BCCC paying $6.8M for 19 acres

Baltimore City Community College is set to close on its purchase of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System’s Liberty Village Campus, which will help it alleviate parking and one day house a new fine arts center.

The community college will pay $6.8 million for the 18.92-acre property located at 2600 Liberty Heights Ave., across the street from the school. The sale, which could close in two months, would more than double the area of the school’s main Liberty Heights location.

“This is nothing short of a miracle,” said Baltimore City Community College President Dr. Carolane Williams, in a prepared statement.

The Baltimore City Community College’s board of trustees will pay cash for the property. The sale does not affect the residents of Bon Secours Liberty Village senior housing, the school said. The senior building is not a part of the sale and all current resident services will remain intact and uninterrupted.

Bon Secours said the sale, which was approved by the state Board of Public Works last month, will allow the hospital to operate more efficiently, but would lead to the consolidation and relocation of program and services at the campus elsewhere in the system.

“We recognize that this sale will disrupt operations for some of our tenants, co-workers, and community members who use this campus, but we will make every effort to minimize those disruptions,” the hospital wrote on its website.

After the deal closes, the school has no immediate plans to build on the site. It will one day host a new fine and performing arts center, which was authorized by the Board of Public Works.

“We have no immediate plans for how to redevelop the property, but it does give us much more real estate to flexibly expand our academic programs,” Baltimore City Community College spokesman William J. Fleming.

Initially, Baltimore City Community College had planned to renovate an older structure on the main campus for the new fine arts center.

While there are no immediate plans to redevelop the property, it will be used to address an existing problem. Fleming said the property will serve in the interim as overflow parking for the school’s students. Fleming said

“Parking has been a little bit of a problem, we’re kind of land-locked at the main Liberty campus,” Fleming said. “The on-street parking in the area has been taken up by students, and this purchase should take the stress off of that.”