Work Begins on Victory House Redevelopment in South Baltimore

| July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Interior demolition has started on the redevelopment of the Victory House at 1702-1708 Light St. in South Baltimore. The Victory House is a 7,074 sq. ft., 39-bedroom, two-bathroom residence that was condemned and shut down by Housing and Community Development (HCD) last year due to structural issues. Developer Brandon Chasen is working with architect Julie Tice of Eastend Design Group on the project.

Chasen will demolish the existing building, which has a footprint is 4,533 sq. ft. It will be replaced with a new 13,000 sq. ft., three- and four-story, 10-unit apartment building with a 10-car garage. The garage will also have space for 10 bicycles. All of the apartments will be two bedrooms. The exterior will include a cornice and be mostly brick, resembling traditional Light Street rowhomes. The building will include a rooftop deck and private terraces.

With no alley access available to the site and currently no parking, the project will add a 20 ft. curb cut on Light St. This would eliminate one or two parking spots, and provide access to the first-floor parking garage. Parking will be included in the rent and will be first-come, first-serve to tenants. Residents will not be eligible for any area Residential Permit Parking (RPP) passes.

Chasen and Tice worked with South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA), Riverside Neighborhood Association (RNA), and Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello on zoning variances for the project last year.

The building will be razed in the near future. The construction timeline is approximately six months. Tice told that demolition recently had to be paused to put proper hazmat protocols in place due to unsanitary conditions inside the building.

“I’m excited for the beginning of this project,” said Chasen in an email. “My plans to transform a site that has been nothing but a nuisance in a beautiful South Baltimore community could not have been realized without the hard work and vision of community leaders; Councilman Eric Costello, South Baltimore Neighborhood Association, and the Riverside Neighborhood Association.”

“I have an incredible team working together to bring to market a one-of-a-kind luxury apartment home,” he added. “Our concept includes an exterior facade which captures the spirit of the neighborhood and is complimented with stunning interior modern design elements. The team; Eastend Design, J Cole Builders, Morabito Consultants, Walter Johnson Engineers, Lorax Consultants, and Dominion Financial Group play equally important roles in the success of this project.”

This article has been updated.

Renderings courtesy of East End Design Group


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