34,000 Sq. Ft. Retail Pavilion Proposed For Plaza at 10 East Pratt Street

| August 16, 2018 | 2 Comments

COPT is under contract with Baltimore City on the plaza at 10 E. Pratt St. in Downtown. This property sits in front of the Transamerica Tower and stretches from Charles St. to Light St. The real estate company is proposing a 34,000 sq. ft., two-story retail pavilion for the site.

Tom Kelley, director of design for COPT, said at a Baltimore City Planning Department Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel (UDARP) hearing on Thursday that the company originally planned the pavilion for luxury retail, but has decided to go for a broader range of more accessible retailers to provide amenities to the workers and residents in the area, as well as for tourists. COPT said the site is within a mile of 120,000 workers and that there are 6,500 luxury apartment units recently developed or under construction within a short walking distance.

Retail spaces will face Pratt St., S. Charles St., Light St., and the upper plaza in front of the Transamerica Tower. The pavilion will feature outdoor spaces along Light St. and facing the upper plaza. It will also have a second-story, 4,000 sq. ft. outdoor terrace covered by the building’s roof, but that is open on the sides.

The first floor of the pavilion will have 17,000 sq. ft. of retail, and the second floor will have 13,000 sq. ft. of retail along with the 4,000 sq. ft. terrace. The second floor will be accessed by several stairwells with entrances on the first floor.

COPT is currently in discussions with several restaurants and amenity retail tenants. COPT said it is pleased with the market response, but couldn’t further elaborate on any discussions as they are currently confidential.

The design features steel, glass, wood, and concrete elements. COPT is also hoping to have an iconic sign atop the roof. The current placeholder name for the pavilion is the Pratt Street Annex.

With different elevation levels on the plaza, the first floor near S. Charles St. will be at ground level, and the first floor at Light St. will be elevated and accessible by stairs and ramps.

New landscaping is planned to surround the building and the second floor terrace. COPT is also planning a landscaped wall to create some separation between the pavilion and the busy bus stop at Pratt St. and Light St.

COPT is working with Brown Craig Turner and Floura Teeter on the design.

UDARP’s panelists offered some criticism of the design but overall praised the pavilion’s design compared to what was presented last year.

COPT is hoping to start construction and purchase the property in 2019. Construction is expected to take 18 months.

Renderings courtesy of COPT

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