BALTIMORE (WMAR) — By summer 2021, Johns Hopkins University is hoping to convert the 11-story Blackstone apartment building at the corner of North Charles and East 33rd streets, into a 115 room hotel, restaurant, and conference room.
The new hotel will be renamed The Study at Johns Hopkins, and will be renovated by Study Hotels and operate on property owned by the University, pending the required design approval by regulatory bodies.
"The community surrounding the university's main campus has needed more hotel space for many years to accommodate visitors from around the world," says Mitch Bonanno, JHU's chief real estate officer.
"Study Hotels, which has created beautiful, welcoming spaces at other universities, offered an exciting plan for a hotel that will serve the needs of the university community and its neighbors and add to the vibrancy of the Charles Village Retail District," said Bonanno.
Study Hotels has already opened locations at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, and in Philadelphia to serve Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania. Another is planned to open at the University of Chicago.
Johns Hopkins University's Facilities and Real Estate team and developers are looking to have all the necessary city approvals by winter time.
All leases of current tenants at the Blackstone building are set to expire in May of 2020, close to when construction is set to begin. The project is then expected to be completed within a year.
Building occupants affiliated with Johns Hopkins can receive assistance locating housing for next year that is comparable in price and location by contacting the Off-Campus Housing Office at 410-516-7961.