Green Door Properties Reveals Plans for a 42-Townhome Project at 1800 S. Hanover St.

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The development team of Green Door Properties presented plans to neighbors and members of the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA) last night for a 42-townhome project at 1800 S. Hanover St. The area for the proposed property is currently occupied by a large white warehouse, which would be demolished as part of the project. The area borders the 1800 blocks of Hanover St. and Clarkson St., the 100 block of W. Barney St., and the location of the commercial truck repair company Middleton and Meads.

Three rows of 16 ft. by 40 ft. townhomes would be constructed with 16 homes facing Hanover St., 11 homes facing Clarkson St., and 15 homes in between the two. The middle row of townhomes would face a new courtyard on one side and a new alley or street (the official naming or classification of this thoroughfare is still TBD) on the other side. Each brick townhome is expected to be three stories, with the potential of a fourth-story penthouse, and will feature a one-car garage and one-car parking pad. All new construction townhomes in Baltimore City feature a five-year property tax phase in.

The homes on Clarkson and the new alley or street will front a new pedestrian-only courtyard where each home will have a small private space as well.

This project has been in the works since before the housing downturn of the mid-2000s, during which the building was rezoned from industrial to residential. The team has already met with city officials for pre-approvals and will need a zoning variance for a rear-yard setback, so that the homes can be constructed further back on each lot, as well as a variance so that some of the homes can be constructed not facing existing city streets.

The project will also need to pass through the architectural board and remedy minor environmental issues from prior use at the site. Shane Mitchell of Green Door Properties said that they “would like to start tomorrow,” but the project will likely get started in 12-18 months as they move through the approval and permitting process.

1800 S. Hanover St. is currently the home of Couser Supply Inc., a residential and commercial hauling company, as well as the Law Offices of Edward J. Mayer. Mitchell told SouthBMore.com that both companies were already in the process of finding a new home.

Green Door Properties has several other projects underway in the community including a five-townhome project at 130 E. Fort Ave. and a six-home project (three rehabs, three new construction townhomes) at 1500 S. Charles St. 

The 1800 block of S. Hanover St. is a gateway to downtown and the South Baltimore neighborhood from Route 2. Work is already underway on new traffic calming medians designed to slow the speed of traffic and create a more residential look for the area. The city also recently released a plan to study the Hanover Street Bridge Corridor, which includes the section of Hanover St. from Reedbird Ave. to Wells St., which is adjacent to this proposed project.

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