A lot is happening on Charles Street these days. From new retail, residential and landscape projects to surface parking lots that are being turned into eco-friendly 'green' spaces.

We've compiled a list of community Master Plans which detail what's taking shape in our beautiful community.

First Steps Underway for Charles Village's Road Reconstruction Project

Traffic diversion map courtesy Charles Street Reconstruction website

On September 5, 2012, the City of Baltimore will be closing Charles Street between 25th Street & University Parkway in Charles Village in order to repair the road and sidewalks.

The project -- expected to cost $28 million -- will include remilling and resurfacing the street & adding in new sidewalks, curbs, streetlamps and trees.

Charles Street's southbound lane will be widened from one lane to two, and bicycle lanes will be added.

For a detailed description of the project including a map of traffic diversion, click here.

Visuals of the project can be found below:

Last but not least,, video animation of the Charles Street project - detailing the visual elements of the completed project - can be found right here.

Charles North Vision Plan

Charles North has put together a multi-phase development initiative that aims to restore one of Baltimore’s once great communities.

Plans include turning the neighborhood into a key residential, commercial, creative and entertainment destination point for Baltimore residents and beyond.

This entails revitalizing the Charles Gateway/Penn Station Gateway, rehabbing the businesses along the Charles and North Avenue street corners, expanding Asia Town, and the creative/design center around MICA Studio Center.

See their Vision Plan for full details.

University of Baltimore's Master Plan

 In August of 2010, the Board of Regents of The University of Baltimore published their Master Plan for the school and surrounding neighborhoods.

 Their vision was fourfold:

1. Enhance the learning experience at UB as measured by retention and graduation rates, student satisfaction indicators and job placement data
2. Grow student headcount to 8,000 to serve state educational and workforce needs
3. Achieve national ranking and recognition in select academic areas
4. Secure the necessary resources to fully implement and support the University of Baltimore’s overarching vision.

Their report contains an analysis of the existing campus character, strategic planning and transitions, and 10 and 20 year development options. Click here for the full report.

Midtown Community Plan

"Historically and Potentially the most beautiful, the most interesting and the most sought-after part of Baltimore," Midtown has many strengths, but is functioning far below its potential. This report outlines five important recommendations that are vital to Midtown's Future.

Downtown Partnership’s Open Space Plan

Published December 15, 2010

Image Courtesy Mahan Rykeil Associates

This plan, made in conjuction with the Baltimore City Department of Planning and Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), focuses on ways to create a mixed-use Downtown that is the center of the Baltimore region in all respects – business, residential, retail, tourism, education, and government.

Inside are detailed ways in which Downtown Baltimore will become a dense, walkable, and vibrant city -- with day-time and night-time activity, an energetic street-level experience for pedestrians, and engaging and pleasant open spaces.

The face of Downtown Baltimore has changed dramatically and rapidly during the past ten years. Where once it was mostly an office and cultural destination, Downtown is now home to almost 40,000 residents. This concentration of residents, along with more than 113,000 employees and almost 20,000 students, has prompted the return of retail to Downtown. Investment patterns and transportation needs are also evolving, and an entire neighborhood has sprung up in Harbor East where, a decade ago, there was little economic activity. The combined result of these changes has led Downtown Partnership to pursue a vision for Downtown Baltimore that reflects the area’s dynamism and that provides a blueprint for future growth. Click here to read the Open Space Plan.



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