Lots Happening on Light St.

| August 14, 2012 | 5 Comments

I swear I could start my own website just dedicated to all of the recent developments on Light St. (… luckily though these are only part of all the exciting things going on in South Baltimore.)  Even though Light St. is currently a construction zone with the large street resurfacing project, it hasn’t stopped the improvement of current businesses and the opening of new ones. Let’s work our way north!

1800 Block

Hersh’s Pizza has been making some nice improvements to the outside of their restaurant recently.  They have just recently cleaned up the trim work on the front of their restaurant and finished it off with a new gray (with maybe a hint of blue or lavender?) paint job. They have also added steel railings around their patio, new benches for those waiting for a table and family style tables with red metal chairs.

1500 Block

It appears work has started in preparation for the new restaurant at 1542 (formerly the Reserve, 1542 Gastro Pub, etc.) which I’m being told will be called Langermann’s on Light St.  The original Langermann’s offers southern inspired lunch and dinner and is located at the Can Company in Canton. If it is anything like the original, this should be a  really great addition to the area.  For those interested in applying you can call 410-534-3287.  They are aiming for an October opening.

1400 Block

The 1400 block is undergoing a serious facelift right now which includes the three property renovations on the NW corner of Fort and Light St. that has been weighing the block down for 12 years.  That property has now finally begun construction on their storefronts which is quite the upgrade over the plywood wall that was there for way too long. It looks like there will be space for three retail businesses as well as apartments above.

Don’t Know is also undergoing a renovation to the outside of their restaurant.  The awning has been removed which revealed a really nice cornice underneath.  Trim work has been installed over the brick wall, all of the trim and cornice have been repainted and new lights have been installed.  They aren’t completely finished yet, but it’s looking really good.

The new restaurant going in at the former Bicycle/Centro restaurant looks well underway.  A new green paint job has started on the outside.

School 33 Art Center is also getting in on the action. The side yards on both sides of the great looking historic building used to be overgrown with weeds and had rusty fences.  The side yard to the north now has a new fence, picnic tables and some really great landscaping including sunflowers.  It looks like work is getting ready to start on the southern side yard as the fence has been removed and the yard has been tilled.

1100 Block

I’m not sure there is a block in Baltimore that has completed a bigger facelift in the last 12 months than the 1100 block of Light St. which includes the new 1111 Light Street development as well as new retail businesses including 7-Eleven, M&T Bank, Knockout Fitness and Cross Street Kabob House. American Apparel also took over Computer Harbor’s space and Light Street Nails underwent a recent renovation.

It appears Keller Williams Realty is looking to make their mark on the very active South Baltimore real estate market.  They have opened up a new office at the retail location previously occupied by Wells Fargo Mortgage.

Light Street Cafe opened this week.  They painted the outside a gold color, as well as added several large signs to the window.  This is a great improvement as previous businesses did very little to the outside and used a graffitied metal garage door to secure the property each night.

I also noticed that the For Lease sign has been taken out of the window of the old Bobbabooi’s location, which usually means a place is no longer available.  Bobbabooi’s is now on Charles St. and had a nice write-up in Bmore Media today.

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