Best Community Impact Redevelopment – NAIOP Maryland
Beacon Award for Community Impact – CREW Baltimore

This award-winning redevelopment of the former Northwood Plaza Shopping Center is situated adjacent to the Morgan State University (MSU) campus and includes 100,000 square feet of new retail, restaurants and services including Lidl grocery store, Barnes & Noble College Café, McDonald’s, Fulton Bank, Chipotle, IHOP, DTLR, and other national and local brands, as well as State University’s new 24,500-SF, three-story, state-of-the-art public safety building.

MRA provided land planning, site/civil engineering, landscape architecture and surveying services, with collaboration between developers and Morgan State University, for redevelopment of the 10-acre site. Specifically for the retail portion, MRA held community presentations, performed feasibility studies, and participated in Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) meetings, provided preliminary and final civil engineering plans, landscape plans, and value engineering, and performed boundary, topographic, ALTA, construction stakeout, and as-built surveys. Due to site constraints, retaining walls were added to flatten a site with 70 feet of grade change to elevations suitable for long term retail development. Stormwater management included Environmental Site Design (ESD) and included a design for underground quantity stormwater management to mitigate downstream flooding concerns.