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Three proposals offered for West Side development

A request for proposals to redevelop 10 vacant city-owned properties on the West Side received three responses, according to the Baltimore Development Corp.

Joann Logan, a spokeswoman for the quasi-governmental development agency, said in an email she could not immediately release the names of organizations that responded to what the request for proposal dubbed the Liberty Clay Marion properties.

“With regard to Liberty Clay Marion, three proposals were received — will soon be under review,” Logan wrote in an email.

The Liberty Clay Marion properties were one of two request for proposals the BDC released in February seeking developers to rehabilitate and reuse properties on the West Side of downtown. Responses to the request had to be submitted by May 20.

The Liberty Clay Marion project was the most extensive of the two. It includes a parking lot valued at $1.1 million, and all of the properties are in a two-block radius with Park Avenue on the west, Cathedral Street to the east, Clay Street to the north and West Fayette Street to the south. Combined, the properties are valued at a total of $3.38 million.

“The revitalization of the West Side is critical to growing the city forward,” Brenda McKenzie, BDC president and CEO, said in a news release announcing the request for proposals. “Our goal is a vibrant, multidimensional neighborhood, with diverse commercial and residential options.”

Last month responses for Franklin Howard — the second West Side request for proposal released in February — drew one response from a group calling itself Howard Street Incubator LLC. That request included three vacant city-owned buildings in the 400 block of North Howard Street valued at $1.3 million. Logan wrote in an email that the proposal was still under review.

The city has been trying to revitalize the West Side of downtown for years. But recent developments, such as the opening of the Everyman Theatre, the UniverCity Partnership between the city and the University of Maryland, Baltimore and rebranding the area as the Bromo District, has helped foster a sense of momentum.

Also a March decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that the rebidding of the $1.5 billion State Center project was competitive cleared the way for the massive mixed-use development on the West Side to move forward.