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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
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Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

October 7, 2004
To: Reporters, editors, producers
From: Amy Cowles | 443-287-9960 | amycowles@jhu.edu
Re: Charles Commons groundbreaking ceremony
When: 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15
Where: 33rd St. between Charles and St. Paul streets

University officials and students will mark the official start of construction at the future site of Charles Commons, a residential, dining and retail complex. Speakers include Johns Hopkins University President William R. Brody; Paula Burger, dean for undergraduate education and vice provost for academic affairs; Susan Boswell, dean of student life; and architect Chris Harvey of Design Collective. The project is being developed by a Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse-led team called the Collegetown Development Alliance.

Scheduled for completion by summer 2006, Charles Commons will house 618 students. Plans include two student-housing buildings linked by a walkway/bridge over Lovegrove Street. The 12-story Charles Street building will have 100,000 square feet of space and feature ground-floor retail facing 33rd Street. The St. Paul Street building will be 10 floors with 203,000 square feet of space, including a student dining facility and a two-story Barnes & Noble bookstore, which will sell magazines, CDs and sundries as well as textbooks and popular books. It also will have a coffee shop. The store will be triple the size of the existing Barnes & Noble, located in the basement of Homewood's Gilman Hall.

Media wishing to cover this event should contact Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960 or amycowles@jhu.edu.

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