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The Gazette: Fitzgerald Billed as Baltimore's Biggest Green Apartment Community

February 05, 2010

The Bozzuto Group announced that it is building The Fitzgerald at UB Midtown as the largest certified "green" apartment community in the Baltimore area.

The mixed-use development, which will include 275 apartments, 24,000 square feet of street-level retail and a 1,245-space parking garage, is being constructed for certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The Fitzgerald garage opened Jan. 11, and apartment units will begin to be ready for occupancy in early summer.

"As a longtime multifamily developer, we have for many years believed that growth can be both economically and environmentally sound," said Thomas S. Bozzuto, CEO of The Bozzuto Group of Greenbelt, in a statement. "We believe The Fitzgerald takes that notion to the next level."

To achieve LEED certification, Bozzuto designed the building to run with 70 percent of the building's electricity purchased from renewable sources. Dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and low-flow showers collectively will reduce water consumption by 40 percent, according to the developer.

Unlike many new residential and commercial projects, The Fitzgerald is a transit-oriented development at a light rail stop and within two blocks of Penn Station. The building's neighbors include the University of Baltimore, the Lyric Opera House and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

A 20,000-square-foot Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Superstore will serve as the anchor of the retail portion of The Fitzgerald.

The Fitzgerald is a joint venture between The Bozzuto Group, Gould Property Co., NYSTRS and former Baltimore Raven Michael McCrary, and sits on 4.6 acres owned by the University of Baltimore.