Real Estate/Development Roundup

| April 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Down Goes Frazier!

Last week we talked about the ugly wall of blight that comprised many of the buildings on the corner of Washington Blvd. and West Cross St. in Pigtown getting ready for a long-awaited demolition.   Over the course of Thursday and Friday the structure was demolished and what an amazing difference it makes to the area already.  The first thing I thought in my head was, “I’ve never noticed those trees before!”  Trees surround the perimeter and I had never noticed them because my eyes were always glued to the the boarded up mess.

The developer is going to pave the demolished buildings for community events to take place and will be rehabbing the homes of 925 and 927 Washington Blvd., two buildings that are also in dire need of renovation. Great news for Pigtown Main Street!


Proton Treatment Center Breaks Ground

The University of Maryland continues its investment into SoWeBo as they broke ground on the 110,000 sq. foot Proton Treatment Center on West Baltimore St. adjacent to the UM Biopark.  The center is projected to cost $200 million and will include a hotel.  The center is expected to treat 2,000 cancer patients each season.  Many projects are planned for that section of SoWeBo including a mixed use project a block south on Schroeder St.

Many are hoping that University of Maryland’s investment into the area will trickle down into areas like Pigtown and Hollins Roundouse, though they are off to a rough start by relocating their methadone clinic to West Pratt St. just two block from the historic Hollins Market.


1901 South Charles Street Gets Closer to Occupancy

On Friday, 1901 South Charles St. brought their leasing trailer that will occupy the front lawn of Pratt Thompson Co. Inc. at 1900 S. Charles St.  They are hoping to start pre-leasing on May 1st and have their first units scheduled for a move in date of July 1st.  Currently the structure of the building is fully in place and they are finishing the facade of the building which includes a combination of brick, stucco and tiles.  As soon as construction is finished to the outside of the building, a fence will be removed which will reopen the curb on Wells St., as well as reopen parking on the 1900 block of S. Charles St. and introduce parking on Marshall St. and Winder St.

Home Slyce Opens, Makes Big Difference on Barney and Light St.

On many occasions, has mentioned the frustrations caused by the 1700 block of Light St. in South Baltimore.  The opening of Home Slyce has made a terrific improvement to the corner of Light St. and Barney St. and the south end of the 1700 block.  Home Slyce features many outdoor tables with umbrellas that are surrounded by spruce trees in planters.  It has made such a big difference on that corner and the area immediately seems so much more vibrant.

The exterior of the restaurant was also repainted black with gray accents and new lighting and a nice sign was added.  Though I haven’t had a full dinner at Home Slyce yet, I have sampled the french  fries with “Yummy Sauce” and a slice of the chicken pesto pizza – both were very good.  If only the Victory House would topple like the building in our first topic, there would be a big celebration in South Baltimore.

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