"We're going to put uses in these buildings that residents specifically requested," responded Morville, who earlier handed out a list of 53 types of businesses that residents have already told Seawall they would like to see.

Remington resident Barbara Fisher offered a 54th.

"I think a community center would be very beneficial," said Fisher, who lives across the street from Anderson, in the 2800 block of Remington Avenue.

Jellema worried that the development plans could have a negative impact on renters, driving up rents and driving people out. Jellema said she fears that people won't be able to afford to live in Remington, "just like you can't live in Hampden anymore," as that community has gentrified.

Other residents worried about the impact on traffic and asked whether streets like 29th should be made one way. Morville said the project is big enough that the city would require a traffic impact study. He said he would listen to whatever the study recommends and the community wants, and that he has no personal opinion.

Most residents applauded the project and several high-fived Morville after the meeting.

"I think you're doing a great job already," said Kristin Cairns, 32, a development advisor for the State Department in Washington, who has lived in Remington for four years with her husband, Peter, a law student at the University of Maryland.

"It's nice to see more economic vitality in the area," she said.

'Perfect pocket'

Allison McElheny, a Remington resident and an architect, said she is "completely excited" about Seawall's plans.

"Remington is ideal for a project like this," said McElheny, 34. She said the community is a short bike ride from downtown, near parks and institutions like Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, and is within walking distance of Hampden.

"It's kind of an undiscovered gem," she said. "It's a perfect pocket to do something like this."

"I just want to thank you, as someone who typically drives outside Remington to find good retail," said Rebecca Scollan, 32, an information technology specialist for a national nonprofit.

Morville promised to keep working with the community to advise him on the redevelopment project.

"So," Jellema asked at the end of the meeting, "the conversation continues?"

"Absolutely," Morville said.