1100 Block of Light Street Makeover Nearing Completion

| May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

The 1100 block of Light St., which begins just steps south of the Cross Street Market, has been undergoing a major makeover for the last couple years.  1111 Light Street is close to completion with an open 7-Eleven, an M&T Banks close to completion, three tech companies moving into the office space and 93 new luxury apartments nearing completion.

The changes, however, are not limited to just 1111 Light Street – Cross Street Kabob House and Bababooeys Treasure Chest recently opened, James Pharmacy and Light Street Cycles moved into new locations on the block and Republic Noodle was there (and since then disappeared).  Light Street Nails also underwent a renovation and it appears Wells Fargo and State Farm are upgrading their facade.

SouthBMore.com spoke with Jeremy Landsman of JBL Real Estate and he filled us in on three new leases recently signed that will be joining the 1100 block of Light St.  The first is the retail location that was previously occupied by Computer Harbor.  This space will be leased by American Apparel who will use the location for offices and storage for their adjacent retail location.  Hopefully they improve the appearance of this storefront.

I’m sure a few people were upset to see Poptronics leave, which was Federal Hill’s headquarters for foam and one of the very few places around that you could get blast-from-the-past electronics like Walkmans, portable battery-powered radios and old karaoke machines.  Landsman informed SouthBMore.com that a new boxing gym will be occupying the available space.  I’m not sure if the gym will be a breeding ground for the next Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, or a hot new workout trend for our fitness crazy neighborhood, but hopefully they do something about the pebble stucco finish on the outside.

Republic Noodle didn’t last very long but either did the vacancy of its former space.  Landsman told SouthBMore.com that JBL agreed to a lease with a new restaurant today, but the details could not yet be revealed.  I would love to see a full blown Vietnamese pho restaurant, but I guess we’ll find out soon.  Once again this is another retail spot that doesn’t show well from the outside so a facade facelift would be very welcomed.

It appears the only spot still available on the 1100 block is the other half of the old McCrory Dollar Store.  Light Street Cycles moved into the northern portion of the building and Coldwell Banker is now advertising the southern portion is available for lease.  The entire spot was rumored to be a diner about five years ago but those plans never came to fruition.

It is certainly great to see so much interest in Federal Hill Main Street and I look forward to the new businesses and an improved street appearance.


About the Author:

Founder and Publisher of SouthBmore.com, longtime resident of South Baltimore, and a graduate of Towson University. Diehard Ravens and O's fan, father of three, amateur pizza chef, skateboarder, and "bar food" foodie. Email me at Kevin@InceptMM.com and follow me on Twitter at @SoBoKevin.