Baltimore Chapter of American Institute of Architects to Hold Panel Discussion About History and Future of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

With redevelopment plans for Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the news and coming up for a vote on the city ballot in November, the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects is holding a panel discussion about the history and future of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on May 8 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St.

But the format for this meeting will be different from the community engagement sessions organized by MCB Real Estate, the development company that unveiled a $500 million plan last fall to replace the two Harborplace pavilions at Pratt and Light streets with a mixed-use project consisting of two residential towers containing a total of 900 apartments; offices; shops; restaurants and public space, including a two-tier waterfront promenade and a green space called The Park at Freedom’s Port.

Instead of inviting presenters from MCB or the Mayor’s office, the AIA’s Urban Design Committee has invited six speakers who are experts in various facets of urban planning and waterfront development but who aren’t part of MCB’s development team and don’t currently work for Baltimore City government.