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Morgan State Plots $149 Million Expansion

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Morgan State University is undergoing a major expansion of its campus in northeast Baltimore, on property it owns at Hillen Road and Argonne Drive. The new west campus will contain the long-awaited Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management, opening in 2015, and the Behavioral and Social Sciences Center, to open in 2017. Together, the two buildings cost around $149 million.

An undetermined amount of funding is being sought for a third building and parking garage on the site, according to Cynthia Wilder, a Morgan State planner. Morgan State, part of the state university system, owns more than 170 acres, of which 143 acres constitute the main campus for its approximately 8,000 students.

Peer-to-Peer Ride Sharing Service Lyft Launches in Baltimore

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Peer-to-peer ridesharing service Lyft launched in Baltimore last week.

Users download the Lyft app on their iPhone or Android device and select their pickup location. They request an available driver and get a “lyft” where they need to go. After the ride is finished, users rate drivers on the app and give them a donation. The donations are collected through the app itself, and drivers keep about 80 percent of their take.

Ryleigh’s Oyster House Readying New Timonium Location for Nov. 8 Opening

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Courtesy Bmore Media – With its nearly $2 million renovation in its final stages, the owner of Ryleigh’s Oyster House hopes to open his new 300-seat restaurant in Timonium Nov. 8.

The 10,000-square-foot location at 22 W. Padonia Road has a 2,000-square-foot rooftop herb garden available for private dining, and a patio.

“There was never any curb appeal,” Ryleigh’s Owner Brian McComas says of the former Gibby’s Seafood spot. “So we definitely made it ‘shore house chic’ and rebuilt the whole front section of the building.”

Under Armour Opens Tide Point Visitor Center

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under_armour_logoCourtesy Bmore Media – Under Armour wrapped up a seven-month construction of a visitor center this month, the latest expansion of the sportswear giant’s Tide Point campus in Locust Point.

Public Art Transforms the Urban Canvas

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Artist Michael Owen painted his first Baltimore Love Project mural in Mt. Washington.
Artist Michael Owen painted his first Baltimore Love Project mural in Mt. Washington.

Courtesy Bmore Media – Everyone has a favorite. It might be “Common Threads” by Meg Seligman, where neighborhood youth appear to pop out of a stories-high mural in Philadelphia. Or it might be the City of Asylum’s “house publications” — a series of rehabbed houses in Pittsburgh’s Northside that are decorated with text by exiled artists-in-residence. Or it could be the 20 murals by Michael Owen that feature hands spelling out the word love as part of the Baltimore Love Project.

At one time the province of select sculptors like Alexander Calder, whose massive kinetic pieces grace public spaces in New York and Chicago, public art is increasingly an interactive, community-based experience. A focus on “social practice,” or engaging local communities in creating change through art, is borne out in public art pieces that are as thought-provoking as they are aesthetically pleasing.

Red Emma’s to Serve Dinner

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Courtesy Bmore Media – Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse plans to serve a full dinner menu and roast its own coffee beans on site when it its new location in Station North by early November.

Founding member Kate Khatib says that the store has completed its move to its new location at 30 W. North Ave. and is looking at about a month’s worth of renovations and finishing touches. The nine-year-old radical bookstore and coffeehouse announced its move from Mount Vernon late last year. 

MOM’s Organic Market to Open First Baltimore City Store at the Rotunda

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Courtesy Bmore Media--MOM’s Organic Market says it will open a store at The Rotunda, ending months of speculation surrounding which grocer will anchor the $100 million redevelopment of the retail, office and residential project in Hampden.

The Rockville-based company will open a 15,000-square-foot shop, its eighth in Maryland and third in Greater Baltimore. It has stores in Timonium and Columbia. The Rotunda store will be MOM’s first in Baltimore City.

“I really like where [the Rotunda] is located,” MOM’s founder Scott Nash says. “It’s close to I-83. The parking is good. We’re pretty excited about it.”

MOM’s will replace Giant grocery store, which moved less than two blocks away last year to the Greenspring Tower Shopping Center. It’s unclear, however, when MOM’s will open. The first new retail shops at the Rotunda will open in 18 to 20 months, but Chris Bell, senior vice president of developer Hekemian & Co. Inc., says he is not sure whether MOM’s or what other retailers will be among them.

Dooby’s Coffee Set to Open this Month in Mt. Vernon

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Courtesy Bmore Media – After months of anticipation from Mount Vernon residents, Dooby’s Coffee is set to open this month in the building that housed Donna’s, Owner Phil Han says.

The cafe has received its liquor license and will serve 12 draft beers and assortment of wines. Dooby’s will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Personal Chef Service PlateDate to Launch in Baltimore

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Courtesy Bmore Media – A personal chef service is launching in Greater Baltimore in January, promising customers five-star dining in their own home.

PlateDate currently serves Howard County and Washington, D.C. Myranda Stephens, PlateDate’s communications manager, says the company is still identifying which areas of Greater Baltimore it will serve, but it will likely include a stretch from Annapolis to Bel Air, as well as Baltimore City. 

Non-Profit Preserves Baltimore’s Heritage for Future Generations

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Johns Hopkins, Executive Director of Baltimore Heritage, in front of the former American Ice Company plant. Photo by Steve Ruark.
Johns Hopkins, Executive Director of Baltimore Heritage, in front of the former American Ice Company plant. Photo by Steve Ruark.

Courtesy Bmore Media – The Sellers Mansion at Lafayette Square in west Baltimore Harlem Park neighborhood had once been one of the grandest homes in Baltimore. Today, it is decaying from neglect.

When nonprofit Baltimore Heritage discovered that the square was the site of a Civil War army hospital that accommodated 1,000 patients, it organized an architectural dig at which hundreds turned out.

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