The State Center Project is a proposed 24/7 community that is redefining how urban communities should be created. Programmed with all of the tenets that make for a highly usable, efficient urban center, the 28-acre multi-use program includes an entirely new class of sustainable residences, offices and commercial spaces, dynamic street-level retail and restaurant opportunities – creating what will become one of the country’s most progressive mixed-use, transit-oriented developments.
Bound by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Howard Street, Hoffman Street and Madison Avenue, the site is located directly on the State
Center Metro Station, across from the Cultural Center Light Rail Station, offering an unparalleled transit location. Coupled with a highly sustainable LEED development program, State Center will usher in a new era for smart use of urban space with amazing buildings to work in, smartly constructed homes to live in, and a host of convenient urban amenities and public spaces where residents and tourists can play, dine and unwind.
State Center is a collaborative private-public partnership between State Center LLC, the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore.
The area around State Center dates back to 1817 when Eutaw Place was originally laid out as a sixty-six foot-wide extension of Eutaw Street, then know as Gibson Street. The mid-1850s saw American cities competing with one another in the development of architecture and landscaping. Baltimore kept pace by developing Eutaw Place as a broad and lovely avenue of fountains, plants and promenades, transforming the twelve blocks from Dolphin Street to Lake Drive into a ribbon of elegance. In the mid 20th century the area now known formally as “State Center” became a classic urban renewal project, where city row homes, shops and churches were cleared to make way for a State office complex.
Today, State Center holds the potential to serve as an active conduit connecting nine downtown neighborhoods, uniting them to create Baltimore’s first true transit-oriented, mixed-use, mixed income, vibrant 24/7 community.
If you work here, the new State Center Project will offer one of region’s most efficient, healthy and fun places to work. Rather than going to work in a fleet of aging buildings that have reached the end of their useful life, office employees will enjoy working in sustainable buildings, where design meets function. Special attention will be placed on details like ceiling heights, exposure to natural light, optimizing views and eco-friendly design. Workers be able to choose how they commute to and from work – by light rail, by subway, by bus, by car, or by foot. And businesses that root here will open their doors on streetscapes that are built for retail success from the ground up, with accessible walkways and thoroughfares, well-lit signage, and spaces designed for communal gathering.
If you live here you’ll enjoy a community built on the foundation that maximizing diversity ensures resiliency. A host of mixed income, multi design residential options, from multifamily condominiums and townhomes to single family homes, will be built along streetscapes that celebrate the principles of the true American lifestyle – green, tree lined streets, lifestyle-oriented amenities, energy efficient construction, functional design and a district energy system that will save residents money while also doing its part to save the environment. Residents will enjoy walking to green markets, new, community grocery and retail anchors, a host of restaurant options and a public park created for gathering, regrouping and regeneration. A clearly defined street grid will encourage pedestrian activity and minimize the impact and congestion of traffic.
If you visit here you will experience a true mixed-use urban environment featuring extensive retail and entertainment venues and a broad range of public spaces and parks where nature’s best elements will be reflected in thoughtful design. Easy access to public transportation will also facilitate the flow of traffic on both sidewalks and on State Center's streets showcasing what can happen when streets, open spaces and public spaces are meaningfully interconnected.