South Baltimore Development Photo Tour

| February 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here is a photo tour of all the construction projects in South Baltimore:

Federal Point – Federal Hill/Sharp-Leadenhall 

Federal Point is an 11-townhome project in Federal Hill/Sharp-Leadenhall. It is at the site of a recently-demolished warehouse at 49 W. West St. and a demolished carriage house and open lot at 101. W Ropewalk Ln. Five of the townhomes have been completed and the foundation for the final six has been poured. Federal Point is a just a block from the $275-million Stadium Square mixed-use development, which is partially completed and will begin another major phase this year.

Hanover Crossing – Federal Hill 

Hanover Crossing is a 10-townhome development from Royal Custom Homes. The project replaced the recently-demolished American Rescue Workers (ARW) building which relocated to 3599 E. Northern Parkway in Rosemont. Five townhomes will face the 1400 block of S. Hanover St. and five homes will face the 1400 block of Olive St. A new alley will be built off of W. Clement St. to provide rear parking access for the homes. Homebuyers will have the option of a one- or two-car garage. Homes with a one-car garage will have a fourth bedroom on the first floor. Home with a two-car garage will have three bedrooms.

The homes on Olive St. have begun construction with the first floor structure framed. The foundation has been laid for the S. Hanover St. homes.

Rendering courtesy of Royal Custom Homes 

New Home on Race St. – South Baltimore 

A new home is under construction on a vacant lot at the corner of W. Randall St. and Race St. in South Baltimore.

Vision – Federal Hill 

Chasen Construction & Development recently completed Vision at 12 W. Montgomery St. in Federal Hill. The 10,500 sq. ft. building was formerly used as office space but was vacant in recent years. The building is home to a 6,000 sq. ft. co-working space with 26 private offices and a new headquarters for Chasen. The co-working space also includes six lounge and event spaces, private conference rooms, a virtual golf course simulator, a full kitchen, and an in-house barbershop.

Vision also has six residential apartments.

Photos below courtesy of Chasen Construction & Development

Victory House Redevelopment – South Baltimore/Riverside

The Victory House was a 7,074 sq. ft., 39-bedroom, two-bathroom residence that was condemned and shut down by Housing and Community Development (HCD) in 2016 due to structural issues. The building was involved in several Baltimore Police Department Search and Seizure warrants over the years which found drugs and unsanitary conditions.

Chasen Construction & Development, which purchased the building in 2016, demolished the Victory House and began construction on a new 13,000 sq. ft., three- and four-story, 10-unit apartment building with a 10-car garage. All of the apartments are two-bedroom units. The building also includes a rooftop deck and private terraces.

Chasen is currently putting the finishing touches on the project. The sidewalks were installed and reopened yesterday.

414 Light Street – Otterbein/Inner Harbor

414 Light Street is a new 500 ft., 44-story skyscraper in Otterbein/Inner Harbor developed by Questar. The building is open and mostly completed. The building is 658,128 sq. ft. and  includes 394 apartments, 40,000 sq. ft. of outdoor and indoor amenity space, 12,300 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space, and a 550-car parking garage. The site was formerly a McCormick & Company spice factory.

No retail business have opened yet at 414 Light Street, but Ramen Utsuke has been announced for one of the spaces.

Questar is planning a second tower on the western half of the former McCormick property. That building will face S. Charles St.

Bainbridge Federal Hill – Federal Hill 

The Bainbridge Companies started work in 2017 on a $66-million project that will bring an eight-story, 600 ft.-long, 224-unit apartment building to the 1100 block of Key Hwy. in Federal Hill. The long-vacant lot sits between Key Hwy. and Covington St. It is located across the street from Digital Harbor High School and adjacent to E. Cross St. and CrossFit Federal Hill.

The building has topped out and the facade and windows are being installed.

Cross Street Market Redevelopment – Federal Hill 

Caves Valley Partners (CVP) is currently under construction on an $8-million dollar redevelopment of the City-owned Cross Street Market in Federal Hill. The 31,800 sq. ft. Cross Street Market is a block long from Light St. to S. Charles St. on the unit block of E. Cross St. The exterior of the market is getting a “retro” 1950’s look with new facades and windows. The interior has been gutted and will include 24 vendors. Construction began last April and the first phase is expected to open in March.

Read SouthBMore.com’s articles detailing the different aspects of the Cross Street Market redevelopment here.

Wheelhouse – Federal Hill 

28 Walker is building Wheelhouse across the street from Cross Street Market at 1100-1106 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. The building will front the unit block of W. Cross St. The project replaces a former parking lot and a 4,022 sq. ft. building that included a storefront, apartment, and a long-vacant auto body shop.

Wheelhouse will include 29 apartments and 5,500 sq. ft. of ground floor retail on S. Charles St. and W. Cross St. It will not have parking.

28 Walker will have a “co-living” concept. Wheelhouse’s 29 apartments will be mostly three- and four-bedroom units, along with one-bedroom apartments and small studios. Apartments will have their own living rooms and kitchens with high-end finishes, but residents are encouraged to hang out in the common areas, which will include work spaces, a business center, a dining room and kitchen, and an outdoor courtyard. Each apartment will come with a bike.

Four of the five stories have been constructed at Wheelhouse. The project is expected to be completed this year.

Buildings Demolished in Federal Hill 

Hank Shofer is planning a new apartment and retail building at 1007 S. Charles St. and 1009 S. Charles St. at the former Shofer’s Clearance Center. Shofer is still working on approvals for this project, but 1007 S. Charles St. was partially demolished and stabilized in recent months as it was falling apart.

Two three-story rowhomes and a one-story commercial building were recently demolished at 10-14 E. West St. in Federal Hill. The two rowhomes were boarded up and the one-story commercial building had been vacant in recent years. The lot is now fenced in. SouthBMore.com is reaching out for more information on this project.

Before screenshot courtesy of Google Maps

Photos from today 

Union Bros. – Federal Hill/Sharp-Leadenhall 

Developers Len Bush and John Roe are transforming the former Union Bros. Furniture and Plymouth Wallpaper property at 37 W. Cross St. in Sharp-Leadenhall into a 40,000 sq. ft. office and retail space. This redevelopment project, which will be called Union Bros., will include three connected buildings surrounding the BP station at the corner of S. Hanover St. and W. Cross St. Union Bros. is a block east of the Stadium Square redevelopment project and a block west from Cross Street Market in Federal Hill.

Bush and Roe are hoping to fill the retail spaces – a 4,500 sq. ft. space facing S. Hanover St. with with an attached 1,500 sq. ft. outdoor seating area, and a 6,058 sq. ft. retail space facing W. Cross St. – with restaurants or a brewery.

Construction began last summer, and interior work is currently underway.

McHenry Row Phase Three – Locust Point

The third and final phase of 28 Walker’s McHenry Row includes a new five-story, 75,000 sq. ft. office building and a new eight-story, 126-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel on a former parking lot on the southeastern portion of the site.

The office building is mostly completed and tenants include MOI Inc., Kimley-Horn, Gross Mendelsohn, and Flywheel Digital. One floor is still available. The office building is attached to a 600-car parking garage.

Seven stories have been constructed at the future Courtyard by Marriott.

The project will also include a new adjacent dog park.

McHenry Row now has 375,000 sq. ft. of office space, 475 apartments, and 110,000 sq. ft. of retail.

1401-1407 Woodall St. – Locust Point

Goodier Properties has started demolition of the existing buildings at 1401-1407 Woodall St. in preparation for a new mixed-use building in Locust Point. The development site contains two less-than-two-story industrial buildings and a vacant lot that face E. Key Hwy., Woodall St., and Stevenson St.

Plans for this site have been heavily debated over the last year and a half, but both Dan Goodier of Goodier Properties and the Locust Point Civic Association (LPCA) have informed SouthBMore.com they are working towards finally coming to an agreement on the scale and scope of this development.

Goodier Properties was approved in September by the Baltimore City Board of Municipal & Zoning Appeals (BMZA) to construct a new nine-story, mixed-use structure with 28 dwelling units; office and retail space at 1401-1407 Woodall St.; and a five-story parking garage on the adjoining lot. This came despite protest by LPCA which included more than 30 residents, Councilman Eric Costello, and adjacent neighbor Domino Sugar in attendance at the hearing.

Latrobe Park Field House – Locust Point 

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks held a ribbon-cutting last month for the Latrobe Park Field House. The new 1,665 sq. ft. field house is located directly behind Banner Field, taking the place of a former bath house that was constructed around 1904 and demolished in 2014.

The $906,000 field house, which was funded by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, includes men’s and women’s bathrooms, storage, and a partially-elevated concrete patio that can be used as a stage for bands. Baltimore City Recreation and Parks worked with Locust Point Civic Association (LPCA) on the project. The structure was designed by GWWO, Inc./Architects and DSM Properties was the contractor on the project.

The field house has two dark gray brick buildings connected by a rectangular wood ceiling and roof structure. The roof serves as a shade structure, but has an oculus in the middle to let through light. Monica Pascatore of GWWO told SouthBMore.com the oculus serves as the statement piece LPCA was looking for with the building.

The concrete patio surrounds the field house on all sides and serves as a walkway through the two buildings to the Banner Field bleachers.

M&T Bank Stadium Renovations – Stadium Area

The Ravens are currently underway on a $144-million investment in M&T Bank Stadium.

Phase 1 of stadium improvements, which was completed in the 2017 offseason, included two new 200 ft.-wide and 36 ft.-high 4K ultra-high definition video boards in the end zones, replacing the existing boards, and installing the stadium’s second LED ribbon display above the club level.

Phase 2 is currently under construction. Improvements that were ready for the 2018 Ravens season include a new sound system in the seating bowl and two new, two-level suites in the “corner notches” between the upper decks on the west side of the stadium, and an 85-person field level suite on the eastern end zone which relocated Baltimore’s Marching Ravens.

Two new suites are under construction in the corner notches on the east side of the stadium and will be completed in time for the start of the 2019 season. Large 4K ultra-high definition video boards, measuring approximately 33 ft. wide and 44 ft. high, were installed atop each of the four suites, providing fans with additional in-game content, NFL highlights/scores, statistics, and fantasy information.

Stadium improvements will also include upgrades to the club level’s concession stands, bathrooms, and bar/lounge areas, as well as upgrades to the stadium’s kitchen facilities, which include building an additional kitchen.

The new escalators on the southeast side of stadium were ready for the last few games of the 2018 season. The second set on the northwest side of stadium will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

The Parker Metal Building – Stadium Area/Carroll-Camden Industrial Area

Himmelrich has converted the former home of the Parker Metal Decorating Co. into a 50,000 sq. ft. building with a 5,000 sq. ft. event venue called The Winslow Room, three-stories of office spaces, and a 7,400 sq. ft. restaurant or entertainment retail space. The exterior and common spaces of the building have been completed and offices will be constructed when leased. Current tents include Lighting Environments and Choptank Transportation.

Photo below courtesy of Himmelrich Associates 

Checkerspot Brewing Company – Stadium Area/Carroll-Camden Industrial Area

Checkerspot Brewing Company unveiled the first phase of its 10,000 sq. ft. facility at 175 W. Ostend St. in June of last year when it opened its first floor taproom to the public. Now, a two-story addition is under construction as Checkerspot moves forward with the second phase of the facility. The addition will add space to the first-floor taproom and allow Checkerspot to open its second-floor taproom and kitchen.

The new structure has been completed and interior finishes are now underway.

175 W. Ostend St. is owned by Himmelrich and will undergo an addition and facelift this year. The 66,000 sq. ft. building will add a new floor that will add about 40,000 sq. ft. of office space.

Hammerjacks – Stadium Area/Carroll-Camden Industrial Area

Hammerjacks started construction last year at 1300 Russell St. in Stadium Area. The 48,000 sq. ft. live music venue, club, and beer garden will take the place of Paradox, a currently-vacant warehouse facing Ostend St. which was most recently the home to a ceramic tile company and a smaller building connecting Paradox to the warehouse. The site is located across the street from M&T Bank Stadium.

The new Hammerjacks will feature a 2,500-person concert venue in a new building that will replace Paradox. The space can be modified down for smaller shows. The existing building facing Ostend St. will be renovated into a club/sports bar area that will feature smaller 300-person live music shows. An outdoor beer garden area will be constructed where the current connector building sits.

Hammerjacks is owned by Hammerjacks Entertaiment Group (HEG), led by Kevin Butler and Andy Hotchkiss. They are unaffiliated with previous Hammerjacks locations, but now own the trademark.

Asbestos remediation has taken place within the buildings and some demolition has been completed. The former Paradox will be completely demolished in the coming weeks. BGE is currently on site discounting lines in preparation for demo.

Photos below courtesy of Hammerjacks 

New Camden Station – Stadium Area

Construction is underway on a new $7.2-million terminal at Camden Station. It replaces a one-story structure from 1992 that has been demolished. The new steel building is expected to be completed this year. The station is a joint project of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Mass Transit Administration, which operates the MARC train, and the Maryland Stadium Authority. Camden Station is the first stop on the MARC Camden Line. Camden Station also is an MTA Light Rail stop.

Bath House Square – Pigtown 

SAA/EVI recently started construction on its multi-million dollar Bath House Square development at 906 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown. Two adjacent, formerly City-owned buildings make up the site that includes 7,760 sq. ft. of interior space, 6,203 sq. ft. of total land, and 60 ft. of frontage along Washington Blvd.

Bath House Square will bring eight “high-end” one-bedroom apartments and about 1,700 sq. ft. of retail to Washington Blvd. The retail space will be filled by Milk & Honey Market, which is owned by Dana Valery, who is the wife of SAA/EVI Principal Ernst Valery.

Bath House Square will have a shared rooftop deck and six to 12 parking spaces.

Construction began in summer of last year. Exterior and interior improvements are underway.

Store It All Self Storage – Pigtown 

Store It All Self Storage began construction last year on a 108,000 sq. ft., approximately 800-unit storage facility at 1050 Paca St. in Pigtown. With this project, a 1906 brick warehouse will be converted into a climate-controlled facility and a new five-story structure adjacent to the building will be constructed.

Store It All is based in Rockville, MD and has several locations. This, however, will be the company’s first Baltimore location.

The existing building was gutted, and interior and exterior improvements are underway including new windows. The new five-story addition is more than one story out of the ground.

Renderings from a Citizens of Pigtown Meeting (note: the building will now be five stories)

Cube Smart – Pigtown/Carroll Camden 

CubeSmart Self Storage has opened a three-story storage facility at 1838 Washington Blvd. in Carroll-Camden Industrial Area. The newly-built CubeSmart replaces the DeBois Textiles Inc. building which was demolished before construction began.

The first floor of the new CubeSmart is open as construction continues. It will eventually have 1,000 storage units that range from 5 ft. by 5 ft. to 10 ft. by 30 ft. CubeSmart also has a small parking lot along the side of the building and a loading dock.

Purple Street Infrastructure Project – Port Covington 

The Port Covington Development team is under construction on a new street and intersection. The intersection will be where Cromwell St., Insulator Dr., and a new, soon-to-be-constructed street – temporarily nicknamed Purple St. – meet.

The rebuilt intersection will provide signalized crossing for expanded bike lanes along this section of Cromwell St. The intersection will also be altered to provide full signalized access for trucks and employee vehicles accessing the Baltimore Sun printing building via a new driveway that will tie in on the north side of the intersection. The new driveway, which will ultimately be a new street, will be called Purple St. until a permanent street name is designated.

Phase 1A of the 235-acre, $5.5-billion Port Covington redevelopment will get underway this year and include new infrastructure along with office, retail, and apartment buildings along the eastern section of E. Cromwell St.

Schuster Concrete Building Facelift – Port Covington

Weller Development, which is leading the development and construction of the 235-acre Port Covington redevelopment by The Port Covington Development Team, recently gave the former 97,000 sq. ft. Schuster Concrete Building a facelift and now plans on using it as an event space starting this year. The building will run by Weller Entertainment, a marketing, events, and production company launched by Weller Development.

The building features a large, approximately three-story metal warehouse and a four-story brick building. Prior to Weller Development beginning its renovations, it had peeling and faded paint on the metal exterior surface, some graffiti, and broken and missing windows on both sections of the building. Weller Development painted the roof of the metal warehouse red, painted the sides black, and replaced the windows on the warehouse section with new Plexiglass. Some boarded-up windows on the brick building were also repaired. The interior of the building was additionally cleaned and some abatement issues were addressed throughout the property.

Before picture

Current pictures

Center West Phase 1A – Poppleton

New York City’s La Cité Development is finishing up phase 1 of the Center West Development. It includes two new apartment buildings featuring 260 apartments and 15,000 sq. ft. of retail. The buildings were constructed on vacant lots at 101 N. Schroeder St. and 201 N. Schroeder St. The entire project is an $800-million master plan that includes 2.3 million sq. ft. of new construction and approximately 1,800 new housing units.

Click this link for a rundown of all development projects in South Baltimore that are under construction, proposed, and recently completed. 

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