South Baltimore News and Business Roundup

| May 22, 2013 | 4 Comments

New Apartments Proposed for Otterbein

The real estate boom in South Baltimore continues as another major residential real estate development is planned for the University Specialty Hospital site in Otterbein at 601 S. Charles St.  A plan for a charter school was rejected for the building last year and the Abell Foundation is now pursuing apartments.  From an article in the Baltimore Business Journal:

Neighbors are expected to support a residential development on the site because it would generate much less traffic than the charter school the Abell Foundation originally proposed, said Baltimore City Councilman William H. Cole IV, who is sponsoring the land use legislation.

Embry (Robert C. Embry of the Abell Foundation) said it’s still too early to discuss project cost, the number of units in the building, or whether major modifications are needed on the site. Asked whether demolishing the former hospital was a possibility, Embry said, “that’s an option, but we’re not assuming that.”

The Abell Foundation also created a lot of headlines in SoWeBo last year for a very unpopular move to purchase 1001 and 1101 West Pratt St. for the relocation of the UMMC Walter P. Carter drug treatment clinic, as well as saving Baltimore Behavioral Health from their foreclosure.

The Armoire Moves to Light Street

Federal Hill consignment shop The Armoire has moved from 735 S. Hanover St. to 905 Light St. at the former home of Coldwell Banker in the Federal Hill Business District.  The Armoire’s slogan is “The Most Happening Consignment Shop in Town.”

photoAlozio Hair Opens on Light St.

More updates for the highly-active Light St. as Alozio Hair has opened at 920 Light St., the former (brief) home of Happy Times. This location is part of the recently renovated cluster of properties at 916-924 Light St.

Brightside Boutique Adds Online Sales

The popular Federal Hill boutique, Brightside Boutique & Art Studio, at 1133 S. Charles St. has launched a new website, Shoppers can now purchase the boutique’s items online.

Five Points Tavern Closes

Locust Point’s Five Points Tavern at 1120 E. Fort Ave. is currently closed  as a liquor license issue is posted on the front door.  We’ll keep you posted on the business and location.

Waterfront Promenade Could Soon Feature Cycling

Baltimore Business Journal is reporting that the Department of Transportation is requesting to study the addition of bike paths along Baltimore’s seven-mile waterfront promenade from Canton to Locust Point.  From the article:

The city’s Department of Transportation is requesting $43,627 to study implementing bike paths along the city’s waterfront promenade, an almost seven-mile stretch that runs from the Museum of Industry in Federal Hill to Canton Waterfront Park.

The study, which will be funded by a 2012 grant of $50,000 from the Maryland Bikeways Program, will compare Baltimore’s waterfront promenade to cities with similar conditions.



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