The Charles Center - Inner Harbor Corporation, officially founded in 1965, was an out-growth of the Planning Council of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Committee for Downtown. In June 1959, Walter Sondheim, Jr., chairman of the Commission of the Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency (BURHA), announced the appointment of J. Jefferson Miller as General Manager of the Charles Center Project. The following year, Martin Millspaugh left the United States Urban Renewal Administration to become Miller's Deputy General Manager. These two men, responsible for the Charles Center Project from 1960-65, ran the office based on personal contract with the city.
In 1965, BURHA asked Miller and Millspaugh to administer the redevelopment of the two hundred forty acres adjacent to the Central Business District. To carry out this project, they formed Charles Center - Inner Harbor Management, Inc. (CC-IH) as a non-profit corporation. Miller became Chairman of the Board and Millspaugh became President. On September 1, 1965 CC-IH and the Mayor and City Council implemented a contract. Under this contract, CC-IH, constituted as a quasi-public development corporation, performed such city agency functions as purchasing property and overseeing rental properties, demolition and construction; the corporation was accountable to the Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Commission, since renamed Commission of Housing and Community Development.
In 1970, CC-IH assumed responsibility for the administration of Metro-Center, overseeing private and public development throughout downtown Baltimore. At that time, Walter Sondheim, General Manager of the Metro-Centro program, was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board. At Miller's death in 1975, Sondheim became Chairman.
In 1984, as a result of several administrative changes implemented by Mayor Schaefer, Martin Millspaugh became Chairman of CC-IH. Replacing him as president was Albert M. Copp. Walter Sondheim, former Chairman, left the Board to become head of the Mayor's Office of Special Projects.
CC-IH continues to function as a private corporation providing specialized services on a contractual basis. Responsible for the development of downtown Baltimore, the corporation acts in a third party role, able to represent both the city and developers in the rebirth of downtown Baltimore.