West side parcels draw lone bidder

The Baltimore Development Corp. received a single bid from developers for a group of West side properties made available in February, CEO Brenda McKenzie said at a monthly board meeting Thursday.

The site is made up of three vacant buildings and two lots in the 400 block of Howard Street. The lone submission by the April 21 deadline came from an entity called the Howard Street Incubator, LLC, BDC spokeswoman Joann Logan said. She declined to provide additional detail until BDC staff perform further review. 

McKenzie said Thursday the BDC received 11 bids for the opportunity to help craft design ideas for a larger chunk of properties bounded by W. Franklin, N. Howard. W. Franklin and Park Avenue. The properties fall within a protected historic district and some come in unusual shapes, she said. The goal is to help build consensus about the possibilities before going to developers, she said.

Bids on a third group of West side properties, located around Park Avenue, Lexington, Clay, and Liberty Streets, are not due until May 19. 

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