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Heritage Crossing

Baltimore, Maryland
A & R Development Corporation

Heritage Crossing, winner of the Best in American Living award was an exciting and challenging project which revitalized a key area of west Baltimore. Marks Thomas collaborated with Urban Design Associates to replace the existing public housing through Hope VI funding with a mixed-income neighborhood of 185 homes and 75 rental units. The development consists of mainly three bedroom homes with just over 1,400 SF. A historic Victorian-era gazebo was restored to serve as the community’s centerpiece. The design was guided by principles of New Urbanism. A carefully landscaped village green, shortened streets, large backyards and a mixture of housing types, many with large front porches, tall windows and brick siding provide a new sense of community in a previously blighted area.


  • Maryland Department of Planning, Governor’s Award for Smart Growth, Vision Award
  • HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence, Best in American Living Award