Uplands, a new, $238 million residential community located in Baltimore, officially opened its gates to the public on Monday, June 3. Community leaders and elected officials attended the grand opening ceremony at 4501 Edmondson Avenue. Among them, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mark H. Dambly, president of Pennrose Properties, LLC, Tom Bozzuto, chairman and CEO of The Bozzuto Group, Maryland Secretary of Housing and Community Development Raymond A. Skinner, and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano.
The project was developed by Uplands Visionaries, LLC, a public-private real estate development consortium managed by Pennrose Properties, LLC and consisting of Bozzuto Homes, Cryor Development, LLC, Harrison Development, LLC, KMJ Uplands, LLC, Scientia Uplands, LLC, and Southwest Baltimore Community Development Corporation, Inc. Work on the project started in October, 2010. The new development has replaced the old Uplands Apartments, a community of 979 publicly subsidized apartments built by Baltimore developer Ralph Chiaro in 1948 and acquired by the city in 2004 from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The master-planned community is located on the south side of Edmondson Avenue, between Old Frederick Road and North Athol Avenue, near downtown Baltimore. It was developed on 63 acres and encompasses 761 residences, including townhomes and semi-detached residences, as well apartment homes with one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans. Amenities include a community clubhouse, computer lab, fitness center, meeting rooms, walking trails and community parks.
The new Uplands will provide both affordable and market-rate housing to a diverse group of buyers and renters. In a press statement, design architect David Dixon describes the new Uplands as “an urban village that would lift up the area and resemble Roland Park, with trees, grass and winding lanes.” Designed as an environmentally friendly community, the project is expected to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-Neighborhood Development certification.
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