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    Neighborhood Center

    GLA: ~30,000 - 125,000 SF Trade Area: 3 miles Number of Tenants: 1+ anchor tenant; 5-20 tenants + pads
    • Anchored by supermarket or discount department store
    • Usually configured in a strip of single-loaded inline retail in the shape of a bar, "L,” or "U"
    • Often incorporate standalone retail pads

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    Northwood Commons

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    Repairing relationships through redevelopment

    Northwood Commons in Baltimore is located adjacent to Morgan State University, the largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Maryland. Much of its history is steeped in the Civil Rights Movement, such as Reads Drugstore, the site of the first successful sit-in protests in the country. However, beginning in the 70s and 80s, the center was plagued with violent civil unrest culminating in the 2008 murder of a local council member. From there the likability of the center within the community continued to deteriorate. These challenges resulted in distrust among stakeholders–the city, the school, and the site owner.

    Through the introduction of additional development partners, a strong foundation of economic and emotional support from the city and state, and countless honest conversations between the developers and Morgan State, construction began in 2018. Given the nature of the existing site structures and the project’s scale, various funding sources were used. The development team also addressed concerns about zoning and the construction of the site. Throughout the development process, the relationship with Morgan State was strengthened. A carefully selected tenant mix addresses many aspects of the Northwood community, such as demographics, socioeconomics, and long-standing challenges.

    The result was a step in the right direction towards a repaired relationship between the owner and the community and a beacon of the neighborhood being restored into a community-serving destination.