Virginia Developer Gets Hearing With City Council for His $10 billion ‘Baltimore Renaissance’ Idea

A little-known Northern Virginia developer has what he calls a $10 billion idea for revitalizing Baltimore by making a nonprofit he would establish the master planner for dozens of construction projects to be executed and paid for by other developers.

A self-described boutique developer, real estate investor and urban planner, Kahan S. Dhillon Jr. will get a chance to pitch his idea, dubbed The Baltimore Renaissance, next week before a City Council committee, but the number is so eye-popping and Dhillon is such an unknown quantity that the proposal has drawn skepticism from some local officials and real estate professionals who have made a living building in Baltimore.

“In Baltimore we are not lacking plans,” said Klaus Philipsen, a Baltimore architect. “We are lacking capital.”