Ed Gunts

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Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.

Developer, residents both appeal ruling that halted Overlook at Roland Park project

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A rendering of the Overlook at Roland Park. Image via Blue Ocean.

One month after a Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled the City Council erred in approving legislation to permit construction of the $40 million Overlook at Roland Park apartment project, the developer has appealed the decision to Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals.

An appeal also was filed by attorneys representing community residents who oppose the six-level, 148-unit development, proposed for a 12-acre site near Northern Parkway and Falls Road, and took the case to court in 2017. One of the attorneys said residents hope the higher court will address parts of the lawsuit the circuit court judge did not rule on.

The Elephant’s replacement, The Manor, gets liquor license, plans early February opening

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

Six months after The Elephant restaurant closed in Mount Vernon, new operators are aiming to open its replacement in early February.

The liquor board voted 3 to 0 today to grant a new Class B license for The Manor, a restaurant and ultra-lounge planned for the four-story building previously occupied by The Elephant.

Collectors Corner closing Mount Vernon location

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

After four years on N. Charles Street, comic book shop Collectors Corner plans to close the doors of its Mount Vernon store permanently at the end of February, one year after owners mulled shutting down the location but ultimately decided to keep it open.

The company says its two other locations, in Parkville and Bel Air, will remain open.

Gilman School launches investigation into past sexual abuse

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More than 10 years after a teacher at Gilman School resigned following reports that he sexually abused students, the prestigious all-boys private school is launching a new investigation to see if there are any other victims of sexual abuse either in its current student body or among its alumni.

Apartments, office building, grocery store proposed for the Village of Cross Keys

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After living in Baltimore’s Village of Cross Keys for 30 years, Marjorie Goodman says, she was seriously considering moving out because she felt the community isn’t what it used to be.

But after hearing prospective buyer Arsh Mirmiran outline his vision for revitalizing the community with new apartments, offices, a grocery store and a gym, among other changes, she has decided to stay.

Work begins on $16.8 million reconstruction of Baltimore’s Rash Field Park

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Years after it was first proposed, the reconstruction of Baltimore’s Rash Field waterfront park has finally begun.

Judge rules the controversial Overlook at Roland Park apartment project can’t be built

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A rendering of the Overlook at Roland Park. Image via Blue Ocean.

A controversial apartment project planned for North Roland Park will not be able to move to the construction phase, after a Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled that Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore City Council improperly approved the project in 2017.

The Overlook at Roland Park, a $40 million, 148-unit apartment building planned for a 12-acre site near Falls Road and Northern Parkway, is the development that can’t be built as planned by developer Jonathan Ehrenfeld of Blue Ocean Realty LLC.

Preliminary designs unveiled for $185M addition to UMD Medical Center

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The three design options presented by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Photo by Ed Gunts.

The University of Maryland Medical Center unveiled preliminary designs today for a 10-story, $185 million addition that planners say has the potential to become the new face of the hospital.

The Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Center for Advanced Medicine is the name of the project, which is being planned to rise at the southwest corner of S. Greene and W. Baltimore streets, where the main entrance to the hospital is now.

The Elephant building expected to change owners this week

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

The former home of The Elephant restaurant is expected to change owners this week, clearing the way for The Manor, a restaurant and ultra-lounge, to open in the building next month.

The Elephant closed in June and its N. Charles Street home was listed for sale for $1.2 million by MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate.

MICA planning off-campus art gallery in sanctuary of Bolton Hill church

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Strawbridge Methodist Episcopal Church. Credit: Maryland Historical Trust.

The historic sanctuary of Bolton Hill’s Strawbridge Methodist Episcopal Church will become an art gallery run by the Maryland Institute College of Art as part of a $1.4 million renovation plan approved by the State of Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced this week that the Maryland Historical Trust has awarded $294,250 in Historic Revitalization tax credits to help fund renovation of the English Gothic Revival-style church at Park Avenue and Wilson Street, an 1885 structure that has been dormant for more than a decade.

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