmart proposed for 25th Street Station would make that redundant.
Baltimore Matt February 11, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Adam, why would you say that, Glen Burnie has 2 and many suburban towns have more than one. I think there should be a Walmart in Charles Village, one at the Rotunda, and one in Remington at 25th Street Station. Each neighborhood is similar in population as a suburban town and the divides that Baltimoreans have will keep people from different neighborhoods from mixing in the same place (I know many people from Hampden and Remington that will not go to the Target at Mondawmin due to racial or neighborhood divides). Furthermore, the Hopkins students in Charles Village generally don't travel far for staple goods and what would be more of an American experience for foreign students than shopping at Walmart.
Adam Bednar (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 12:16 AM
According to the Walmart store locator, there's only one location in Glen Burnie—a suburb with a population of 67,000. Whereas Charles Village has a population of 7,997, Hampden's population has a population of 9,333 and Remington has a population of 2,386. So the population of those three city neighborhoods combined are less than Glen Burnie. I'm also dubious of claims that neighborhood divides keep people from shopping in other communities. Using myself as anecdotal evidence, I live in Charles Village; do my gift shopping on The Avenue; get my haircut in Mount Washington; grocery shop at the 25th Street Safeway (where I see a lot of Hopkins students shopping so I'm sure they'll shop at that nearby Walmart.); and occasionally venture to the Mondawmin Target.
Baltimore Matt February 12, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Adam, when there are 2 Walmarts for 67k in Glen Burnie (1 on Crain Hwy, and 1 in the old Leedmart Building (there are also 2 Targets, an Ollies, a K-Mart, a Best Buy, 2 shopping malls, a Lowes and 2 Home Depots) and currently 1 Walmart, 1 Target, and 1 Home Depot for 650k Baltimoreans, we can use as many Walmart type stores as we can get. We need stores that sell modern, inexpensive, and run of the mill goods. When you have to leave your neighborhood to get the most basic and run-of-the-mill products such as tube socks, consumer quality cleaning and organizing supplies, or a decently priced computer/television/hardware, etc during evening hours, when most working people are available, since many retail businesses in this town are open for what seems to be bankers hours, which makes me think they only target people without jobs, we need businesses that accommodate for our needs (accommodate for people who work during the day, have some disposable income, will buy products that believe they are getting a decent deal on, etc.) Furthermore, I believe we need some new appliance retailers as well. As I found out recently there are few choices of retailers within the city that carry a good selection of affordable, quality, brand new, name brand appliances (almost all retailers in Baltimore sell used appliances). I know I see a fridge and stove in every house and I think it's weird that there are few places to purchase one And oh yeah...We need more Walmarts hon!!!
Adam Bednar (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Well your desires are being fulfilled. There will be a 25th Street Station Walmart for you to shop at. These companies are not going to pass up making money. It's a simple matter of supply and demand. But demanding multiple big box retailers for neighboring communities is unrealistic. Also, I'm from Glen Burnie. There's one Walmart. The Crain Highway location has been closed for years.
Thomas Dunn February 12, 2013 at 03:04 PM
The thought of a giant looming Walmart in that space is actually sickening. I thought you were actually making a joke at first. We need small local businesses to support, not a giant like Walmart. If you truly think a Walmart in this historic part of town makes sense, then you should probably move somewhere else in the suburbs. Way to ruin a neighborhood!
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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