Caves Valley Partners Teaming Up with Sharp-Leadenhall on Solo Gibbs Park Redevelopment

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Caves Valley Partners (CVP) is teaming up with the Sharp-Leadenhall Improvement Association and the Leadenhall Baptist Church on a redevelopment of Solo Gibbs Park. CVP is the development team behind Stadium Square, the three-block, $275 million mixed-use redevelopment project adjacent to the park. The park is directly across the street from the Hanover Cross Street apartment building and a proposed affordable veteran housing building, both of which will have retail.

The project does not have a timeline at this point. However, the groups have submitted an application for funding from the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership which manages half of South Baltimore’s share of casino Local Impact Grants generated by Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Maryland Live, and MGM Grand National Harbor. The other half of South Baltimore’s Local Impact Grants is managed by the Casino Local Development Council (LDC).

Another source of funding could come from the Baltimore Ravens and the National Football League which have expressed an interest in contributing to the project if the park includes a football field, according to Arsh Mirmiran of CVP.

Four concepts for the park have been released by RK&K Engineers, and Mirmiran said many conversations will take place with the community about the future of Solo Gibbs Park. Two of the designs include restoring the existing baseball field, and two include replacing it with a 1,200-seat football stadium with synthetic turf. In order to construct the football stadium, the existing Solo Gibbs Recreation Center would need to be demolished and replaced. In the plans, one proposed idea is to replace it with a new recreation center near W. Hamburg St. The other proposed idea is to convert Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary, which is scheduled to close in 2020 and which includes a pool, into the new recreation center. The splash pad would need to be relocated.

A baseball alignment would include a renovation of the existing recreation center and no changes for the splash pad.

Other aspects of the plans include restoring or reconfiguring the existing tennis courts and basketball courts; adding picnic and beach volleyball areas; improving pedestrian paths, and restoring or expanding the existing playground.

“People have a wide range of opinions of what they’d like to see,” said Mirmiran. “The hope is that it becomes a park that is a better amenity and gathering place for current and future residents and office workers in the area.”

CVP is also teaming with Leadenhall Baptist Church on a new community center on its property.

Concepts courtesy of RK&K Engineers (click to enlarge)

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