ULI Baltimore’s Content Before Cocktails (CBC) took place on November 16th at the Marriott Residence Inn at 800 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore. Speakers included Cheryl Washington, COO, East Baltimore Development Inc.; Mark Bennett, Sr., Vice President of Land Development and Construction, Greenebaum Enterprises; and Wendell Bush, General Manager, Pyramid Hotel Group.
The opening of this brand new hotel – The Marriott Residence Inn by Johns Hopkins – is the latest milestone of the East Baltimore Redevelopment Project, managed by East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI). This 16-story, 194 room extended stay hotel includes 14,000 sq. ft. of retail space and parking, a lobby bar and guest reception area featuring complimentary breakfast. This hotel is designed to accommodate patients and guests from Johns Hopkins Hospital next door.
The gathering was at the rooftop bar and restaurant (16 on the Park) with indoor and outdoor terrace seating with superb views of the surrounding EBDI project and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Pyramid Hotel Group generously and graciously served the well-attended CBC delicious and beautifully presented complimentary food and beverages. Tours provided through several hotel rooms, and a construction video played throughout the evening showing the building process as it was being built.
Cheryl Washington, COO of EBDI, shared the goals and approaches to the East Baltimore Redevelopment Project, an ambitious plan to stabilize and revitalize an 88-acre area adjacent to the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. The plan envisions a mixed-use community of new and rehabilitated homes, commercial office and lab space, retail, and a new K-8 community school all anchored by a 5-acre park. To date over 600,000 sq. ft. of office/lab space, 10,000 sq. ft. of retail, and over 500 units for sale and rental housing have been completed. Eager Park, which includes a pavilion, amphitheater, playfields and a children’s playground, opened this summer.