Back when Streuver Bros., Eccles and Rouse purchased the east side of the 3200 block of St. Paul Street in Charles Village, there was lots of heady talk of development. SBER tore down the existing buildings with plans to erect newer, fancier things: retail! a parking garage! apartments! But then the economy tanked, the developer sold the land to Johns Hopkins, the plans to develop the lot seemed permanently on hold. Last year, a university spokesman said the school would do something about the lot “at the appropriate time when the economy allows.” In the meantime, the large lot just sat there, a large fenced-off field in the middle of the city, occasionally playing host to impromptu picnics. But that’s all about to change.
Johns Hopkins recently announced that they’ve chosen the Armada Hoffler Development Group to handle the redevelopment of the site (which the school purchased from SBER in 2009). The 1.13 acre parcel will become the “St. Paul Street Project in Charles Village” (which might be worth reconsidering; surely, someone can come up with a snappier name), and planning meetings about future development will begin this winter.
Armada Hoffler (along with the Beatty Development Group, another partner of the development team) have worked on extensive projects in Baltimore and nationwide. Michael Beatty (of the Beatty Development Group) is the former president of Harbor East Development Group, and is currently working on the redevelopment of a 2-million square foot mixed-use project in Fells Point. Armada Hoffler has developed projects for Emory University and Hampton University.
We’re still far from knowing any specifics about what the site might look like, but stressed-out Charles Village drivers will be happy to hear that the site will serve as a temporary metered parking lot while the Charles Street construction is going on.