St. Agnes Hospital unveils new plans at Gibbons Commons groundbreaking

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Baltimore, Md. – May 5, 2015 – Today at the future site of Gibbons Commons, Saint Agnes Hospital, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system, celebrated the groundbreaking of the community with Bon Secours Gibbons Apartments as the first project to begin construction. St. Agnes also announced that Royal Farms, Kibby’s Restaurant & Lounge and the Y of Central Maryland are new partners of the 32-acre mixed-use community.

“When St. Agnes purchased the Cardinal Gibbons High School property from the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2012, we had an ambitious vision to create a truly valuable community asset that would improve local residents’ quality of life,” said Bonnie Phipps, Group Operating Executive, SVP, Ascension Health. “Thanks to the commitment and collaboration of our partners, we are excited to see the first phase of our vision begin to materialize into Gibbons Commons.”

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System is the first partner to break ground on the property, beginning construction on Bon Secours Gibbons Apartments. Upon completion, the four-story Bon Secours Gibbons Apartments will offer 80 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments; community and recreational space; and parking for all residents. Bon Secours will begin accepting lease applications from qualified residents in the fall of 2015.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Gibbons Commons and know that this new community asset will truly complement our efforts to provide safe, affordable housing to the community,” said Samuel L. Ross, M.D., M.S., CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. “Access to quality healthcare, affordable housing, recreational opportunities and nutritious food are key factors that address the social determinants of health and Gibbons Commons has that all rolled into one dynamic community. We look forward to the progression of the property and to opening Bon Secours Gibbons Apartments in Spring 2016.”

Catholic Charities of Baltimore is also exploring plans to provide housing and a host of related services at Gibbons Commons. The nonprofit is considering plans to build two- and three-bedroom apartments for intergenerational families including a wide range of complementary services to support grandparents who have assumed responsibility for raising their grandchildren.

Grounded in the need to provide the southwest Baltimore area with a safe and healthy place to live, work, play and learn, Gibbons Commons will not only provide community housing, but also food options, green and recreational space and office space.

Additional details about the Gibbons Commons project include these new and continuing updates:

  • Royal Farms has agreed to terms in partnering at Gibbons Commons and will provide affordable, fresh food options to the community through its Fresh Kitchen, including high quality salads, fresh deli items, custom-built sandwiches, breakfast combos and more. The southwest Baltimore community continues to experience high rates of preventable diseases (such as cardiovascular disease and obesity). St. Agnes anticipates that providing a readily available healthy food option on campus, such as Royal Farms’ Fresh Kitchen, will give community residents the opportunity to make smarter nutritional choices that could lead to better overall health. The 5,371 square-foot Royal Farms will offer indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a full gas station. It is expected to open in late 2016.
  • Kibby’s Restaurant & Lounge, the notable Catonsville-based restaurant, is relocating from its current Wilkens Avenue location and moving to Gibbons Commons to serve the community. The new restaurant will be between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet and will be transformed into a modern sports themed restaurant celebrating Babe Ruth’s legacy. The owner, Shawn Casserly, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to partner at Gibbons Commons and plans to open the restaurant in 2017. Hours are anticipated to remain the same at the new location: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

A large portion of the property will be dedicated to recreational and green space, including: the Babe Ruth Field where Babe Ruth played as a young man, the Cardinal Gibbons gym and a commemorative courtyard honoring Cardinal Gibbons High School and its alumni.

  • Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has been working with St. Agnes since 2013 on a plan to preserve and enhance the Babe Ruth Field. The field will be positioned on the exact site where Ruth played in the early 1900s, and will be expanded to provide space for community residents to play baseball, football and lacrosse. The foundation has set a goal to build Youth Development Parks across the country, providing at-risk youth with clean, safe places to play and learn. The Babe Ruth Field is intended to inspire young people in the community and help educate them about leadership, work ethic, responsibility and healthy living.
  • The Y of Central Maryland will manage Babe Ruth Field and work closely with the Cal Ripken Sr., Foundation to support youth and sports programming, encouraging activity and exercise within the community. The Y’s commitment to developing the full potential of every individual aligns with the overall vision of Gibbons Commons, which led them to begin a review and fundraising process for greater involvement. The Y is also considering the opportunity to renovate the 30,000-square-foot Cardinal Gibbons gym into a full service family center, including a warm water pool, a gymnasium and full cardio and strength fitness floor, group exercise rooms, multi-purpose family/youth space, locker rooms and community gathering space.
  • To recognize and permanently honor the history of Cardinal Gibbons High School, St. Agnes is working with Cardinal Gibbons alumni to develop a commemorative courtyard at the Grotto.

Additionally, the Weber House, one of the original buildings on the property, is zoned for 25,000 – 50,000 square feet of office space to include St. Agnes administrative associates, restaurant (Kibby’s) and retail, all projected for opening in 2017.

The development team on the Gibbons Commons community includes: Whiting Turner (contractor), RTKL (architect) and Obrecht Properties (developer).

About Gibbons Commons

Gibbons Commons is a vibrant, 32-acre, mixed-use community, being developed and designed by St. Agnes Hospital at the site of the former Cardinal Gibbons High School, in order to provide Southwest Baltimore residents with a safe and healthy place to live, work, play and learn. The project will provide green space, community services, recreational facilities, and community housing and is expected to phase openings through 2017.

About St. Agnes Hospital

Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, St. Agnes Hospital is a 264-bed hospital that recently completed a $200 million-plus expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. St. Agnes is the oldest operating Catholic hospital in Baltimore and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. St. Agnes is known for its leadership in medical advancements, including creating the first Chest Pain Emergency Department in the world, being the first in Maryland to bring tomotherapy treatment to cancer care and leading Maryland in weight loss surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the Cancer Institute; Cardiovascular Institute; Maryland Metabolic Institute; Orthopaedic & Spine Institute; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and The Bunting Health Institute for Women & Children.

About Ascension

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering person-centered care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. In FY2014, Ascension provided $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. More than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 23 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

About Bon Secours Baltimore Health System

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System (BSHSI) serves the West Baltimore community with a comprehensive array of services including an 88 bed acute care hospital with medical and surgical services, comprehensive behavioral health services, same day surgery, imaging, a large outpatient dialysis program, over 26,000 emergency department visits a year, more than 4,700 discharges annually, an HIV/AIDS care and treatment program, more than 700 affordable housing units in six senior and two family housing centers, numerous community outreach programs for men, women, expectant mothers, children, teenagers and seniors. More than 780 people are employed by Bon Secours Baltimore Health System.

The mission of the Health System is to provide compassionate, quality health care and to be “Good Help®” to those in need in West Baltimore.

Source: St. Agnes Hospital

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