A new development is coming to Charles Village that’s hoping to offer something for students and residents, alike. The building at 3200 St. Paul St. will be anchored by a 10,5000-ft. CVS, the developers said Thursday before donning shovels to throw the first dirt.
The 12-story building, located across 33rd St. from a sophomore residence hall with a Barnes and Noble on the ground floor, is being developed by Armada Hoffler and Beatty Development. Additional retail will likely be added to the building as construction moves along over the next 16 months. Officials mentioned food spots as a possibility. They didn’t toss out any names, but Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels made the crowd ponder possibilities with an off-the-cuff remark about grabbing a double burger just before the groundbreaking.
On the upper floors, the building will have 157 student apartments, as well as a wrap-around parking garage. The student housing is designed for upper-class students who want to stay close to campus, said Kevin Shollenberger, Johns Hopkins Vice Provost for Student Affairs.
Construction is set to be wrapped up in time to open the building at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.
Under a tent on the cleared lot on Thursday morning, the developers, city officials and JHU higher-ups that gathered all said the project was reflective of an effort to knit JHU’s Homewood campus into the community of longtime residents in Charles Village.
“Our students really crave the opportunity to connect as a community,” Shollenberger said, adding that parents are always happy to hear students will have a pharmacy nearby.
Equally, Charles Village Civic Association President Sandy Sparks said the inclusion of the pharmacy and other retail will also give residents more options.
“This is a benchmark for a total change from Hopkins’ original inward thinking (in the 90s), to becoming very involved with the adjoining community,” she said.
The project also represents a chance to make good on plans that were stalled by the recession. Hopkins bought the 11.3-acre site in 2009, after another developer abandoned plans amid the financial crisis. The developers worked since 2012 to identify needs.
The forthcoming building has yet to be named.
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