The University of Maryland Medical System is planning to build a $50 million ambulatory care center, for outpatient services, on the campus of Maryland General Hospital.

Initial plans for the seven-story structure were revealed at the city's architectural review board Thursday, said Mark Wasserman, senior vice president for external affairs and development for the medical system.

The building will be constructed on a now vacant lot at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Linden Avenue in midtown Baltimore, he said.

An anchor tenant of the center will focus on metabolic disease and obesity prevention, Wasserman said.

Half of the funding for the project has been allocated by the state, he said, and the remainder will come from the medical system.

City design and zoning approvals need to be met before construction can begin on the center, Wasserman said. The university system's goal is to break ground early next year, he said.

UMMS also plans to rebrand Maryland General, which the university system acquired in 1999. Beginning in June, the midtown campus will be called University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, Wasserman said.

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