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Officials host ribbon-cutting for 1812 Ashland Avenue in EBDI

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Officials host ribbon-cutting for 1812 Ashland Avenue in EBDI

Officials gathered Monday to celebrate the opening of the next office building at the East Baltimore biopark near Johns Hopkins Hospital, hailing it as a sign of growing momentum in a larger redevelopment that has been in the works for more than 15 years.

The roughly $65 million project at 1812 Ashland Ave. is part of a master plan being overseen by East Baltimore Development Inc., a nonprofit established by the city and state, as well as private stakeholders, to guide redevelopment of 88 acres close to the Hopkins campus.

Though slow to start, redevelopment in the EBDI footprint has started to ramp up, with work underway on residences, a park and hotel. Construction of the roughly 163,000-square-foot office and lab building, where the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital system affiliates are the primary tenants, started last year.

“We’re delivering on the promises in East Baltimore,” said Scott Levitan, a senior vice president at Forest City New East Baltimore Partnership, the master developer for the site. “In just six months, you’ll see a dramatic change.”