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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 13, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 21
Charles, Blackstone apartments bought by university

The Blackstone.

By Dennis O'Shea

The university has bought two large 1920s-era apartment buildings that flank the intersection of Charles and 33rd streets, across from the Homewood campus.

For the immediate future, the Charles and Blackstone apartments will continue to offer leases on the open market and will be managed by a private company hired by the Office of Johns Hopkins Real Estate.

The hope eventually, however, is to incorporate the buildings into the university’s student housing system, providing increased opportunities for juniors and seniors to live in university residences.

“With the planned opening of the Charles Commons in August, the university already is taking the first steps toward offering upperclassmen university housing," said James T. McGill, senior vice president for finance and administration. “Once the Charles Commons is launched, we will begin a planning process that will include an evaluation of how these two new facilities might eventually fit into the residential program."

Charles Commons, now under construction in the same area of North Charles Street as the newly acquired buildings, will offer housing to about 600 students. The Charles and Blackstone, occupied primarily already by Johns Hopkins students, can accommodate a total of 236 tenants.

McGill said that no firm decision has been made about the future of the two buildings and there is no timetable as yet for making that decision.

"No funding has been identified that would allow any major renovations to the Charles or Blackstone for the purpose of bringing them into the university housing system," he said. “Still, this purchase marks another important step forward as the university seeks to realize our long-term goals for student life." .


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