Time For Dixon To Step Aside From Redevelopment
At at time when Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is being investigated by the state prosecutor’s office for buying practices while she was president of the City Council, her administration is responsible for overseeing more than $1.3 billion in publicly-funded redevelopment projects.
The prudent and honorable thing for Dixon to do while she is under investigation would be to recluse herself from any decisions regarding these projects. However, the odds of that happening are slim and none, especially in light of the fact that Dixon and her supporters are already playing the race card claiming that the investigation is a result of her being black and a woman!
Meanwhile, here is a list of the major projects the Dixon administration oversees, according to the City Housing Dept.:
1. Uplands is a 91-acre site calling for the development of 1,146 new units. Total local, state and federal funding: Exceeding $300 million.
2. Broadway Overlook is comprised of 132 mixed income rental units and 34 for-sale units. Total local, state and federal funding: $54 million.
3. The West Side is roughly a 100 block, 450-acre area to be redeveloped. Total funding for projects approves so far: $150 million.
4. Camden Crossing is a 9.7-acre Brownfield redevelopment project on an abandoned and contaminated site to be developed into middle-income housing. Total local, state and federal funding: $30 million.
5.Poppleton Redevelopment is a 13.8-acre project adjacent to the University of Maryland’s BioPark campus. The site consists of 526 properties, 357 of which the City currently owns or will soon have in title, and 169 of which the City will use grab under eminent domain. Total local, state and federal funding: $250 million.
6. The University of Maryland at Baltimore is investing in a $300 million biotechnology park located in the 800 and 900 blocks of West Baltimore Street. The BioPark will consist of seven buildings totaling approximately 800,000 square feet of lab and office space, 25,000 square feet of open space, and two parking garages with ground floor retail. The City contributed the land to the project for $1.00, while the parcels had appraised at $1.4 million.
7. The Towns at the Terraces is a 15.3-acre project that includes 100 market rate homeownership units, 41 rental units, and 250 public housing units including 88 senior housing co-ops. The project also includes an 11,180 square foot Rite Aid and business center complex. Total local, state and federal funding: $79 million.
8. Heritage Crossing is a redevelopment of the Murphy Homes public housing site in West Baltimore comprised of 75 new public housing rental units and 185 sale units. Total local, state and federal funding: $61 million.
9. Sandtown Winchester HomeOwnership Zone project consists of 236 units and includes a variety of new construction designs averaging 1,200 square feet in size, designed in a number of configurations, including semi-detached, triplex and series of no more than five units and 236 subsidized. Total local, state and federal funding: $17 million.
10. Reservoir Hill is redeveloping 76 unit scattered site public housing portfolio in Reservoir Hill into 64 mixed income rental units and 12 affordable for-sale units. Total local, state and federal funding: $3.7 million.
11. The East Baltimore Initiative includes up to 1,500 new and rehabilitated residential units, new green space. Encompassing 22 of the project’s 80 acres, will be the East Baltimore Life Sciences and Technology Park, located adjacent to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Total local, state and federal funding: $150 million.
12. Pleasant View Gardens is a project to construct 201 public housing rental townhomes, a public housing senior mid-rise building with 110 units, and the construction of 27 for-sale fee simple townhomes. Total local, state and federal funding: $72 million.
13. Albemarle Square A total of 343 townhouses and apartments will be built both on-site and in the surrounding neighborhood. Plans for non-residential development include ground floor retail space and 16 market-rate live/work lofts. The project is complete except for the Lombard Street Retail. Total local, state and federal funding: $65 million.
Total: $1.3 billion dollars