Ed Gunts

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

Mount Vernon apartment building that would have exceeded height limit will now be shorter

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A rendering of the 10-story apartment building proposed for the site of Eddie’s of Mount Vernon. Credit: Ziger/Snead.

Nearly two years after developer Dennis Richter received preliminary approval to construct an apartment building that would exceed the city’s height limit for the property, city officials say he may not need the waiver after all.

Eric Holcomb, director of Baltimore’s preservation commission, told members this month that Richter is now planning to reduce the height of the 10-story apartment building he proposed to construct in place of the Eddie’s of Mount Vernon grocery store and two other structures.

Grand Central nightclub, in danger of displacement, finds a new home

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

After nearly three decades on N. Charles Street, Grand Central, one of Baltimore’s largest gay nightclubs, will move to a different spot within the Mount Vernon neighborhood so developers can construct an eight-story office building on the property it currently occupies.

Grand Central’s last day in its current location will be Sunday, April 5, and construction of the replacement building is expected to start later in the month, according to information posted on the bar’s Facebook page.

Despite owner’s objections, CHAP makes Woodberry’s Tractor Building a ‘potential’ landmark

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The outside of the Tractor Building in Woodberry. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Seeking a role in determining how Woodberry’s historic Tractor Building is renovated, Baltimore’s preservation commission has made it a temporary city landmark.

Over the objections of the building’s owner, Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) voted 5 to 4 yesterday to add the Tractor Building to its Potential Landmark List, an action that gives the panel authority to review and approve proposed changes to the building for at least the next six months.

CHAP gives preliminary approval to plan for apartments over carriage houses

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A rendering of the apartments proposed for Mount Vernon. Credit: SM+P Architects.

The third time was the charm for developer Howard Chambers, who finally received preliminary approval today to build apartments above four historic carriage houses he owns at 1012-1020 Morton St., in Mount Vernon.

Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation voted 8 to 1 today, with one abstention, to approve a $10 million plan to build 51 apartments on three levels above the carriage houses.

Eddie’s of Roland Park unveils renovation plans for grocery store

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Renderings for the new Eddie’s canopy designed by Ziger/Snead Architects. Courtesy: Ziger/Snead Architects.

Roland Park residents will see a thoroughly remodeled Eddie’s of Roland Park grocery store over the next several years if the owners can obtain approval to build into and above the sidewalk leading to their Roland Avenue store.

Co-owner Michael Schaffer told a gathering of the Roland Park Civic League yesterday that he wants to renovate the interior of the store at 5113 Roland Avenue just as its sister location, Eddie’s at 6213 N. Charles St., was renovated three and a half years ago.

Apartments once again proposed to rise above Mount Vernon carriage houses

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A rendering of the apartments proposed for Mount Vernon. Credit: SM+P Architects.

One year after Baltimore’s preservation commission rejected a proposal by developer Howard Chambers to build 65 apartments above a row of Mount Vernon carriage houses, the developer has come back to the panel seeking approval of a scaled-down version of his project.

Community encouraged by $20 million sale of Mount Clare Junction shopping center

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

Are better days ahead for Southwest Baltimore’s Mount Clare Junction shopping center?

That’s the hope of community residents and business leaders after learning the 234,000-square-foot shopping center at W. Pratt and S. Carey streets was recently sold to Carlyle Development Group of Purchase, New York.

University of Maryland Medical Center moves closer to getting new ‘front door’

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A rendering of the Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Center for Advanced Medicine.

The University of Maryland Medical Center has taken a big step closer to getting a new “front door” for its flagship hospital on S. Greene Street.

Architects and planners today unveiled the design they plan to develop to house the $185 million Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Center for Advanced Medicine, planned for the southwest corner of W. Baltimore and S. Greene streets.

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.

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