August 4, 2021


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Group with Ties to Kevin Durant Selected for $150 Million-Plus Renovation of the Baltimore Arena –

The Baltimore Enchancment Company (BDC) introduced right now That it will enter Proper into an Uniqu.......

The Baltimore Enchancment Company (BDC) introduced right now That it will enter Proper into an Unique Negotiating Privilege (ENP) and Proper of Entry settlement with Oak View Group (OVG) To bartworker a lease and administration settlement for The metropolis-owned area, Usually acknowledged As a Outcome of the Baltimore Arena, located at 201 W. Baltimore St. OVG was Definitely one of three respondents to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by BDC on behalf of The metropolis of Baltimore.

Beneath the proposal, OVG and their area partworkners, Thirty-5 Ventures, based by Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman, will absolutely fund The worth of The world’s complete renovation, which is estimated to value A minimal of $150 million.

In a press launch BDC said: “Today’s announcement is A critical milestone in realizing The metropolis’s prolonged-sought objective Of getting a state-of-the-artwork, trendy area in downmetropolis. The enterprise will Carry out a key anchor on downmetropolis’s west facet and assist drive further make investmentsment and development Inside The world.”

OVG is A worldwide sports activities and leisure agency based by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG is main the redevelopment and operations of Local climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, WA For mannequin spanking new NHL group Seattle Kracken; UBS Arena in Belmont, NY for The mannequin Ny Islanders; Moody Center in Austin, TX for the College of Texas; Coachella Valley Arena in Palm Desert, CA; and an area development enterprise in Manchester, UK.

BDC said the objective of the RFP was to “solicit proposals from expertised respondents in amenities development, administration, promotion, manufacturing, and currentation of stay leisure for the Baltimore Arena.”

The City was Looking for a developer to “reimagine, redevelop, and reposition the Arena in its current location; maximize direct and oblique advantages of the Arena to The metropolis; activate road-diploma facades; assist the convention center operations and the broader tourism enterprise; obtain The very Highest extreme quality of architectural exterior/inside design, and catalyze make investmentsment Inside The encircling downmetropolis space; guarantee well timed destayry, whereas minimizing operational influence; enhance and make investments private capital for The complete redevelopment; demonstprice design excellence; current employment and teaching alternatives for Baltimore City refacetnts.”

BDC declined To say a performance of the new enterprise and said the storage will stay on website. Additional particulars Shall be revealed On the Baltimore City Planning Departworkment City Design and Architectural Advisory Panel Finally.

“OVG and Thirty-5 Ventures’ ardour for Baltimore mixed with exemplary expertise Inside the design, development, and operation of sports activities and leisure venues makes the group A clear Selection to reimagine the Baltimore Arena,” said Colin Tarbert, prefacetnt and CEO of BDC, in a press launch. “OVG and Thirty-5 Ventures’ primary private make investmentsment is A strong endorsement that Baltimore stays A strong Market for financial progress.”

OVG and Thirty-5 Ventures said is dedicated to attaining 45 % minority And women-owned enterprise partworkicipation all by way of development and sustaining that partworkicipation price by way of ongoing operations. As properly as, the partworkners’ widespread contractor, Clark Construction, will prioritize the hiring of metropolis refacetnts And current pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeship packages.

“We’re joyful to enter into exclusive negotiations with BDC to revery importantize the Baltimore Arena,” said Leiweke in a press launch. “Baltimore has such a rich music and sports activities historic previous, and We look forward to working with the Mayor, BDC and the group To raise stay leisure Inside the metropolis and make the Baltimore Arena a premier vacation spot for The Most very important artworkists and occasions On the eartworkh.”

Durant and Kleiman commented: “We’re thrilled thOn the Baltimore Enchancment Company has chosen our partworkners at Oak View Group for this groundbreaking renovation. OVG has conagencyed its popularity for innovation Inside the venue space, and we’re Looking forward to working with them to convey Baltimore Arena and a myriad sports activities and leisure alternatives, to life in Baltimore.”

“I am thrilled thOn The metropolis has recognized, by way of a aggressive course of, a extremely succesful agency to renovate this critically important Baltimore cultural facility,” said District 11 Councilman Eric Costello in a press launch. “Maintaining The earlier Baltimore Civic Center, now the Baltimore Arena, on the west facet of Baltimore’s downmetropolis is extremely important As a Outcome of it assists so many completely different redevelopment efforts in that space.  Doing so with private dollars is clearly An limitless win for The metropolis.”

“Today, I’m joyful to have given BDC the go forward to enter into final and exclusive negotiations with OVG, which Is An important key step in the direction of realizing the prolonged-awaited transformation of The prolonged-finaling and historic Baltimore Arena Proper into a world-class leisure venue,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott in a press launch. “The enterprise will catalyze the reopening of Baltimore’s tourism and hospitality market and reposition Baltimore as a vacation spot for prime-tier nationwide occasions and stay leisure. I Look forward to being briefed on BDC’s final negotiations and deal phrases.”

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