Tag: urban planning

Seven-level Luxury Apartment Building Planned for North Roland Park

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A rendering of the proposed apartment complex.

A 12-acre development parcel in North Roland Park would become the site of a 157-unit, seven-level luxury apartment building if developers move ahead with plans presented yesterday to Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel.

An Arts District for Lauraville, Citron Opens at Quarry Lake, Read’s Moves Ahead and more

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Rendering of  SoHa Union, a new development on Harford Road.

An arts district is emerging near Lauraville, with apartments, studios, and maker spaces for creative types who want to live and work in the area.

Time Group plans conversion of the Fox Industries building; Doors Open on Saturday; Topping off for Stadium Square; Highland Haus breaks ground

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Fox Industries Building

The next big redevelopment project in Hampden is likely to be the conversion of the historic Fox Industries building at 3100-3200 Falls Cliff Road, the first major manufacturing center of the Noxzema skin care conglomerate.

The Future of Owings Mills

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Inside the now closed Owings Mills Mall. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Inside the closed Owings Mills Mall. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The Baltimore Business Journal recently convened “The Future of Owings Mills,” a panel discussion with Councilwoman Vicki Almond, Stevenson University president Kevin Manning and real estate developers Brian Gibbons of Greenberg Gibbons, and Howard Brown of David S. Brown Enterprises.

The event, hosted at the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center and attended by area illuminati, cognoscenti, and glitterati (I don’t know what any of these words mean) was billed as: “Owings Mills is not about the dead mall anymore. This Baltimore County suburb is hot.”

MICA moves into another North Avenue building; Residents to meet about Pepsi plant; RoFo draws opposition at two locations; Cross Street Partners expands

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The former Oriole Pontiac showroom at Howard Street and North Avenue. Photo by Ed Gunts.

The Maryland Institute College of Art, a serial resuscitator of old buildings, has just moved into another one.

New planning effort proposed to expand Convention Center and replace downtown arena

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Baltimore convention center

A 2012 proposal to build a new downtown arena as part of an expanded convention center, dormant since contractor Willard Hackerman died in 2014, is back on the table – with strong funding support from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

Urban Landscape: Development, Demolition, Dog Parks and More

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Franklin Lofts and Flats
Franklin Lofts and Flats

Baltimore’s newest apartment complex is Franklin Lofts and Flats, a $15 million, 41-unit rental project at 16-20 East Franklin Street and St. Paul Place, just north of the central business district.

Construction fencing has gone up, and preliminary construction is beginning on the conversion of two buildings in the Cathedral Hill National Register historic district.

Port Covington Looks Great. But Where Are the Schools?

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Park Rendering, Port Covington
Park Rendering, Port Covington

Port Covington, the massive new development that’s the vision of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is asking the city for more than $500 million in funding to help finance the project, which is being called the largest urban redevelopment in the country.

Would Baltimore Be Better Off with More Expensive Parking Rates?

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Hey Baltimore, how does less traffic, more open parking spots, greater transit use, and greater tax revenue sound? Well, according to this article in The Atlantic Cities, the only thing standing between us and that urban utopia is our parking rates. They’re just too darn low.

Eric Jaffe examines the effects of SFpark, “San Francisco’s world-class effort to match the price of parking with real-time demand.” Through SFpark, the price of street parking changes dynamically to keep 20-40 percent of parking spots clear until 6 p.m. (when the meters are no longer in effect). The program has reduced congestion by making it mostly unnecessary to circle a city block 1,000 times looking for a non-existent parking spot.

In general, large cities with higher parking rates see more public transit use. In fact, if you want residents to ditch the car, expensive parking is a far greater inducement than investing in a high quality transit system alone.