Friday will be Brodie's last day at helm of the BDC

After 16 years at the helm of the Baltimore Development Corp., the city's influential, quasi-public economic development arm, M.J. "Jay" Brodie will work his last day at the agency on Friday.

"What I've told everybody is … that I'm taking a period of refreshment," Brodie said Thursday morning after a meeting of the city's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel. He said he planned to take at least a month off before committing to new endeavors.

Brodie, 75, started at the BDC in 1996 under then-Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. He also led the city's housing department, first as deputy commissioner and then as commissioner, from 1969 to 1984.

City officials credit Brodie with overseeing the Harbor East boom of the last decade and with bringing $3.2 billion in capital investment into the city during his tenure as BDC president.

The Baltimore native does not plan to take it easy on his final day on the job, he said. Instead of a party, Brodie said, he has "two meetings and an important conference call" scheduled.

The BDC's executive vice president, Kimberly A. Clark, will serve as interim president until Brodie's successor is chosen. Brodie said he has not been involved in the process of seeking his replacement.