Former Oyster Cannery to Become Apartment Building in Ridgely’s Delight

| May 21, 2024 | 0 Comments

A former oyster cannery at 337 S. Fremont Ave. in Ridgely’s Delight is slated to become eight apartments. Developers Ben Garner and Neil Brown are undertaking the project in the approximately 8,500 sq. ft. building that dates back to 1920.

The building, which looks out to MLK Blvd. from Fremont St., has been vacant for several decades. Garner noted that previous efforts to renovate the building have not come to fruition.

The building was recently offered at auction and while Garner and Brown were not ready to make a bid at the time of the auction, they were able to negotiate a deal in the weeks following.

Garner and Brown have renovated many single-family homes and have some multi-unit properties in their portfolio, but this is their largest development project to date. Noting there are a lot of developers in Baltimore who specialize in single-family homes or large apartment buildings, Garner said there is deficiency in the “medium” market.

“We are trying to create a blueprint for other parts of the city,” he said.

Garner said the project will be a “hefty investment” in the “seven figures.” However, once the utilities are in place, the construction of apartments will be similar in price to their other projects.

The apartments will have an industrial- and loft-style-feel with exposed brick, exposed ductwork, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The brick front of the building features many different arches and designs.

“I feel like the masons were showing off their skills when building it,” said Garner. “It’s gorgeous.”

The building also has many oyster shells in it, and they are hoping to work them into some artwork for the tenants.

The building has an attached garage, and Garner and Brown are working to create eight interior parking spaces.

Garner and Brown are working on getting historic tax credits for the building and hoping to have the project completed in the next 12 to 18 months.

When asked what attracted them to this property, Garner said “being in Ridgely’s Delight was the biggest value.” He also praised the building’s proximity to the University of Maryland and there being an active community association as a selling point.

Garner also raved about the impact of the Orioles and their recent success for this area as this building stands less than two blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

“You can’t drive through the neighborhood without seeing orange,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Ben Garner 

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