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Morgan State continues to expand as they buy Lake Clifton HS property

Morgan State University
Posted at 2:45 PM, Apr 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-06 10:02:36-04

BALTIMORE — Morgan State University isn't done growing. They've just agreed to buy the old Lake Clifton High School property.

They've reached a new Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) with the Department of Real Estate and they have long-term plans to develop a new satellite campus on the 59 acre site.

On April 6, the $93,000 LDA was approved by the Baltimore City Board of Estimates. The sale covers the unpaid bond debt the city owes the state.

Under the agreement, Morgan also obtains the historic Valve House.

The university plans to repurpose the newly purchased land over a 15 to 20 year period, all which includes the following:

  • Demolish the former school building
  • Stabilize the Valve House
  • Complete a Master Plan approved by the Baltimore City Planning Commission
  • Construct a Convocation Center
  • Restore and conserve five public artworks now installed on Lake Clifton's campus
  • Help relocate a basketball court to a more accessible location

The Morgan State University Board of Regents still needs to review and make final approval. Morgan President, David K. Wilson, understands that this is a big step for the school's legacy.

“This agreement is truly an important step in what will be a monumental advancement in Morgan’s history,” said Wilson. “Through the acquisition of this important property, we are laying the foundation for a brighter future of opportunity. "

The move comes after the University just updated their student housing situation by adding 670 new dorm beds and a new dining hall.

Morgan has also worked to redevelop the Northwood Commons shopping center. The shopping center is set to include stores like Chipotle, IHOP, Tropical Smoothie Cafe and a Georgia Peach restaurant.

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Last fall, the school celebrated the opening of their student services building which features generous lobby spaces, a Green Roof with gathering pods and newer technology. The building is located in the middle of the campus, proving easier to access than the previous student services building.

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