Redevelopment of PS 103 Announced

DHCD has selected a development team for the revitalization of the historic Henry Highland Garnet school (PS 103) at 1315 Division Street in the Upton neighborhood.  After engaging an RFP process and reviewing several proposals, the Beloved Community Services CDC has been awarded the development rights for the site.  

Beloved Community Services CDC is an affiliate of Union Baptist Church, headed by the Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway.  The project team includes: Sulton Campbell Britt & Associates PC, Venable LLP, Abrams, Foster, Nole & Williams,PA and Mahogany Construction, Inc.  Beloved is planning to use the space as office space, and to house The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and Ethics in addition to office space for the National Park Service.  The project development costs are estimated to be $6.1 million.

The redevelopment of the former PS 103 School Building, named in honor of abolitionist and minister, Henry Highland Garnet and known commonly as The Thurgood Marshall School located in the Old West Baltimore Historic District, will reestablish a prominent community landmark and activate the civil rights legacy of the site.  Marshall attended the school from 1914 to 1920 - his first six years of segregated public-school education.  The development team's plans include utilizing the space for historical memorabilia related to former Justice Thurgood Marshall and a replication of the campaign office of the Honorable Elijah Cummings.   

Built in 1877, this historic school is a three-level property with a full basement.  The building features 12 classrooms and still boasts many of its historic features. This building offers more than 14,000 square feet of developable space while nestled on a lot size of more than 30,000 square feet. Additionally, the property includes eight adjacent parking lots, located on the 1300 block of Etting Street.

 

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