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The State Center is a proposed mixed-use development in downtown Baltimore, massive in scale. It will comprise of residential and state government buildings over nearly 28 acres in the Midtown district of Baltimore. The complex’s size will potentially enable it to connect nine downtown neighborhoods; in its own way this is “sprawl” to alleviate sprawl. The project is a collaborative private-public partnership between State Center LLC and the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore.

The State Center is a proposed mixed-use development in downtown Baltimore, massive in scale. It will comprise of residential and state government buildings over nearly 28 acres in the Midtown district of Baltimore. The complex’s size will potentially enable it to connect nine downtown neighborhoods; in its own way this is “sprawl” to alleviate sprawl. The project is a collaborative private-public partnership between State Center LLC and the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore.

The project plans include the development of 1,500,000 sf of State offices, 583,000 sf of private office space, 1,400 mixed-income housing units and 250,000 sf of retail space. There will also be 2 acres of public green space.

Workers in the State Center location will find new, sustainable and LEED™-certified buildings that are:

  • Commuter-friendly- There will be easy access to various modes of transportation including bus, car, subway and light rail. Accessible walkways for travel on foot will also be built
  • Worker-friendly – Buildings will have well-lit signage and an abundance of natural light sources
  • Community-friendly – there will be spaces designed for gathering, as well retail establishments on-site

The residences will highlight diversity, targeted for mixed-income use, with multi-design options for residents including multi-family condominiums and townhomes, along with single family homes. Streets will be designed to encourage pedestrian activity in an effort to combat traffic congestion. Proximity to the State Center Metro Station and adjacent to the Cultural Light Rail Station will make public transportation easy to use.

Plans for the first phase of the project, estimated to cost $215 million, were announced this past July and approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works. An additional four more phases are scheduled over a span of 15 years. Work on the first phase is schedule to begin this fall.

by Wayne Engebretson

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