Uplands Community Begins to see $250 Million Transformation
Groundbreaking marks beginning of Southwest renaissance
(Baltimore, MD - October 1, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano and a host of elected officials and community leaders for the groundbreaking of the new Uplands community. The Uplands Redevelopment Site is one of the premier urban mixed-income neighborhood redevelopment opportunities on the Eastern seaboard today.
“This project will create construction jobs that will help the local economy while increasing the supply of safe, decent, affordable housing for people in Baltimore City," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "The positive impact of housing development and the important role it can play in spurring economic recovery and growth has never been better illustrated than by the development of Uplands.”
Located in southwest Baltimore, the project will consist of more than 1,100 residences in a modern, urban mixed-income housing community that has the convenience of urban living with the amenities of new suburban homes with ample green space. Uplands is ideally situated near downtown Baltimore and with convenient access to I-95 and I-695 for commutes in to Washington, D.C. and to points of interest along the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
“I am excited and encouraged by the bold transformation underway in this community,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “The Uplands community will become a neighborhood of choice and opportunity with high-quality housing opportunities that will attract new residents while enhancing the quality of life for existing residents.”
The new master planned community will be one of Baltimore City’s leading technologically and environmentally advanced developments. Uplands will offer virtually unlimited bandwidth with fiber optics throughout the community. In addition, all residences will be designed and built to meet LEED requirements; upon completion, developers will pursue the LEED-Neighborhood Development designation.
Baltimore Housing has expended approximately $23 million for site acquisition, demolition and remediation. An additional $45 million is budgeted for mass grading, re-aligned roadways, storm water management and utility upgrades to the site. The agency is working closely with the Baltimore Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works to undertake this effort.
The Uplands Redevelopment site groundbreaking also serves as the kick off event for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Housing America Month. The 2010 Housing America Campaign is a year-long effort to inform the public and decision makers about the need to meet the country's affordable housing and community development challenges. NAHRO is the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans.
In January of 2004, Baltimore City (“the City”) acquired the 52.6-acre former Uplands Apartments sites (Site A and B) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The former Uplands site was a failed low-income housing development that was nearly empty at the time of the City’s acquisition. That same year Goody Clancy (GC), a national award winning design and market analysis firm was procured by the City to produce a master plan for the community. With the full engagement of the surrounding community GC created a master plan for the Uplands site. The 2004 master plan incorporated 13 adjacent properties called “the Triangle” and an adjacent portion of the Westside Skills Center parking lot. The New Psalmist Baptist Church and the Gundry Glass sites will be added to the planned community in later phases.
The site will be developed by Uplands Visionaries LLC, which is a public-private real estate development consortium led by Pennrose Properties, LLC and Bozzuto Homes. The $250 million master-planned community is comprised of both for-sale homes and rental apartments, the expansive development signals the renaissance of a prime area of Baltimore City less than one mile from Baltimore County and directly abutting the proposed Red Line Transit Corridor at Edmondson Village. The completed plan calls for the development of 1,100 new units. The entire development site is approximately 100 acres.
Uplands Visionaries, LLC is the master developer and consists of the following
• Pennrose Properties, LLC
• Bozzuto Homes (BA Uplands Homebuilding, LLC)
• Southwest Baltimore Community Development Corporation
• Commercial Interiors (KMJ Uplands, LLC)
• Harrison Development, LLC
• Scientia Uplands, LLC
• Cryor Development, LLC