New Team Takes Over – and Scales Down – 1100 Key Highway Apartment Project

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

482788_554199877952916_943180137_nIn March 2014, Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Company proposed a 305-unit apartment building at 1100 Key Hwy. in front of Digital Harbor High School (DHHS) in Federal Hill, but now a group based out of Bethesda, MD will be taking over the development opportunity. The Bainbridge Companies recently purchased the property and is proposing a new apartment building with approximately 225-250 apartments.

Alliance planned a nine-story, 305-unit apartment building with a 305-car parking garage. The proposal from Bainbridge includes a eight-story building, making it lower in height than DHHS, and a likely 1-to-1 apartment to parking spot ratio. The project will again be designed by Baltimore-based Hord Coplan Macht.

The property is more than a block in length and will sit in between DHHS on Covington St. and the HarborView Community on Key Hwy. Adjacent to the east is CrossFit Federal Hill. The last evidence of a building on the property was seen in historical pictures from the early 1900s when a thin brick building stood across from the Bethlehem Steel ship repair yard, which is now the site of HarborView.

The property is in the Key Highway neighborhood (adjacent to the Federal Hill neighborhood) and will be a part of the Key Highway Waterfront Master Plan, which was created in 2008. This will be the second project of the new master plan, coming after Riverside Wharf.

Bainbridge owns, manages and builds apartment communities. It manages approximately 27,000 units and owns approximately 16,000 units. Members from the Bainbridge team have not decided yet if they will build the development themselves or contract the construction to another company.

Josh Wooldridge, senior development director at The Bainbridge Companies, told the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association (FHNA) that they are really excited to finally get their own project in Baltimore (Bainbridge also manages 222 Saratoga Street downtown). Wooldridge told the group that he would like to stop by their meetings on a monthly basis to provide updates and get feedback from the community. He also expressed an interest in setting up a mentoring program with DHHS.

Members of FHNA let Bainbridge know that parking was a huge issue with the last proposal.

First designs for the project will be seen at the May 14th Urban Design & Architecture Review Panel (UDARP) hearing.

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