I am writing to you from Bloomberg International Economic Zone 2 North America-----formerly known as Baltimore, Maryland USA.
This week I would like to expand on the real estate capture by global real estate investment firms by looking at residential real estate capture. I have spoken much about the downtown and city center corporate real estate and infrastructure handed to global corporations----but a FOXCONN-style International Economic Zone also controls how its labor force lives-----all of the residential property as well.
THAT IS WHAT AUTOCRATIC SOCIETIES DO----CONTROL EVERY AVENUE OF LIFE AS IN BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND.
Many people may not know The Peabody Institute of Music and the Maryland Institute College for the Arts were world-class independent institutions that were gobbled up by Johns Hopkins in their real estate development grab. Now, don't tell anyone but these institutions never wanted to be gobbled up-----they were forced from declining funding all caused by Hopkins along with the starving of communities all around Baltimore but especially city center. The MASTER PLAN DESIGNED IN THE 1980s led to the crumbling neighborhoods and this HOPKINS AS SAVIOR OF CITY DEVELOPMENT. Hopkins trashes the city, steals all the Federal, state, and local revenue to become a global corporation and then comes back to rebuild the city in its own image. HOW TOTALITARIAN OF THEM.
Hopkins declared its institutions as ANCHORS FOR DEVELOPMENT----so, we have EasT Baltimore Development at the Hopkins Medical campus, Homewood Development as Hopkins' Central Academic Campus, Maryland Institute College of Art as Hopkins in Central Baltimore along with Peabody Institution as Hopkins at Mount Vernon. So, the entire development of a massive city center is in the hands of Hopkins real estate developers with the greater Baltimore communities slated to be the factory/manufacturing sector of this Hopkins FOXCONN.
Keep in mind all of these communities were literally allowed to fall to decay as the GIANT SQUID THAT IS HOPKINS/WALL STREET SUCKED ALL OF THE WEALTH AND REVENUE FROM THE CITY.
Every avenue of funding for development growth----from Federal, state, and local government funding to private corporations 'donating' to this city growth now go directly to a Hopkins development corporation and not to city coffers where it might be sent to other communities with people wanting their own development ideas-----IT IS CRAZY STUFF! John Hopkins is MICA is PEABODY INSTITUTION SO ACTING AS IF THIS IS CROSS-INSTITUTION COOPERATION IS PROPAGANDA.
Johns Hopkins, MICA put down roots in Station North Arts and Entertainment District
Brennen Jensen / Nov-Dec 2014 Posted in Arts+Culture
Thomas Dolby, the first Homewood Professor of the Arts, in the former Center Theatre, which next fall will house the Johns Hopkins–MICA Film Center. Of the revitalization of the Station North neighborhood, Dolby says, “Given the broader implications for the city of Baltimore and the state, it’s a much grander project than I’ve been involved with in the past. It’s exciting.” Image: DAVE COOPER
Related Articles Station North film center gift Nov-Dec 2014 / Gazette It's noisy and dusty up on the second floor of 10 E. North Ave., the century-old building about a mile south of the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus whose sleek (if somewhat battered) moderne facade of contrasting travertine and soapstone dates to the 1939 opening of the erstwhile Centre Theatre here. The voluminous, three-story structure between Charles and St. Paul streets had begun life as a garage for Packards and Studebakers and in the late 1950s was ignobly carved up into banking offices. Then came vacancy and decay.
On this fall afternoon, however, power tools roar away and welding sparks rain down as scores of construction workers endeavor to repurpose it for its latest role: a cutting-edge film and audio facility to be co-managed by Johns Hopkins and the Maryland Institute College of Art. There's really not much to see within the bare brick walls at present, and it's so loud you can barely hear yourself think, but come next fall, this is precisely where Hopkins and MICA students will gather to think about the artistic pairing of sights and sounds.
Hopkins and MICA are sharing the $10 million cost for an initial 10-year lease of the entire, roughly 25,000-square-foot, second floor and a build-out to include recording studio, soundstage, screening rooms, editing suites, and classrooms. The collaboration is to be known as the Johns Hopkins–MICA Film Center. (The building's other tenants, at this writing, are a nonprofit jewelry-making center, neighborhood revitalization charities, and a pair of restaurants.)
The din doesn't deter Thomas Dolby, the 1980s synth-pop icon turned soundtrack composer turned audio entrepreneur—and most recently, turned Johns Hopkins' first Homewood Professor of the Arts. He strides amid the cacophony unfazed, enjoying his first in-the-flesh look at what will eventually be his domain. A dapper fedora temporarily swapped out for a hard hat, the English-born professor scans architectural drawings as he explores the bustling space. It seems he could add design consultant to his resumé.
"Initially, the recording layout was not really ideal," he manages to say above the noise, a hand sweeping across the drawings. "Along with the recording arts folks from Peabody, we sort of stuck our noses in and made some suggestions about the recording studio orientation and so on."
From windows in the building's southwest corner (glassless at this point) you can easily see the buff-brick Parkway Theatre a block away. This long-neglected 1915 movie palace is slated for a $17 million renovation into a three-screen, 600-seat film center by the Maryland Film Festival, a nonprofit organization celebrating the cinematic arts. It, too, will have facilities for Hopkins and MICA film students, and the schools will be able to do some programming within, hosting visiting filmmakers and the like. The Hopkins Development Office is busily assisting the Film Festival with fundraising efforts. Construction crews could be at work by summer.
"It's going to be amazing here—just fantastic," Dolby says. "I can't help thinking it's all going to trigger big changes in the neighborhood."
In a very real sense, these sentiments have been part of the plan all along.
The Centre and Parkway theaters are in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, a roughly 20-block chunk of midtown where state tax breaks and other incentives aimed to spur artistic activity have already brought some big changes to an area long scarred by vacancy and disinvestment. Since the area's arts designation in 2002, boards have come off windows and lights turned back on as galleries, performance venues, and arts-oriented restaurants and cafés have bloomed. The Maryland Institute, whose campus adjoins the district to the southwest, was the first large institution to get involved, when it opened its five-story Graduate Studio Center in a vacant clothing factory on North Avenue in 2012. And now it's Hopkins' turn.
"A lot had to happen before Station North became a good place for Hopkins and MICA, and fortunately it did," says Charles Duff, president of Jubilee Baltimore, the nonprofit development and revitalization firm that owns the Centre and will soon break ground in the district on its second apartment building offering affordable artist housing. "Still, the idea of a Homewood academic department moving to North Avenue? I never dreamed of that in a million years, and it's very exciting."
"Hopkins and MICA don't make decisions on a whim," adds Ben Stone, president of Station North Arts and Entertainment Inc., the nonprofit that oversees and promotes the district's artistic development. "When they invest in a building and move programs into it, you know they are going to be there long term. It sends a positive message to others interested in investing here that things really are moving in a different direction."
Andrew Frank, special adviser to Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels on economic development matters, says the university is committed to supporting Station North in multiple ways. One, he says, is the big ticket: "The university is collaborating with MICA to create a small campus for Hopkins that's about halfway between Peabody and Homewood to try and connect them through a strong spine up Charles Street."
Repurposing two hulking and vacant theaters can only spur additional economic activity and vitality in the area. "I know a lot of people in Station North are interested in more daytime foot traffic, which the students will bring, and that will be great," says Stone, mindful of the many vacant storefronts and underutilized properties remaining within the district.
This economic development argument for investing in the district is in keeping with the Homewood Community Partners Initiative, a collaborative effort with area stakeholders and civic leaders that the university launched two years ago to improve conditions within 10 neighborhoods near Homewood; included in its footprint are Charles North and Greenmount West, which make up much of Station North. Johns Hopkins has pledged $10 million—and the partnership has raised an additional $14 million—to support activities and projects that strengthen the 10 communities.
A more low-key example of Hopkins' involvement lies right across the street from the Parkway at the northwest corner of Charles Street and North Avenue. A burned-out building was pulled down here a few years ago, leaving an unsightly trash-strewn lot in a prominent location. Frank says that the university, as an "anchor institution," can impact the community in ways large and small. An example of the latter occurred last year when President Daniels and he arranged to have dinner with the lot's owner, a prominent property owner in the district, to discuss the university's increased interest in the area. "More specifically, we asked for him to lease the lot to Station North on a short-term basis so that they could use it for outdoor events," Frank says.
From this casual dinner came the Ynot Lot, an unsightly patch of rubble reborn as an open-air performance venue and impromptu park, with a small wooden stage and decorative murals. Its creation was also fueled by a $25,000 Spruce Up Grant from the Homewood Community Partners Initiative and set in motion last fall when Daniels and student volunteers cleaned and seeded the lot during the annual President's Day of Service. It's now used for a range of activities—from musical performances to yoga classes to badminton matches—and Station North is currently soliciting proposals from artists and performers for additional uses. While Stone says nothing would make him happier than to be kicked off the lot because the owner was going to build on it, for now an eyesore has become an artistic asset.
Such revitalizations have a ripple effect: As the neighborhood gets better looking and more bustling, public safety improves, and more and more business and cultural amenities set up shop, bolstering the momentum anew. There already appears to be a pent-up demand for more housing in the district. But beyond economic redevelopment, there are academic reasons that Hopkins planted its flag in Station North, and they go back to well before the hammers and saws got busy on North Avenue and the university hired a rock-star professor.
"Filmmaking is a team sport," says Patrick Wright, chair of MICA's Film and Video Department and director of its new MFA in Filmmaking program. "It requires all different kinds of key creative positions to make a great film, from sound folks to writers to cinematographers. I think this gives us the opportunity to bring all these kinds of students together."
There are two collaborative tracks here. One is intra-institutional, involving student filmmakers in the Krieger School's Homewood-based Program in Film and Media Studies and student composers and recording engineers from the Peabody Institute, who have been coming together in a class called Sound on Film for five years now (and which Dolby took over this fall). "From my perspective, this was all student-driven," says Hollis Robbins, chair of the Department of Humanities at Peabody. "It was the students who asked for a film sound class."
Meanwhile, inter-institutional collaboration between Hopkins and MICA film departments was bubbling away, too. In its 20 years of existence, the Hopkins Film and Media Studies Program has grown into one of the most popular and successful within the humanities, with its graduates working in all facets of the industry. But how to take it to the next level and raise its profile further?
"Two programs are just better than one," says Linda DeLibero, director of the Hopkins Film and Media Studies Program, of the decision dating back as far as 2005 to begin working with her counterparts over at MICA. "They have faculty that complement ours, and I think their students complement ours. Theirs are art students and dedicated filmmakers, while ours come from broader backgrounds. Some of our students don't know they are going to major in film until they get to Hopkins and discover the program."
The two schools' first collaborative film class, Narrative Production, was held in 2008. (DeLibero notes that former Arts and Sciences Dean Katherine Newman, who left Johns Hopkins last spring, strongly supported the collaborations and was later quite bullish on her school's involvement with Station North.)
The initial opportunity to physically unite these diverse student bodies came two years ago, when the Maryland Film Festival moved to acquire the boarded-up Parkway Theatre from the city. Both MICA and Hopkins agreed to move some film programming into the theater and the pair of adjacent row houses included with the property. As exciting as this prospect was, it quickly became apparent that there just wasn't enough room for all the facilities that a conjoined film program would require. Cutting up the ornate, if faded, main auditorium space was not an option.
As it turned out, Jubilee Baltimore's Centre Theatre—barely a block away—soon emerged as a viable alternative. The long-neglected building had been awarded $6 million in historic tax credits to help spur its restoration. While its conversion to offices 50-odd years ago destroyed its stylish 1930s auditorium, the rangy building offered plenty of rehab opportunities, even, quite fortuitously, a high-ceilinged soundstage area from days when it also housed a radio station.
Meanwhile, on the academic-funding front, in May 2013 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Johns Hopkins a $1.2 million grant to spur collaboration between Peabody and the Krieger School—specifically, to engage jointly appointed "bridge" professors with a foot on each campus. A portion of these funds was earmarked for hiring a designated professor for the Sound on Film class. The position was advertised in a variety of academic outlets, and Thomas Dolby responded in January from his native England.
DeLibero and Scott Metcalfe, chair of Peabody's Recording Arts and Sciences Department and another big advocate of the collaborative approach, never imagined that the ad would attract such a notable industry figure. Robbins recalls DeLibero's excited words when she shared with her Dolby's emailed application: "Look at this! Can you believe it? This can really take off!"
Back in the Centre building construction zone, in the quietest corner to be found, Dolby picks up the tale of how he chose to come to teach in Baltimore. He and his American wife, actress Kathleen Beller, had previously lived for a long stretch in California and wanted to return to the States. Dolby, who had grown up amid academia as the son, grandson, and great-grandson of professors at Oxford and Cambridge, was looking for teaching opportunities on the East Coast. Some larger film and audio programs piqued his interest, but he selected Hopkins specifically because the new film/sound partnership and cutting-edge facility could take an already thriving program into bold, new waters. He'd also seen the arts help revive and enliven old port cities back home, such as Liverpool and Glasgow. Baltimore's prospects were enticing. "It's a blank canvas, really, and that's exciting to me," he says.
The newly minted professor, who has five albums of original music under his belt, says he has long made peace with his invariably being linked to the quirky, new wave–era song "She Blinded Me With Science," his top-five hit of 32 years ago.
"I've gotten used to it," Dolby says. "It's good to have a point of recognition, and, fortunately, the other stuff that I've done in my career closely follows on it." After his brush with pop stardom, he composed soundtracks for A-list directors like George Lucas and Barry Levinson and channeled his pioneering work with synthesizers into a Silicon Valley startup whose audio technology wound up in half the world's cellphones. And two years ago, he shot and edited his first film, the award-winning short documentary The Invisible Lighthouse about the decommissioning of a beloved beacon near his boyhood home on the South of England coast.
But in a way, his career arc has come full circle, from pop star to his present role as instructor of the pivotal duality of sight and sound on the screen. It was the playful video for "She Blinded Me With Science," wherein Dolby is seen visiting a home for deranged scientists, and its heavy rotation on then-fledgling MTV that really birthed the hit.
"I managed to persuade my record company to put up the money for me to make the video myself, and I showed them a story board, which they approved," Dolby says. "When they asked when they could hear the song, I said, 'Well, Monday,' and I went home and wrote it. I was pretty much writing a soundtrack for the storyboard when I wrote that song."
Now the professor whose talents took him from the pop charts to Hollywood and Silicon Valley has set his sights on midtown Baltimore and its work-in-progress arts district. It may be his biggest challenge yet.
"This is a very different opportunity," he says, looking out a glassless window at a streetscape in transition. "I think, given the broader implications for the city of Baltimore and the state, it's a much grander project than I've been involved with in the past. It's exciting."
I like attending events by Baltimore Jubilee as with any of Hopkins' development non-profits because they are sooooo enamoured in their own ability to vision for the city and they have this sense of entitlement that makes BLUE BLOOD sound like a warm and fuzzy social group. You hear joking about the latest Wall Street fraud of trillions of dollars which is of course what is funding all of this Hopkins as International Economic Zone----OUR MONEY. Then you hear about how the people with money get to decide what development looks like as I remind them that all of the institutions involved in this development are bankrupt and criminal with the public simply waiting to get their money back....imagine a group of people that think stealing money makes them wealthy?
Then you listen about how back in the day lawyers were all rich----all of the building surrounding Baltimore City Hall were filled with wealthy lawyers and I remind them that the lawyers that facilitated these massive corporate frauds ----AND THEY WERE CENTRAL AND MARYLAND LAWYERS LED THE NATION IN BEING INVOLVED IN THESE FRAUDS----and indeed they are now wealthy---are criminals that will have their wealth seized as fraud and need not think of themselves with prestige.
Baltimore's BLUE BLOODS are of course wealthy from one long history of fraud and corruption and have no ability to know right and wrong which does not bode well for gentrification with justice! WE CALL THEM THE WHITE GUERRILLA GANG BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME AS THE CRIPS AND BLOODS. This is the reason this development is so bad for everyone.
Centre Theatre houses all of the corporations and non-profits that will make Baltimore City Center North into the same big corporate campus as was East Baltimore this time with art as industry. MICA was transformed from a classical art as art College to art as industry a few decades ago in anticipation of all this. So, MICA now has 'public schools' attached to it that deal with graphic art for advertisement, fashion design for the garment industry, and technology as interior design=====one long K-career college tied to these art industries and all connected to Johns Hopkins.
TELESIS CORPORATION IS A GLOBAL REAL ESTATE FIRM BEING HANDED THE ENTIRE TRACT OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY BETWEEN MICA AND HOPKINS WEST. GUESS WHAT THE GOAL OF NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES WILL BE?
Centre Theatre nears reopening Caption The Centre
Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun
Centre Theatre to again light up North Avenue
Costly renovation of Centre Theatre nears completion When Baltimore developer Charlie Duff placed the winning bid on a vacant former theater in Station North, it looked like the possible setting of an Indiana Jones movie: Green mold grew on surfaces throughout the building, a tree sprouted through the middle of a staircase.
Baltimore signs: Night and day Three years and $18.5 million later, the Centre remains a place where movies might be made — but now as renovated offices set to house film departments for the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Johns Hopkins University, among other tenants.
On Tuesday, Duff's nonprofit development firm, Jubilee Baltimore, plans to light the old movie marquee in celebration of the nearly complete rehabilitation of 10 E. North Ave. The first of the new occupants, Neighborhood Housing Services, is scheduled to move in next month.
Opened around 1913 as a car dealership, the Centre operated as a theater from 1939 to 1959, with a 1,000-seat auditorium and a radio station that hosted live performances. The building later became a check-processing center for Equitable Trust Co. and a church before going to auction in 2012.
Duff said he had no plans for the building when he purchased it for $93,000, except to make it contribute to efforts by nearby universities, neighborhood groups and businesses to develop the arts district and strengthen the Central Baltimore corridor.
"We knew that we wanted the building to be a part of a vibrant Station North. We didn't know anything else," said Duff, whose Jubilee Baltimore has worked on the rehab of hundreds of rowhouses as well as the nearby housing for artists at the City Arts building and was invited to participate by another neighborhood group working in the area.
Station North has this great potential ... to make Baltimore a hub of emerging artists and designers. - Michael Molla, vice president of operations for MICA This is Jubilee Baltimore's first project without a residential component and its single-most expensive, with financing cobbled together from sources that include roughly $6.5 million in state and federal historic tax credits and investments by Chase Bank, Philadelphia-based Reinvestment Fund and Telesis Corp., the latter two of which have redevelopment projects nearby.
The rehab, which involves Ziger/Snead Architects and Southway Builders, got underway about a year ago, starting with months of asbestos removal, Duff said. Crews installed new mechancial systems, elevators and stairways. They rewired the soundstage and opened up walls with windows, in homage to the building's days as a car dealership.
MICA and Hopkins are expected to move their film departments into the second floor this summer, bringing about 150 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.
The Baltimore Jewelry Center, a so-called makerspace for jewelry and metalwork for the public, is taking about 3,500 square feet on the ground floor. Five nonprofits, including Jubilee and Neighborhood Housing Services, are leasing space in the building as well, as part of a consortium dubbed the Center for Neighborhoods.
The film departments at MICA and Johns Hopkins started talking about increasing collaboration 10 years ago and began offering joint courses in 2008, said Linda DeLibero, director of film and media studies for Johns Hopkins. The Centre's redevelopment helped push those discussions forward, she said.
The new space coincides with the launch of graduate programs focused on film at MICA and Johns Hopkins, a reflection of increased interest in film as technology has made the discipline more accessible.
Students will be able to cross-register, and some courses will be jointly taught, DeLibero said. The programs also will use space at the nearby Parkway Theatre, where renovation is scheduled to start in the fall for an opening in 2016.
Andy Frank, special adviser to Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels, said the decision to locate the film program off campus was part of a commitment by the university to invest in its host neighborhoods.
"Locating real estate off campus is a way the university can serve its own interests, but also the interests of the community," he said.
Michael Molla, vice president of operations for MICA, said his hope is to turn Station North into an area that rivals arts districts in other major cities, such as New York. MICA opened its Fred Lazarus IV Building at 131 W. North Ave. in 2012 and also owns property at 1801 Falls Road nearby.
"Station North has this great potential … to make Baltimore a hub of emerging artists and designers," he said.
These local names like Baltimore Development Corporation and in this case Telesis Baltimore is only meant to hide these are development firms controlled by global real estate investment firms. Below you see that Telesis went to the state known world-wide for allowing shell corporations be created at the drop of a hat and then work to hide and shelter all of their financial activities----MISTER BLUE COLLAR JOE BIDEN------GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL EXTRAORDINAIRE AND HIS STATE DELAWARE.
So, global real estate investment firms can be Chinese----Mayalasian----African-----or all of the above because they are simply global corporate tribunal members and probably partners of global Johns Hopkins-----buying real estate in Baltimore Maryland.
Imagine, the sector of housing between Charles and Greenmount from Mount Vernon to Charles Village---what locals call Old Goucher----this is a huge amount of residential housing the City of Baltimore has been holding for a few decades waiting and not developing to hand as a parcel to a global real estate firm like Telesis----this is all of the tens of trillions of dollars that was stolen by corporate and Wall Street fraud coming back to own all of what is Baltimore City.
THESE ARE NOT WARM AND FUZZY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS WITH ALL THE INTENTIONS OF CREATING A BAILEYS SAVINGS AND LOAN DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL----IT IS A POTTERSVILLE DEVELOPMENT THAT KEEPS RICH TO ITSELF AND THE REST OF US ELSEWHERE.
In third world nations the rich are sequestered behind security areas highly guarded from the masses they are exploiting and abusing----which is why security and policing is the number one job category in Baltimore.
Telesis is simply a shell corporation funnelling offshore money back into the US----in this case Baltimore.
TELESIS BALTIMORE CORPORATION
Data Updated April 17, 2014
Telesis Baltimore Corporation is a Delaware Corporation filed on February 25, 2008. The company's File Number is listed as 4509460.
The Registered Agent on file for this company is The Corporation Trust Company and is located at Corporation Trust Center 1209 Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801.Company InformationCompany Name: TELESIS BALTIMORE CORPORATION
File Number: 4509460
Filing State: Delaware (DE)
Filing Status: Unknown
Filing Date: February 25, 2008
Company Age: 7 Years, 3 Months
Registered Agent: The Corporation Trust Company
Corporation Trust Center 1209 Orange Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Barclay and Margaret Brent Elementary Schools are under the control of Johns Hopkins Homewood Development with the goal of gentrification of what has been underserved black schools. This is now called 'the international school district' with schools filling with Johns Hopkins global employees as they move from place to place in the US. It is actually a great sight to see a school filled with children of color ----if the goal was a happy one for many of the children being shuffled including the international students.
Clinton/Bush/ and now Obama have dismantled the Federal Housing Urban Development and the Equal Opportunity and Access that was its core mission because as you remember, Clinton write the Federalism Act which says WE DO NOT RECOGNIZE ALL OF THE LABOR AND JUSTICE LAWS ATTACHED TO THE US CONSTITUTIONAL EQUAL PROTECTION LAWS. So, Clinton needed to put into place organizations that would push for development that took the heavily black and lower class out of cities and moved the rich and corporations into cities and it needed to have black leadership or else everyone would know it was simply a bunch of rich white men using the most unjust methods to move hundreds of thousands of people out of the city. You impoverish them by taking away the ability to work----then steal all of what would have been Federal, state, and local funding to stabilize these communities, force people into a level of poverty as great as any third world nation forcing people to criminal activity to survive, and then you kick them out to areas outside city center that will become sweat shop factories.....
WOW---CAN YOU IMAGINE THE PEOPLE THAT SIT AROUND A TABLE THINKING OF ALL OF THIS WHEN ALL OF BALTIMORE'S COMMUNITIES COULD BE STABLE AND MOST PEOPLE EMPLOYED IF JOHNS HOPKINS DIDN'T STEAL ALL THE CITY'S MONEY TO BECOME A GLOBAL CORPORATION.
Here we have Baltimore City Hall filled with Johns Hopkins politicians working as neo-conservatives and all running as Democrats handing this huge parcel of residential real estate to Telesis------no doubt a Hopkins global real estate investment firm. This is now the focus of Baltimore Jubilee and their offices are right there in THE CENTRE====NEXT TO MICA READY TO CONTROL DEVELOPMENT IN CITY CENTER NORTH JUST AS HOPKINS DID EAST BALTIMORE.
New apartments planned for Barclay Second phase of redevelopment project to start in September
April 12, 2012|By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore SunA developer working to transform vacant, city-owned properties in a North Baltimore neighborhood into hundreds of new and rehabbed homes received city design approval Thursday for 69 new apartments that will get under way this fall.
The city's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel approved the layout and plans for five new buildings that Telesis Corp. will develop in the blocks bounded by East 20th and East 21st streets, Barclay Street and Greenmount Avenue. The company plans to start construction in September on 69 one-, two- and three-bedroom units in buildings that will resemble traditional Baltimore rowhouses.
City housing officials chose Telesis in 2006 to build about 325 rental units and homes in neighborhoods between Charles Village and Station North. The $85 million plan, which could take a decade to complete, targets city-owned vacant and rundown rowhouses and lots for redevelopment in the neighborhoods of Barclay, Midway and Old Goucher.
The proposed apartments, which Telesis estimates will cost $14.5 million, represent the second phase of the redevelopment. The company has completed 80 homes in the area, including renovating a former public housing building, said Catherine Stokes, senior project manager for Telesis.
The company also has been renovating rowhouses to sell as market-rate homes. Of eight completed in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of North Calvert St., seven have sold at prices of $199,000 to $249,000 and the eighth is under contract. A dozen more rowhouse renovations are under way in the 2200 block of Guilford Ave., Stokes said.
"We're doing smaller phases because of the economy but seeing good demand," Stokes said Thursday.
The site for the new apartments includes small gardens and parks off rear alleys. All of the apartments will be new construction except for two units in a rehabbed rowhouse.
While the city design panel approved the final design, it did recommend revisions to unify the proposed brick facades that feature roofline cornices and dormer and bay windows.
The developer will use public and private financing, Stokes said. Along with a private bank loan, financing has been secured through low-income housing tax credits, funds from a state rental housing subsidy program, a federal loan available through the city and acquisition financing from the Housing Authority of Baltimore.
Telesis started building the first phase of 72 rental homes in mid 2010 and completed those last fall. They include 19 new units in the 2100 and 2200 blocks of Barclay St.; a renovated, 29-unit former public housing building on Homewood Avenue; and 24 renovated units in rowhouses throughout the neighborhood.
During Thursday's design panel session, members also recommended approval of a preliminary design for Johns Hopkins Health System's planned $35 million expanded emergency department at Bayview Medical Center.
Hospital officials and architects from Ewing Cole showed plans for a three-story glass and metal panel structure with brick accents. The design calls for a ground-level emergency room, long-term observation rooms on the second floor and a children's emergency department with acute care inpatient rooms on the third floor.
Hopkins hopes to open the facility, an expansion of about 60 percent, by January 2014 to meet growing demand.
Telesis Corporation as with all of the residential high-rise buildings downtown have a goal of luxury rentals in what will be an exclusively affluent Baltimore City Center. Remember, gentrification is not a bad thing-----it is the way it is done. The Subprime mortgage frauds were created in Clinton's terms and executed in Bush's terms just to clear these city centers. It created a double-whammy by draining trillions of dollars of Federal revenue with it. So, working class home owners were shepparded into these loans not knowing they would not be given time to repay them often by 'housing justice' non-profits created by Hopkins and Baltimore City Hall pols. Then Baltimore City Hall comes along to grab even more of this real estate in tax and water bill frauds against homeowners in these development areas all while handing prime real estate to the pay-to-play people helping with this scam....politicians and churches----residential homes in the most affluent up and coming neighborhoods while massive frauds stole the wealth of the working and middle-class.
THESE ARE REAL SOCIOPATHS FOLKS! ALL THAT TIME AND ENERGY SIMPLY TO BE THE RICHEST---AT THE EXCLUSION OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS LAWS
Hopkins is the face of all this injustice while black leaders are the sellouts only thinking of how wealthy they can be made----JUST LIKE THE CHINESE POLITBURO TAKEN BY WALL STREET AND US CORPORATION WEALTH.
Equal Protection laws are still right there in the US Constitution----they have not disappeared although that is what Trans Pacific Trade Pact has as a goal. Simply reinstating Rule of Law and Equal Protection will open up this Baltimore City Center to development that has housing for low and middle-income people. If you think you can afford a $1300 one bedroom now----wait until this coming bond market crash that has a goal of keeping the US in Depression-era stagnation and then think how this Hopkins Economic Zone will go on working overseas with international employees rotating through its FOXCONN----and you see all Baltimore citizens being brought down to poverty or near poverty no matter what your job title is now. That $1300 for a one bedroom is just the start----you see Hopkins has Manhattan on its mind because it is Bloomberg University 2!
ALL OF THIS FUNDED BY THE TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS STOLEN IN CORPORATE FRAUD FROM OUR FEDERAL PUBLIC TRUSTS, SAVINGS, RETIREMENT AND PENSIONS, AND A LEVERAGED BOND DEAL THAT HANDS PHYSICAL GOVERNMENT ASSETS OVER TO JOHNS HOPKINS.
Stop thinking it is OK to do this to the underserved because an injustice for one becomes injustice for all----
Keep in mind these claims of a market of people wanting these luxury rentals is bogus as Baltimore has one of the largest rate of IN-occupancy in its luxury buildings in the nation....they are built simply to control the space for future occupancy and are subsidized while they wait.
In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class
By SHAILA DEWANAPRIL 14, 2014
Photo Christine Menedis tours a condominium in Miami Beach that rents for $7,000 a month. In Miami, average rents consume 43 percent of the typical household income, up from a historical average of just over a quarter. Credit Angel Valentin for The New York Times Advertisement
MIAMI — For rent and utilities to be considered affordable, they are supposed to take up no more than 30 percent of a household’s income. But that goal is increasingly unattainable for middle-income families as a tightening market pushes up rents ever faster, outrunning modest rises in pay.
The strain is not limited to the usual high-cost cities like New York and San Francisco. An analysis for The New York Times by Zillow, the real estate website, found 90 cities where the median rent — not including utilities — was more than 30 percent of the median gross income.
In Chicago, rent as a percentage of income has risen to 31 percent, from a historical average of 21 percent. In New Orleans, it has more than doubled, to 35 percent from 14 percent. Zillow calculated the historical average using data from 1985 to 2000.
Nationally, half of all renters are now spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a comprehensive Harvard study, up from 38 percent of renters in 2000. In December, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan declared “the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known.”
Photo Arturo Breton, left, and Aurelio Medina consult their smartphones during an apartment rental search. Credit Angel Valentin for The New York Times Apartment vacancy rates have dropped so low that forecasters at Capital Economics, a research firm, said rents could rise, on average, as much as 4 percent this year, compared with 2.8 percent last year. But rents are rising faster than that in many cities even as overall inflation is running at little more than 1 percent annually.
One of the most expensive cities for renters is Miami, where rents, on average, consume 43 percent of the typical household income, up from a historical average of just over a quarter.
Stella Santamaria, a divorced 40-year-old math teacher, has been looking for an apartment in Miami for more than six months. “We’re kind of sick of talking about it,” she said of herself and fellow teachers in the same boat. “It’s like, are you still living with your mom? Yeah, are you? Yeah.” After 11 years as a teacher, Ms. Santamaria makes $41,000, considerably less than the city’s median income, which is $48,000, according to Zillow.
Even dual-income professional couples are being priced out of the walkable urban-core neighborhoods where many of them want to live. Stuart Kennedy, 29, a senior program officer at a nonprofit group, said he and his girlfriend, a lawyer, will be losing their $2,300 a month rental house in Buena Vista in June. Since they found the place a year ago, rents in the area have increased sharply.
“If you go by a third of your income, that formula, even with how comfortable our incomes are, it looks like it’s going to be impossible,” Mr. Kennedy said.
And as rents head higher in the tightest markets, many are discovering that living on their own is proving unaffordable, forcing them to double up again. Arturo Breton, a 37-year-old waiter in Miami Beach, said that after years living on his own, he was joining forces with a roommate who works as a manager at J. C. Penney. “I’ve come down to the conclusion that in this country, it’s easier for two people to pay the rent than for one person,” he said.
For many middle- and lower-income people, high rents choke spending on other goods and services, impeding the economic recovery. Low-income families that spend more than half their income on housing spend about a third less on food, 50 percent less on clothing, and 80 percent less on medical care compared with low-income families with affordable rents, according to a new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. And renters amass less wealth, even non-housing wealth, than homeowners do.
The problem threatens to get worse before it gets better. Apartment builders have raced to build more units, creating a wave of supply that is beginning to crest. Miami added 2,500 rental apartments last year, and 7,500 more are expected in the next two years, according to the CoStar Group, a real estate research firm.
But demand has shown no signs of slackening. And as long as there are plenty of upper-income renters looking for apartments, there is little incentive to build anything other than expensive units. As a result, there are in effect two separate rental markets that are so far apart in price that they have little impact on each other. In one extreme case, a glut of new luxury apartments in Washington has pushed high-end rents down, even while midrange rents continue to rise.
“Increasing the supply is not going to increase the number of affordable units; that is a complete and utter fallacy,” said Jaimie Ross, the president of the Florida Housing Coalition. “People say if there really was a great need, the market would provide it; the market would correct itself. Well, the market has never corrected itself and it’s only getting worse.”
Money for affordable housing has dried up at a time when it is needed most. Federal housing funds, in a form now known as HOME grants, have been cut in half over the last decade. The percentage of eligible families who receive rental subsidies has shrunk, to 23.8 percent from 27.4 percent, the Harvard study found. And Florida, which like other states faced large budget shortfalls after the financial crisis, has raided its housing trust fund, funded by a real estate transfer tax, for several years running. This year, the Legislature has proposed restoring at least part of the money.
Cities have been left to address the problem on their own, with some granting exceptions to their own zoning laws to allow for things like micro-apartments. Miami has allowed some variances to its urban plan for projects like Brickell View Terrace, which will have 176 units in a prime location near a Metrorail station. Ninety of the units will be affordable for people making 60 percent of the median income, 10 for people making less, and the rest will be market rate.
But a seemingly insatiable demand for luxury condos in Miami, created in part by wealthy Latin Americans, has caused land prices to soar, making affordable housing projects harder to build anywhere close to downtown. Moving farther out is cheaper, but the cost savings on housing can be quickly wiped out by transportation costs. A 2012 study by the Center for Housing Policy found that Miami was the most expensive metropolitan area in the country when housing and transportation costs were combined.
In many markets, buying a home is considerably cheaper than renting, and Miami is no exception. But many people are shut out of buying because their income is too low, they don’t qualify for a mortgage or they are burdened by other debt. In 2008, a quarter of rental applicants were still paying off student loans, according to CoreLogic, but as of last fall half of them were doing so.
Steve Gunn, 25, the marketing director for a Miami real estate brokerage firm, said he could certainly afford an apartment on his salary of $52,500 — if he weren’t paying more than $800 a month in student loan debt. Instead, he commutes 90 minutes to work. From his mother’s house.
Correction: April 19, 2014
A chart on Tuesday with the continuation of an article about rising rents that are out of the reach of the middle class misstated the time span of the data shown. The chart tracked the rise of median rent in various cities from the first quarter of 2000 through the fourth quarter of 2013, not the third.
A version of this article appears in print on April 15, 2014, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class.
Below you see two of the leading black figures Clinton was able to place at the head of this suspended Equal Protection and movement to global Economic Zones and corporate wealth. It is very sad for people who worked so hard in the 1960s and 70s to see the leading civil rights and women rights leaders bought into dismantling all of what they supposedly fought to instate. MR JORDAN was made a board member and corporate insider of major global corporations as was other Clinton recruits......Vernon Jordan is the face of The Urban League as the Housing and Urban Development without all of the equal opportunity and access-----and Baltimore Urban League is the face of Johns Hopkins Economic Zone development plans. You see as well Mfume as head of NAACP right there during the Clinton era and he was recruited to be the face of this dismantling of Equal Protection HUD as well. This is why today all of what were black justice organizations are now partnered with Johns Hopkins and its most regressive and repressive development----Baltimore Urban League and NAACP are Hopkins' partners----those black faces needed when rich white men do huge injustice to people of color and women.
I will talk this week on all these entities as well as the labor unions who are right there with the NAACP and Urban League backing the worst of Clinton neo-liberals doing all this.
YOU SEE CLINTON WENT AFTER THE FRATS AND SORORITIES WITH THIS VISION OF INDIVIDUAL WEALTH OVER EQUAL PROTECTION AND EQUAL RIGHTS OF ALL CITIZENS.
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US Lawyer Vernon Jordan Vernon Eulion Jordan, Jr. (born August 15, 1935) is an American business executive and civil rights activist in the United States. A leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement, he was chosen by President Bill Clinton as a close adviser. Jordan has become known as an influential figure in American politics.
While still with the National Urban League, Jordan in 1981 said of the Ronald Reagan administration:
“ I do not challenge the conservatism of this administration. I do challenge its failure to exhibit a compassionate conservatism that adapts itself to the realities of a society ridden by class and race distinction. ” That year he resigned from the National Urban League to take a position as legal counsel with the Washington, D.C., office of the Dallas law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Clinton administration Vernon Jordan shares conversation with famed photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. At the time, Jordan was visiting President Clinton on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Jordan, a friend and political adviser to Bill Clinton, served as part of Clinton's transition team in 1992–93, shortly after he was elected president. In the words of The New York Times:
"For Mr. Clinton, Mr. Jordan's roles have been manifold: Golfing companion. Smoother of ruffled feathers (he put the president back in touch with Zoë Baird after the withdrawal of her nomination to be attorney general). Consoler in chief (after Mr. Clinton was defeated for re-election as governor in 1980, after the suicide of Vincent W. Foster Jr. in 1993). Conduit to the high and mighty (he took Mr. Clinton in 1991 to the Bilderberg conference in Germany, an exclusive annual retreat for politicians and businessmen). Go-between (he told Mike Espy he had to go as secretary of agriculture, helped win Warren Christopher a larger role as secretary of state and sounded out Gen. Colin L. Powell for a Cabinet job).
(born Frizzell Gerald Gray; October 24, 1948) is the former President/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as a five-term Democratic Congressman from Maryland's 7th congressional district, serving in the 100th through 104th Congress. On September 12, 2006, he lost a primary campaign for the United States Senate seat that was being vacated by Maryland U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes.
In February 1996, Mfume left the House to accept the presidency of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), stating that he could do more to improve American civil rights there than in the Congress. He reformed the association's finances to pay off its considerable debt while pursuing the cause of civil rights advancement for African Americans. Though many in Baltimore wanted Mfume to run for mayor in the 1999 election, Mfume stayed with the NAACP. Mfume served this position for nine years before stepping down in 2004 to pursue other interests.
Mfume is a member of the Prince Hall Freemasons and Omega Psi Phi fraternity.