Demolition work is expected to begin within days to clear 500 vacant properties from a 31-acre site north of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions to make way for the first phase of housing construction near a planned life sciences and technology park in the New East Baltimore Community.
P & J Contracting Company, Inc., a minority-owned contractor, will perform the $8 million demolition project, East Baltimore Development Inc. announced last week. EBDI is the nonprofit organization overseeing the development of the life sciences park and neighborhood revitalization.
“This is very good news,” said GBC president Donald C. Fry. “With the start of demolition, work will be fully underway on both the housing and bioscience facility elements of this landmark project. Strengthening the development of the region’s life sciences business sector is a top strategic priority for the Greater Baltimore Committee.”
Ground was broken on April 17 for the first biosciences building at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. The 282,000 square-foot building at 855 N. Wolfe Street will house the first of more than 1 million square feet of laboratory and research space to be developed in Phase One of the project.
Phase One plans call for 1.1 million square feet of lab and research facilities, 850 residential units and up to 80,000 square feet of retail space.
The entire New East Baltimore Community project will ultimately include more than 2 million square feet of lab and research facilities and more than 1,200 new or rehabbed housing units.
EBDI press release announcing the start of demolition