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Demolition begins in Eager Park development

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 17:23:31-05

BALTIMORE — Demolition begins on the remaining homes in the East Baltimore development project near Hopkins.

Nearly a thousand properties in the area have been demolished in an effort to rebuild, rebrand and transform the neighborhood.

On Monday, officials began to demolish 26 homes in the northwest area of the Eager Park area. East Baltimore Development Inc. is behind the development and plan to build 1600 mixed income housing units.

The community will include a new school, a five acre park, a hotel and retail options.

"We are on track to ensuring that 1/3 of the housing we develop are affordable. We are on track for ensuring East Baltimore and Baltimore City residents get jobs both construction and permanent jobs," said President and CEO of EBDI Development, Cheryl Washington. "We are on track for providing opportunities for local, minority, and women owned businesses to get contracting opportunities...and were making good on our promise to relocating help them return to eager park if they choose."

To make way for the new homes and amenities, families were forced to relocate, fueling racial tensions.