Westport plan gains panel's OK

The Baltimore Sun

A developer's vision to transform the formerly industrial shores of the Middle Branch into a $1.4 billion community of homes, offices, shops and a hotel got final master plan approval yesterday from Baltimore's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel.

Turner Development Group plans 2,000 condos, apartments and townhouses, 300,000 square feet of shops, 3 million square feet of office and entertainment uses and two hotels on 50 acres of waterfront land the developer has acquired in Westport.

The panel's approval, one step in a process that still requires city Planning Commission and City Council approval, should keep the project on track for construction to start March 1, said Patrick Turner, president of Turner Development.

Turner said yesterday that he hoped to finalize deals with potential retail and office tenants and line up residential builders and hotel operators by the end of the year.

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