Walmart-anchored project in Remington gets final design panel approval

Developers of the $70 million, Walmart-anchored 25th Street Station shopping and residential development planned for Baltimore's Remington community cleared a key hurdle Thursday when the city's Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel gave final approval to the project's design.

Planned for an 11.5-acre parcel around 25th and Howard streets, the project still needs zoning approval from the full Baltimore City Council and final design approval from Baltimore's Planning Commission before construction can begin.

Baltimore attorney Jon Laria, who represents the development team led by WV Urban Developments, said WV is hoping to obtain all city approvals this fall so it can acquire the land and begin construction in early 2011 and open in phases starting in mid-2012.

The final plans call for 330,000 square feet of retail space, including branches of Walmart and Lowe's, and 70 apartments. The development is expected to result in the creation of 400 construction jobs and 750 permanent jobs.

egunts@baltsun.com

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