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Residence Inn approved for Hopkins’ East Baltimore site

Residence Inn approved for Hopkins’ East Baltimore site

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Baltimore’s architecture review panel approved the design for a proposed 200,000-square-foot hotel at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore, a 31-acre research campus north of the renowned hospital.

The Urban Design and Architecture Review panel approved the design for the 198-room hotel at the corner of Ashland and North Wolfe streets. The hotel will be called the Marriott Residence Inn at Johns Hopkins Medical Campus and is expected to cost about $81 million and will include about 20,000 square feet of retail. The hotel is being developed by LSH GE Gateway 2 LLC.

Scott Levitan, senior vice president, development director for master developer Forrest City-New East Baltimore Partnership, said officials intend to break ground on the project in late September and it’s expected to be delivered at the beginning of 2017.

The 15-story hotel is also referred to as the Hopkins Gateway Hotel will also feature a 3,500 square-foot rooftop bar and 6,000 square feet of outdoor terrace. The hotel will be at the end of the 5.5 acre three-block-long Eager Park that construction is expected to begin on this year.

Levitan estimated development of the Science + Technology Park is currently only about a third of the way complete. The park is already home to projects such as the J. Mehsen Joseph Public Health Laboratory, a $170 million six-story public health research facility run by the state.

Panelists had some minor complaints about the hotel’s design but were supportive of changes made to the project since their last review of the plans.

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