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| April 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

Wall of Blight Coming Down in Pigtown

Unfortunately in  many city neighborhoods that have close to 50 properties per block, it only takes a couple to bring down the hard work of all the other great properties.  There are a lot of great things going on in Pigtown and Pigtown Main Street, but the enormous wall of blight on Washington Blvd. and Cross St. has been an eyesore for the neighborhood for a long time.  The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) has offered it for development for many years. There was even rumored to be a Thirsty Dog inspired pub called the Thirsty Pig many years ago.

The properties on the 900 block of Washington Blvd. appear finally ready for development.  A sign currently on the property reads, “demolition will begin 4/11/12.”  That date has passed, but that is not uncommon with the start of most demolition projects.  A developer has proposed knocking down 929-937 Washington Blvd. for use as a paved open space for now and rehabbing the homes on 925 and 927 Washington Blvd.  The developer has expressed using the new open space for farmers markets and community fundraisers and exploring further development of the space in the future.

While this isn’t the most exciting development for a property in a prime Pigtown location, it is a victory of addition by subtraction.  This property is such an eyesore for the area that eliminating it will make a huge difference.  Pigtown is the type of area that needs to show as well as possible to reach its potential and that property immediately raises a lot of questions and eyebrows when people see it.  It has also been the  home to squatters, stray cats and drug use.

Hopefully the demolition will start this Monday. I’m sure many in the area will cheers the moment when it starts – a big victory for Pigtown!

Home Slyce Bar to Open Monday

Former Bill’s Lighthouse Inn is set to become Home Slyce Pizza Bar. They are hoping to open this Monday.  The 1700 block of Light St. has always been a frustration to many in SoBo and Home Slyce has already made a terrific difference to the corner of Light and Barney St.  The outside has been painted black and grey with new lights, a new sign and a bunch of spruce trees along the perimeter of the building.  There is also great looking outdoor patio seating.  What a difference this bar has already made to the appearance of the block!

I did get a peek on the inside when walking by and it looks great.  The floors are a glossed and stained concrete, there is a hardwood wall, as well as great brick and metal accents.  There is also a large Light St. sign and a traffic light inside.  I look forward to trying it.

Uncle Pete’s/J&P’s Renovation Looking Good! 

Uncle Pete’s Grille was also a good spot to get pizza in South Baltimore.  The carryout place has been purchased and is undergoing a new name and renovation from a local entrepreneur.  I don’t have any information yet on the menu, but the renovation is looking really nice.  Just walking by I’ve seen new hardwood floors, exposed brick and metal ceilings.  It does look like they are creating spaces for dining in.  Should be open soon.

Jimmy John’s Opens at McHenry Row

National sub shop Jimmy John’s has opened its doors at McHenry Row.  The place also has a nice patio for outdoor seating.  All of the announced businesses at McHenry Row now appear to be open. We’ll keep you posted if we hear of any businesses taking the remaining retail property.

Dollar Tree Nears Opening

I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of excited to see what $1 will get me at the new Dollar Tree.  The new store, taking the old Goodwill Superstore space, has signs and shelves already.  They are also hiring if anyone is looking for employment and should open in the next couple of weeks.

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