New Apartment Building Proposed to Replace the Victory House in South Baltimore

| October 18, 2016 | 1 Comments

The Victory House at 1702-1708 Light St. in South Baltimore is under contract with developer Brandon Chasen who is proposing a new apartment building at the site. Chasen and architect Julie Tice of Eastend Design Group presented the plan at last week’s South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA) general membership meeting. The Victory House is a 7,074 sq. ft., 39-bedroom, two-bathroom residence that was recently condemned and shut down by Housing and Community Development (HCD) due to structural issues.

The site footprint is 4,533 sq. ft. Chasen is proposing demolishing the existing building and replacing it with a new 13,000 sq. ft., four-story, 15-unit apartment building. The units would break down as 11 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units for a combined 19 bedrooms total. Design elements have not been finalized, but Chasen and Tice said the building exterior would likely be brick and that they are working with a contractor who specializes in historical preservation.

With no alley access available to the site, and currently no parking, the team is proposing a curb cut on Light St. which would eliminate one or two parking spots and lead to a first-floor, 10-car parking garage. Parking will be included in the rent and will be first-come, first-serve to tenants. The garage will also have “numerous” bicycle parking spaces. Residents will not be eligible for any area Residential Permit Parking (RPP) passes.

During the discussion with SBNA, concerns were voiced about the amount of parking spaces and its impact on the neighborhood. Also brought up was a desire to not see the property return to its former use, which was a common topic of frustration for SBNA and the adjacent Riverside Neighborhood Association (RNA), which team up on Citizens on Patrol (COP) walks. Following the discussion, no one in attendance expressed an objection to the project.

Chasen and Tice have also reached out to RNA.

The plan will require a Baltimore City Council ordinance for variances involving the site’s rear yard setback and the floor area ratio. A sign with the proposed changes will be posted on the property. The team is working with Councilman Costello and are hoping to complete the approval process by the end of the year.

“I do not want to risk the the property returning to what it was before,” said Costello. “If the project has community support, I will expedite everything.”

Chasen said the construction timeline after approval would be six to nine months.


Preliminary Drawing Courtesy of Eastend Design Group 


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