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City poised to approve land sale for 84 new apartments in Park Heights

May 12, 2020

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With the blessing of Baltimore's spending panel, plans could move forward this week for an 84-unit affordable housing development in Park Heights.

The Board of Estimates is due to vote on a land disposition agreement Wednesday that would sell 24 properties for $550,000 to a partnership of Park Heights Renaissance and housing developer Pennrose. The parcels include 4301-4319 Park Heights Ave., 4316 and 4300 Pimlico Road and 2600-2614 Rosewood Ave., plus a handful of other lots nearby.

All are along a main stretch of the neighborhood that once housed a middle-class hub with numerous stores, theaters, streetcar lines and more in Northwest Baltimore, but has been beset for decades by vacancies, crime and blight. The planned apartment building, to be called Renaissance Row, is considered to be one piece of a planned redevelopment of the neighborhood located near Pimlico Race Course.

The board agenda for Wednesday morning says the project will entail demolishing any existing structures on the 24 properties, consolidating the lots and building a new mixed-use, four-story building with 84 affordable units. (The agenda did not specify parameters for "affordable.") It will also include street-level offices for Park Heights Renaissance, plus multi-purpose communal space with newly planted trees, an outdoor courtyard and parking spaces situated between Park Heights Avenue and Pimlico Road.

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