City housing project aims to break new ground

Mixed-income complex plan is `bold,' mayor says

August 16, 2002|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

Mayor Martin O'Malley and several other elected officials held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for a 166-unit affordable and mixed-income housing project on Broadway just south of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Broadway Overlook, which will be funded in part by a $21 million federal grant, will be built next to the former Church Hospital and replace the high-rise Broadway Homes complex that were demolished two years ago.

Developer Judy Seigel and partners plan to build a community of brick rowhouses, with trees and lawns in front.

In addition, Church Hospital will be rehabilitated to create 18 apartments with views of the downtown skyline and Inner Harbor.

Of the 132 total rental units, 42 will be subsidized for low-income families, 42 to low-to-moderate income families and 48 for middle-income people willing to pay market rates.

"This bold development will break the mold of traditional mixed-income communities," O'Malley said. "We are setting a high standard with this project and moving away from the desolate, high-rise public housing projects of the past."

The project was made possible in part by a land swap with Johns Hopkins, which will also allow the medical complex to expand.

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