Five-Story Apartment Building Begins Construction in Sharp-Leadenhall

| May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Developer Alex Mandel has broken ground on a five-story apartment building with 33 units at 115 W. Hamburg St. in Sharp-Leadenhall. The building replaces an existing 8,000 sq. ft., one-story commercial building that was demolished last year on a .237 acre lot.

The property and building is adjacent to the 7-Eleven and its parking lots at 1000 S. Hanover St., the parking lot for Leadenhall Baptist Church, the 1000 block of Race St., and the rowhomes along W. Hamburg St. The property is a couple blocks from M&T Bank Stadium and a block from Federal Hill Main Street.

Mandel purchased the building in February 2019 from developer Mark Sapperstein. Mandel is part of the team at Sapperstein’s development company 28 Walker, but is taking this project on by himself.

Mandel called the property a “very challenging site” when he spoke to last year. It has small frontage on W. Hamburg St. and gets wider as it moves south.

Part of the planned building will be four stories and part to the building will be five stories. It will have a bit of a “zig zag” pattern which allows for a small first-floor outdoor space on the property.

The previous warehouse was attached to a building on the 1000 block of Race St. There will be a new setback between the two properties once the new apartment building is constructed. Cars will enter a 22- to 25-car, first-floor garage on Race St. which runs west along the side of the 7-Eleven parking lot and then veers south.

The new building at 115 W. Hamburg St. will be mostly one-bedroom and studio apartments. Several apartments facing W. Hamburg St. will have private balconies.

Amenities will include a rooftop deck, a first-floor bike room, and a first-floor lounge area. Mandel said the apartments will be market-rate with market-rate finishes. He noted they will be priced a bit less than units at buildings that have pools, concierges, and more amenities.

The exterior of the building will be a mix of brick and fiber cement paneling. There will be a mural on the stairwell tower facing east that will be seen above the 7-Eleven.  Mandel said he will work with the Sharp-Leadenhall community on their ideas for this mural. An existing mural across the street was covered last year when a new home was built on the vacant lot it faced, so Mandel wants to bring a new mural to the community.

The project complies with the C1 zoning of the property, but since Sharp-Leadenhall is a historic community, Mandel worked with Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) for approvals.

Mandel said he hopes to open the building in Spring 2021.

The former warehouse at the site

Current photos of the site

Renderings courtesy of Alex Mandel

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