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West Side project coordinator BDC bound

Brian Greenan was hired by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake three years ago to coordinate projects to help revitalize the West Side.

On Friday the mayor’s office announced: Mission Accomplished.

Well, kind of.

Colin Tarbert, deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development, said the mayor doesn’t intend to fill Greenan’s position once he begins his new job as an economic development officer at the Baltimore Development Corp. Greenan’s job in the mayor’s office was a contract position with a salary of $90,000.

“After three years we feel like the momentum is good on the West Side. We feel like things are moving in the right direction, and that Brian’s role here in the office, in terms of everyday coordinating, it’s a good time to transition to BDC,” Tarbert said.

The West Side has seen some significant investments in recent years. Since Greenan took over the position there has been $950 million in investment of private and public dollars in that section of downtown. It has also been rechristened the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, the Everyman Theatre opened in the community and the BDC has issued several requests for proposals on city-owned vacant properties.

“We have gotten a lot done and we’ve really implemented much of what the Urban Land Institute recommended in its report in 2011,” Tarbert said.