Riverside Wharf Design Gets Approval

| April 2, 2012 | 2 Comments


After a second go around with the Urban Design and Architecture Design Panel, Riverside Wharf has received approval for their design.  The project will be seeking approval from the Planning Commission  next week.  Designed by Michael Burton of Urban Design Group and developed by Arsh Mirmiran of Caves Valley Partners, Riverside Wharf seeks to start this fall.   American Infrastructure, the contractor for the Fort Ave. bridge replacement, is currently using the site for their equipment and trailers.  Most of our readers are not confident the bridge will be completed by the target date of June 1st, so we’ll keep an eye on that.

Riverside Wharf at Lawrence St. is the first project in the new Key Highway master plan.  The development will will occupy an old industrial site at Lawrence and Key Hwy. in Riverside.  The building plans include a 14,000 square foot Walgreens across the ground level of the development.  The Walgreens will have 60 designated parking spots and will not feature a drive-thru, although there will be an easy entrance into the store from the garage. The lease with Walgreens has already been signed.

The building will be three stories high. The upper levels will include two floors of office space with 90 designated parking spots.  The parking garage will extend to the second floor at a portion of the building.  Also the developer of 1111 Light Street, Developer Arsh Mirmiran believes that medical offices will be perfect for the 25,000 square feet of available office space.

The design of the building will have the feeling of an old industrial wharf.  There will be a brick facade along Key Hwy., Boyle St., Harvey St. and Lawrence St. and there will be a modern looking curve at the corner of Key and Lawrence.  The curve did not go over well with Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel originally, so they kept the industrial feel going throughout by continuing the brick throughout the base of the curve.

The building will be surrounded by trees and the roof will be green (made of vegetation.) There will also be an outdoor arcade-style area facing Harvey St.  Barring any setbacks they are hoping the have the project completed by late 2013.

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