Inner Harbor Timline
The redevelopment of the Inner Harbor, once an industrial port,
led the way for revitalization projects all over the city, making Baltimore a national
model for urban renewal. Following is a chronology of the redevelopment efforts that helped build Baltimore into the attractive destination it is today.
Downtown Baltimore's renaissance begins with development of the 33-acre Charles Center,
a mid-town site between the city's retail and financial districts.
The success of this $200 million urban renewal project heralds the
city's redevelopment of the 240-acre Inner Harbor. 1963 Mayor Theodore McKeldin's inaugural
address establishes the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor as his top priority.
The City of Baltimore, the Greater Baltimore Committee and Wallace-McHarg sign a contract to prepare the master plan.
Voters approve the first bond issue ($52 million) for Inner Harbor redevelopment.
In addition, more than $14 million in city bond issues and $47 million in federal grants
will eventually be approved for acquiring and clearing land surrounding the harbor basin.
The city approves a contract with the nonprofit Charles Center-Inner Harbor
Management, Inc., to execute the project.
An urban renewal plan for the first phase of the program is approved.
The 110-acre project will add residential, social and cultural facilities,
as well as hotels and offices, to the city's waterfront.
The demolition and clearing of land surrounding the harbor basin begins.
The News American, McCormick Spice Company, Baltimore Copper Paint Company and Christ
Lutheran Church are the only buildings left standing.
The USS Constellation moves to Pier 1 becoming the Inner Harbor's first tourist attraction.
The city approves an urban renewal plan for Inner Harbor West, the second
phase of the redevelopment; plans are also approved for the Harbor Campus of
the Community College of Baltimore and Inner Harbor East.
Tall Ships at Baltimore's Inner Harbor