Cardinal Gibbons apartments move forward

Apartments on Cardinal Gibbons site to start in April

Construction of a subsidized apartment complex planned for the site of the former Cardinal Gibbons School is expected to start in April.

The developer of the site, the housing arm of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, has secured financing for the $19.4 million project, a four-story, 80-unit building located at 900 DeSoto Road. The area is currently a parking lot used by St. Agnes Hospital employees.

The apartments are the first part of a broader redevelopment of the 32-acre Cardinal Gibbons site, which St. Agnes Hospital purchased in 2012. The hospital is working with other groups, including Bon Secours, on the build-out, which envisions more homes, offices, retail and a fitness center with a baseball field.

Bon Secours' Unity Property operates more than 600 apartments in Baltimore. George Kleb, Bon Secours' executive director for housing and community development, said the new building is expected to open in May 2016.

Some neighbors have expressed concerns about the Cardinal Gibbsons project, citing a lack of reliable communication about the plans, not-yet-solid proposals for amenities and green space, and insufficient additional resources for low-income residents. Residents of the apartments must have incomes of 60 percent or below the area median, or about $40,000 for a family of two.

Public support for the Bon Secours apartments include $15 million in low income housing tax credits, as well as an $870,000 loan from the city's federal HOME funds, approved Wednesday by the city's spending board.

nsherman@baltsun.com

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