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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.

1959 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.

1964 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.

1965 The city approves a contract with the nonprofit Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management, Inc., to execute the project.

1967 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.

1968 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.

1969 The USS Constellation moves to Pier 1 becoming the Inner Harbor's first tourist attraction.

1971 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
Tall Ships at Baltimore's Inner Harbor



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