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Congrats to Armada Hoffler & Beatty on being chosen by Johns Hopkins to develop the Charles Village site located at 33rd and St. Paul in Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins taps Va.-based Armada Hoffler to develop Charles Village site

Johns Hopkins University has selected Virginia-based development firm Armada Hoffler Development Co. and Baltimore developer Michael Beatty to build a retail and residential complex on a site in Charles Village.

The 1.13-acre site at the corner southwest corner of 33rd and St. Paul streets is owned by the school. Armada Hoffler — which was the construction firm for the building of Harbor East —Beatty Development Group and Skye Hospitality will develop the project, which includes a parking garage.

Beatty Development Group is headed by Michael Beatty, who was formerly the president of Harbor East Development Group before spinning off to form his own development firm, Harbor Point Development Group, earlier this year. Beatty Development Group will be the brand used for development projects outside of Harbor Point, according to a company spokesman.

Armada Hoffler does not yet have specific plans for the project, said Tony Nero, president of Armada Hoffler. It is the firm’s first project development project in Baltimore, Nero said. The company has offices in the city as well as headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va.

Johns Hopkins students, faculty and administrators, and city officials will have input in the design process. The development will also follow the guidelines of the Planned Unit Development legislation passed for the Charles Village site by the city council in 1996, Nero said.

While the development team does not have specifics for the project, the goal is to build a “transformational project,” Nero said.

“I think our project should spur further development in that community and we’d like to participate in it,” he said.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the school, although they are subject to approval by the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees.

Johns Hopkins purchased the 1.13 acre site in 2009.

There is not a timeline for when construction will star on the project, according to the school.

Armada Hoffler has helped develop a hotel and conference center at Emory University in Atlanta and sites at Hampton University in Virginia. Beatty helped develop Harbor East and is currently working on the process of building the more than 2-million-square-feet Harbor Point site and Exelon headquarters.

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