South Baltimore Development Photo Tour

| March 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Here is a photo tour of all the construction projects on the South Baltimore Peninsula.

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 $300-plus-million Stadium Square mixed-use development, which is partially completed.

Union Bros. – Federal Hill/Sharp-Leadenhall 

Developers Len Bush and John Roe have transformed 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 $8-million redevelopment project, which is called Union Bros., includes 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.

The base renovation of the buildings has been completed and tenant build-outs are taking place as leases are signed. Annapolis-based architecture firm CRGA was the first singed tenant and it has begun construction on a 10,032 sq. ft. third-floor office space. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation has signed a lease for 2,058 sq. ft. on the first floor and will begin an office build-out soon. Office and retail spaces are still available at Union Bros.

Stadium Crossing – Spring Garden Business Park – Spring Garden/Stadium Area

Work is beginning on an addition to the 60,000 sq. ft. Spring Garden Business Park at 145 W. Ostend St. that will add 45,000 sq. ft. of office space to the building. Currently the west side of Spring Garden along Sharp St. has a 21 ft. ceiling clearance and the east side has a 17 ft. ceiling clearance. The ceiling will be lifted on the east side of Spring Garden to raise it to 25 ft. which will be divided into two floors. Portions of the west side of the building are already two stories.

The facade of the complex will be updated. Checkerspot Brewing Company opened in recent years on the west side of the building facing Sharp St.

Stadium Crossing is Himmelrich’s portfolio of buildings near M&T Bank Stadium. It includes The Parker Metal Building at 333 W. Ostend St. which was recently renovated into an office building with an event venue. The building is partially filled and tenant build-outs continue.

Rendering courtesy of Himmelrich Associates 

Wheelhouse – Federal Hill 

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

Wheelhouse is a “co-living” concept with 29 apartments. It is mostly three- and four-bedroom units, along with one-bedroom apartments and small studios. The apartments are open and already have some tenants.

There is 5,500 sq. ft. of ground floor retail on S. Charles St. and W. Cross St. BRD has already opened in a 1,700 sq. ft. space, Starbucks is under construction on a 2,200 sq. ft. coffee shop, and a 1,150 sq. ft. retail space is available for lease.

Hanover Crossing – Federal Hill 

Hanover Crossing is a 10-townhome development from Royal Custom Homes. The project replaced the demolished American Rescue Workers (ARW) building which relocated to 3599 E. Northern Parkway in Rosemont. Five townhomes front the 1400 block of S. Hanover St. and five homes front the 1400 block of Olive St. A new alley was 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 exterior of the townhomes has neared completion and interior work is underway.

Bainbridge Federal Hill – Federal Hill 

The Bainbridge Companies started work in 2017 on a $66-million, eight-story, 600 ft.-long, 224-unit apartment building on the 1100 block of Key Hwy. in Federal Hill. It replaced a previously long-vacant lot that 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.

Bainbridge Federal Hill has opened and has tenants, but portions of the building are not yet completed.

Key Hwy.

Covington St. 

1441, 1443 & 1445 Haubert Street – Federal Hill 

Three 3,950 sq. ft., four-story, four-bedroom towhomes are going up on a lot on the 1400 block of Haubert St. in Locust Point. This area was previously occupied by 16 one-story garages. The exterior of the homes are nearing completion and interior finishes are underway. The project is by Chester Street Associates, LLC.

ExtraSpace Storage – South Baltimore

A former one-story warehouse occupied by pipe, fitting, valve, and gauge business Pratt Thompson Company at 1900 S. Charles St. has been demolished to make way for a 90,000 sq. ft, 820-unit ExtraSpace Storage facility. The project is being developed by by Premier Storage Investors (PSI).

The ExtraSpace Storage facility will have a three-story section along W. Wells St. with an office and brick facade, a one-story section at the corner of S. Charles St. and W. Wells St., and a five-story section at the south end of the property near the train tracks and I-95.

Construction is expected to take 12 months.

ExtraSpace Storage renderings at 1901 S. Charles St. shared to South Baltimore Neighborhood Association by Premier Storage Investors

Alta Federal Hill – South Baltimore 

Caves Valley Partners is demolishing former industrial properties on the 1800 and 1900 blocks of S. Hanover St. to make way for Wood Partners’ Alta Federal Hill project.

Phase I on the 1800 block, which will start construction this spring, will be a six-story, 267-unit apartment building with a 367 parking spaces including a parking garage, and a 1,000 sq. ft. retail space. Phase II will be a six-story, 258-unit apartment building with 370 parking spaces, a garage, and 1,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail on the 1900 block of S. Hanover St. Wood Partners hopes to begin construction on Phase II before the end of 2020.

Phase II renderings courtesy of Wood Partners and J. Davis Architects 

Photo from the UDAAP presentation 

Rendering of  Phase I courtesy of Wood Partners and Design Collective

Port Covington Development – Chapter 1 – Port Covington

Infrastructure work is underway for Chapter 1 of the 235-acre, $5.5-billion, multi-decade Port Covington Development. Chapter 1 of the project is taking place on the eastern section of Port Covington along E. Cromwell St. in a large grass lot adjacent to The Baltimore Sun’s Sun Park. Across E. Cromwell St. is Sagamore Spirit Distillery and Rye Street Tavern, which first opened two years ago.

The approximately $700-million phase is planned to include approximately 1.38 million sq. ft. of office, 337,450 sq. ft. of retail, 976,667 sq. ft. of residential, and 285,000 sq. ft. of hotel space across more than 12 city blocks. East Waterfront Park is partially open and will be expanded along the waterfront.

Work is expected to start soon on the first buildings in Chapter 1. This includes Rye Street Market on lot E7 which is a 275,000 sq. ft. development that will have 185,000 sq. ft. of office space, a 13,000 sq. ft. open-air market and food hall, 50,000 sq. ft. of pedestrian-oriented retail, a 12,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art meeting facility, and a 15,000 sq. ft. rooftop event space.

Rye Street Market will include a two- and three-story glass and steel public market building that will have a large rooftop deck overlooking the Patapsco River. The market will have glass garage doors along the first floor so that it can have an indoor/outdoor feel on nice days. There will also be an indoor courtyard connecting all four buildings and outdoor seating along the sidewalks.

There will also be a “19th Century mercantile-inspired” five-story office building  and two six-story office buildings with a traditional brick design. All of the buildings will be connected by an outdoor shared courtyard, skywalks, and other design features.

Also expected to start construction soon is an eight-story, H-shaped building on lot E6. This building will have 7,685 sq. ft. of retail lining the first floor, 252 apartment units, and 10,750 sq. ft. of amenity space.

Three additional buildings on three additional lots in Chapter 1 have been presented to Baltimore City Planning Department’s Urban Design & Architecture Advisory Panel (UDAAP).

The Port Covington Development Team is comprised of owners Kevin Plank’s Plank Industries and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. Weller Development Company is leading the development and construction.

Rye Street Market Renderings from UDAAP courtesy of Weller Development and Morris Adjmi Architects

A previous rendering of E6 courtesy of Weller Development and Hord Coplan Macht

Chapter 1 site plan courtesy of Weller Development

Chapter 1 renderings courtesy of Weller Development 

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