A University Grows in Mt. Vernon

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STEVE CASSARD, UB'S VICE PRESIDENT OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AND CAPITAL PLANNING - STEVE RUARK
STEVE CASSARD, UB’S VICE PRESIDENT OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AND CAPITAL PLANNING – STEVE RUARK

Courtesy Bmore Media – Grab a Resurrection beer at the Brewer’s Art or sushi at XS in Mount Vernon and you’ll see more feet on the street in the Baltimore neighborhood nowadays.

You might see even a few more in April as the University of Baltimore opens its LEED-certified law school, the John and Frances Angelos Law Center. The 190,000 square-foot building will bring 1,300 students, staff and faculty in one location.

The law school is just one way in which the University of Baltimore’s growth is changing the look of Mount Vernon. Enrollment has grown from 5,000 students to 7,000 students since it expanded from a two-year commuter school to a four-year university five years ago. That’s a 40 percent growth. Now 1,000 students live within two miles of the school.
Developers took notice and hundreds of new apartment units are in the works. Retailers also took note. New stores serving both residents and students have been sprouting up and a few more are on the way. But the area still faces a number of challenges, including crime and a block that is slowly recovering from a five-alarm fire.
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