Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

Jacques Kelly: Apartments at Center West carry promise for Poppleton

Jacques Kelly: Apartments at Center West carry promise for Poppleton

As construction workers climbed staircases outside the rising $81.5 million apartment complex at Schroeder and Lexington streets, a longtime resident of the Poppleton neighborhood observed: “We’ve been waiting 15 years for this to happen.”

The two apartment buildings, which are somewhat taller than the nearby rowhouses, are part of a 33-acre redevelopment effort known as Center West.

The 260 apartments face — and dwarf — the tiny Edgar Allan Poe house on Amity Street. Not far away is the University of Maryland BioPark, and the circular roof and pinnacle of the B&O Railroad Museum is easily spotted to the south on Poppleton Street.

William Jackson, a retired Baltimore...

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