Mark Sapperstein, 28 Walker Development, Named Lifetime Achievement Award Winner by Urban Land Institute Baltimore

The Baltimore District Council of The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is pleased to announce it has named Mark Sapperstein as the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. President of 28 Walker Development, a Baltimore native, and an experienced developer, Mark Sapperstein will be recognized at ULI’s fourteenth annual WaveMaker Awards event on October 6, 2022.

ULI’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a recognized leader in the development community who has served more than two decades; has touched all aspects of development (acquisition, design, financing, implementation); and has touched a variety of different land uses (retail, office residential, hospitality, etc.).

For forty years, Mark has exemplified the ULI Mission, leading real estate development projects that address issues facing the region, such as bringing grocery stores to city neighborhoods. His projects focus on sustainable developments that are not only environmentally sound, but that are designed to sustain communities through vibrancy and diversity. Mark’s projects transform industrial sites – Canton (a former Exxon refinery), McHenry Row (a former cardboard manufacturer) and Silo Point (a former grain terminal) – into environmentally sound places including solar panels and LEED-certified facilities. Reaching beyond each project, Mark creates long-term impact on the neighborhoods dog parks, little league fields, updated schools, wider sidewalks, or new greenspaces and trails

Mark and his family are involved in building Hope Village, in the Oliver neighborhood, to provide homes for people with housing needs adding equity and stability in that area. They are also involved in Weekend Backpacks, a charity that provides food for students and their families over the weekends, allowing students to come to school on Monday better able to learn.

“As developer committed to Baltimore, to sustainability, and to the communities in which he works, Mark has made outstanding contributions to development throughout our city and region,” said Kristian Spannhake, ULI Baltimore District Council Chair. “His emphasis on redeveloping industrial land into vibrant mixed-use projects that attract jobs and residents will leave a lasting impact for years to come. We are honored to present him with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

While ULI Baltimore is presenting Mark with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award, his work in Baltimore continues. He has multiple projects currently underway in Baltimore City – a new all-timber office building in Canton and the Locke Insulator redevelopment in Port Covington in collaboration with two national home builders and Greystar, a multi-family builder providing more than 800 residential units.

The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Charles “Charlie” Duff, president of Jubilee Baltimore.

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