The Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins serves as the economic anchor for the transformation of the surrounding community.
A Successful Public-Private Partnership and Revitalized Urban Neighborhood
The Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins anchors the revitalization of the 88-acre East Baltimore neighborhood. Forest City is the master developer with Presidential Partners, a minority-business consortium of Baltimore-based developers.
“This is a very audacious and visionary plan…. It provides pathways to get ideas to the marketplace where they can impact populations that are in need of the products and services we can develop. These ideas come with the prospect of new firms, new industry and new jobs”.
- Ron Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins
The re-energized East Baltimore neighborhood is being created by the Forest City Development partnership supported by the commitments of Johns Hopkins Medicine and a broad base of City, State, and charitable funds. These include East Baltimore Development Inc., the City of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, and funding from the Anna E Casey foundation, the Goldseker Foundation, and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
To make way for the project and clear an initial 31 acres, 584 families were relocated. The mission of this ambitious 20-year $1.8 billion public-private partnership is to rebuild and re-populate the neighborhood north of the JHM hospital campus into a diverse, mixed-use, mixed-income district.
The Master Plan vision includes:
- 2,100 residences, apartments, as well as graduate student housing surrounding parks and open spaces
- more than a million square feet of state of art R&D and entrepreneurial tech park facilities
- A hotel, retail shops + restaurants, and structured parking.
The vision for the re-energized East Baltimore neighborhood is well under way:
Housing, School, Park + Shopping
- 215 new and renovated elderly + workforce rental housing units, row houses.
- The Townes at Eager Park: 49 for sale town houses.
- Supporting accessibility, mass transit, bicycle friendly + environmental sustainability.
- 560-bed graduate student housing tower for graduate students, post-docs, faculty and staff of the university + the general public.
- Henderson Hopkins K-8 partnership school and Weinberg Early Childhood Center, the first new school in Baltimore for 25 years, operated by Johns Hopkins School of Education in partnership with Morgan State University contracting with Baltimore City Public Schools.
- Eager Park, a five and a half-acre, three-block linear green space-- programmed activities including a farmers market live music, flexible stage + daily yoga classes
- Retail, convenience store, restaurants + Walgreens drug store.
Supporting lab requirements of early-stage to mature life science organizations.
Knowledge Cluster Research Facilities + Parking
- John G Rangos Sr silver LEED 277,000 SF research facility anchored by Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical. These include the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Hopkins Brain Science Institute, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, several private biotech companies, a preclinical contract research organization, and a laboratory services company Spectrum Bio-sciences.
- Berman Institute of Bioethics, redevelopment of the historic former police station.
- 235,000SF Leed Silver Maryland Public Health and Mental Hygiene Laboratory
- 1,450 car parking garage
- 1812 Ashland, a 165,000SF tech innovation hub for growing life science companies including Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and the Johns Hopkins FastForward incubator.
- Gateway including a 194-room Marriott Residence Inn with a retail component, restaurants, and fitness center opening in 2017.
Knowledge Cluster Economic + Neighborhood Strategy
- Leveraging proximity to the Johns Hopkins medical complex into a stronger economic driver for East Baltimore residents and businesses while growing the life sciences industry of Baltimore.
- Replacing aging, obsolete, lead-filled houses, 70% of which were vacant, with new units of mixed income rental and sale that meet the needs of today’s families.
- Ensuring that families directly affected by the redevelopment be treated more fairly, supportively, and respectfully than has yet been the case in other urban revitalization efforts across the country.
- Creating a Science and Technology Park R & D facilities within the neighborhood fostering Medical school and physician medical research
- Collaboration with biotech and pharma companies, acceleration of new drugs from the bench top to the bedside, and promoting new company formation and growth and employment opportunities.
- Providing customized technical training programs, to enhance skill levels and enable more of Baltimore’s workforce to meet the requirements of companies locating in the Park.
- Strengthening the neighborhood with schools, cultural institutions, parks, shopping and amenities that will encourage former residents to return and new residents to settle in this community.