The Mission:

Prior to redevelopment, Inner Harbor East was a vacant and dilapidated former ship off-loading area with a patchwork pattern of public and private ownership not conducive to redevelopment. We directed the initial planning and site design and negotiated the terms of a Land Disposition Agreement for redeveloping the property with the city of Baltimore and its designated redevelopment entity, the Baltimore Development Corporation.

The Solution:

Inner Harbor East is a master planned, residential/commercial waterfront community connecting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor festival marketplace with two nearby historic neighborhoods—Fells Point and Little Italy. Located directly on the Inner Harbor waterfront, this 20-acre, $500 million, 3 million SF mixed-use development features an extensive, $20 million public infrastructure system with all new roadways and utilities, plus a 2,000-foot fully landscaped promenade, a 190-slip marina and several parks.

An important part of the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) was creating a market-driven land plan of eight new readily developable city blocks by extending the existing street grid system from the surrounding neighborhoods into the site. The LDA addresses the timing and purchase prices of the public lands incorporated into the development.

The Details:

The LDA was used to secure public approvals and infrastructure funding for the project. It governs the redevelopment of Inner Harbor East and incorporates a site rezoning, a land re-subdivision, an amendment to the city’s Urban Renewal Plan, and proposed land use and building design standards for the property. The regulations are designed to promote and unify appropriate development while encouraging creative and innovative development proposals and design solutions that will evolve as development continues.