Real Estate

Baltimore’s “Old Town” Up For Major Renewal by Developers

There’s major plans in store for 16 vacant acres of Baltimore that will become apartments, affordable housing, grocery and new retail. The city’s “Old Town” area in the East, the former home of the Old Town Mall, Kaufman’s Department Store and the former Belair Market, has been targeted by a local developer group for a major renewal and redevelopment project.




The group, made up by Beatty Development Group, Henson Development Group, Commercial Corp., and Philadelphia-based affordable housing management firm Mission First Housing, control several sites that surround the Old Town Mall and former Somerset Courts housing complex. The group does not control the buildings that make up the Old Town Mall itself.

Plans include an overall goal to redevelop and reconnect the existing sites to the Johns Hopkins medical campus. Redevelopment includes a 45,000 sq. ft. public park, 40,000 sq. ft. grocery store, and over 76,000 sq. ft. of new residential development. Construction could begin in late 2017.

The Baltimore riot of 1968 occurred in this immediate area. The zone was completely rebuilt in the 1970’s, but has deteriorated in the time since.


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