Community leaders — particularly those in less-affluent areas — said the influx of cash is sorely needed.
Dale Hargrave, president of the New Greenmount West Community Association, said he hopes the partnership would help fund the renovation of rowhomes and apartment buildings for lower-income residents.
Sandra Coles, the head of the Greater Greenmount Community Association, said she was glad that Barclay, where she lives, would benefit from Hopkins' largesse, but she regretted that Midway, a neighborhood also represented by her group, was not included.
"The monies are going to go where Johns Hopkins students are," she said. Midway residents "don't understand Barclay somehow being favored."
Farther south, Don Donahue, president of the Charles North Association, said he would like to use the funds to establish a land bank to facilitate the sale and revitalization of vacant buildings.
Revitalization projects led by the University of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art are converging on the Charles North neighborhood, which includes the blocks near the train station and the Station North arts and entertainment district.
Donahue said he was heartened to hear Daniels say one of his goals was to make streets better lit and more walkable from Hopkins to Penn Station.
While Hopkins' presence has been strongly felt in Charles Village for decades, the latest initiative represents an expansion of the university's footprint.
The university's decision to help Greenmount West pleased Hargrave.
"We all live in the same place called Baltimore City; we have some pressing issues and pressing needs and if we put our heads together, it's a win-win for everyone," he said.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeremy Bauer-Wolf contributed to this article.