Thirteen Townhomes Planned for Fort Ave. and Race St.

| May 24, 2013 | 5 Comments

photoThe new townhome construction market in South Baltimore continues to be very active as Steve Strohecker of Long and Foster is planning 13 new townhomes for a property  currently featuring a vacant lot and abandoned buildings bordering Fort Ave., Race St. and Clarkson St.  The vacant lot facing Fort Ave. and Race St. has been planned for new townhomes twice by previous developers. Now in the hands Strohecker and his team, they are able to also add an abandoned church and warehouse on Clarkson St. to the project to increase  the development to 13 homes. The prior proposals featured only ten homes or less.

“If you take a ride around the neighborhood, you can tell see all of the momentum. The timing is right, not only is this area becoming a signature market, but tax credits on new construction townhomes and low interest rates are also driving the market,”  Strohecker told He hopes to break ground in September with construction to take approximately four to six months.

The development will feature three buildings – one on Clarkson featuring  four homes, one on Fort Ave. featuring six homes and one behind Fort Ave. featuring three homes.  The buildings will form a courtyard with three of the homes facing it.  The courtyard will either feature brick or an upgraded concrete to give it a nice feel for gathering.

photoThe three different buildings will feature homes of different sizes with three different price points.  They will have between three to four bedrooms and three to four bathrooms with the largest homes being approximately 3,000 square feet.  Each home will feature a roof deck and  a two-car garage. Prices are expected to start in the $400,000s.

The existing church will be demolished to make room for the development.  “Outside of a stone facade, the building does not resemble a church because it has been gutted and stripped on the inside.  We’ve been in touch with Second Chance to see what aspects of the building can be saved,” said Strohecker.

The project has been well received by SBNA and their board. Strohecker also has a meeting regarding the project with the Zoning Board on June 11th.


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