Christopher Shea, the deputy commissioner for development who played a key role in some of the biggest revitalization initiatives planned or under way by Baltimore's housing department, has left the city agency to become the chief real estate officer for the nonprofit overseeing the east-side renewal effort centered around a biotech park.
Shea began work this week at East Baltimore Development Inc. but said he would be available for consultation on other city projects he worked on - a list that includes Uplands in Southwest Baltimore, Barclay and Claremont-Freedom Village.
"I don't see this as walking away from the city," said Shea, who noted that he spent a lot of his time in the housing department on the city-sponsored east-side project. "I see it as a continuation of the city's efforts to revitalize East Baltimore neighborhoods."
Shea said his departure from his $136,000-a-year position was unrelated to the change in administrations at City Hall.
Shea joined the city's housing department in 2002 and was named deputy commissioner for development three years later.
He was praised yesterday by Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano and Andrew Frank, the city's deputy mayor for economic development. "We're just happy that he's staying in the city," Frank said.
At East Baltimore Development, Shea will help oversee the completion of the first phase of the $1 billion project north of the Johns Hopkins medical complex.