Construction Begins on Wells Street Pocket Park

| August 25, 2016 | 1 Comments

Construction began this week on a new pocket park at a vacant city-owned lot at the corner of S. Charles St. and Wells St. Chesapeake Realty Partners, owners of the adjacent 2 East Wells and 1901 South Charles developments, has secured a 10-year lease with the city to adopt and maintain the lot. Chesapeake will remove the fence facing the alley, a place where trash often piles up; provide and maintain new landscaping and trees on the lot; install benches and dog waste pickup stations; and remove snow during winter months.

“The corner of South Charles and Wells Street is the front door to South Baltimore,” said Josh Fidler, co-chairman of Chesapeake Realty Partners. “We want our front door to reflect the wonderful qualities of our neighborhood and welcome residents and visitors.”

The condition of this lot has been a topic of conversation at many South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA) meetings with members of the community seeking improvements for the property. Chesapeake’s plan was unanimously approved when presented to SBNA in November of last year.

Construction is expected to take two to three weeks.

The new park is part of several improvements coming to Wells St. and Hanover St., described as a “gateway” to South Baltimore by SBNA.  Medians were constructed last year on the 1800 and 1700 blocks of S. Hanover St. to slow traffic and add landscaping to the area, an effort led by SBNA and Baltimore City Department of Transportation. Sagamore recently completed landscaping improvements on the medians and SBNA and Sagamore are currently in discussions about a long-term agreement for maintenance of this space, which would relieve the expense from SBNA.

SBNA, in partnership with the Neighborhood Design Center, is also currently working on new signage and landscaping for the corners of Hanover and Wells using Casino Impact Funds. It is also working with the owner of 1845 S. Hanover St. on a mural for the side of Bumper Globe.

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Trash collected at the lot last winter

Trash collected at the lot last winter.

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