Walmart-anchored project gets city design approval

Developers of a $70 million, Walmart-anchored commercial and residential development proposed for Baltimore's Remington community cleared a key hurdle Thursday when the city's Planning Commission gave final design approval to the project.

The action came a month after Baltimore's City Council approved a zoning change to allow construction of the development, known as 25th Street Station. Jon Laria, a representative of the development team, said the Planning Commission's action was the last land use approval the developers needed to begin construction. He said the team, headed by developer Rick Walker, now needs only to complete acquisition of the 11-acre parcel, the former Anderson Automotive property at 25th and Howard streets, and secure construction permits from the city.

The team intends to complete its purchase and begin construction in the spring of 2011 and open the development by mid to late 2012, he said.

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