1901 South Charles Gets Support for Adjacent Trailer

| April 4, 2012 | 2 Comments

John Mayer, president of Chesapeake Realty Partners, and his attorney came to the SBNA meeting last night to seek approval for a leasing trailer for their new 1901 South Charles Street development.  The trailer would be located at 1900 S. Charles St. adjacent to the new apartment building and facing Wells St.  1900 S. Charles is currently Pratt Thompson Co. Inc., a plumbing warehouse with a front yard facing Wells St.

Ahead of schedule because of an incredibly mild winter, Chesapeake Realty Partners is hoping their temporary trailer, which will house their leasing office, will occupy the space from May through July.   This will allow them a space to review prospective tenants while the permanent leasing office is still under construction.

In a unanimous vote, SBNA gave their support for the trailer at 1900 S. Charles St.  “Anything looks better than the way it looks now,” said a resident of the 1800 block of Charles St.  That response got a laugh out of the crowd.  Chesapeake also assured they would landscape around the trailer and replace the grass when finished.  “We want the site to look good, we have  millions invested right across the street,” said Mayer.   Chesapeake will go before zoning on April 17th.

1901 South Charles Street will begin pre-leasing on May 1st, with the first move-ins scheduled for July 1st.  “The project has gone really well and we are getting ready for street work around the project.  The exterior of the building should be fully completed by August, and the building will be 100% completed this year,” Mayer told SBNA.

WPM will be in charge of leasing the 193 units at 1901 South Charles Street.  There will be 72 2-bedroom apartments, 96 1-bedroom apartments, and 25 efficiencies.  That is a total of 265 bedrooms, and there will be 290 parking spots available, plus a first floor bike room.  The building will create new parking spaces on Marshall St., as well as the creation of Winder St. behind the development.

Mayer was not yet sure if parking would be included with the monthly rents which range from $1300 to $2200 per unit.  Chesapeake purchased the project in the 11th hour from the previous developer, and could not confirm any promises made  by the past owners. Mayer offered his contact information for any concerned neighbors and vowed to be available for any concerns or questions.  “Parking, parking, parking!  I know how it important it is to you guys,” said Mayer.

Mayer is also committed to luring the Charm City Circulator closer to Wells St.  “Having the Circulator closer would really be key to our development, so it is something we really want to see.”  SBNA has long desired that the Purple Route extends farther into South Baltimore and that the new Banner Route cuts through South Baltimore.


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