Mt. Vernon

Mount Vernon church auction gets bidders but no buyer

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The New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral photographed from above. Credit: A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers

Mount Vernon’s New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral is still on the market after Friday’s long awaited auction drew bidders but didn’t end in a sale.

Two parties submitted bids during the online auction for the historic church at 1110 St. Paul St., but neither was high enough to meet the reserve set by the sellers, according to auctioneer Charles Billig of A.J. Billig and Co. Auctioneers.

Landmark Mount Vernon church going up for auction

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The New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral photographed from above. Credit: A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers

New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral at 1110 St. Paul St., in the Mount Vernon historic district, is hitting the auction block next month.

A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers has set July 6 as the date for online bidding to begin on the church, and it held an open house today for prospective bidders to tour the property.

Hotel Revival announces Justin Vaiciunas as new executive chef

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Hotel Revival’s new executive chef Justin Vaiciunas. Credit: Grace Clark.

Chef Justin Vaiciunas, a Detroit native and previous contestant on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” has been named the executive chef at Mount Vernon’s Hotel Revival, the hotel announced today.

The previous executive chef, Scott Hines, returned to the kitchen at B&O American Brasserie late last year.

City Cafe has closed permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Image via Google Street View.

After 25 years as a fixture in Mount Vernon, City Cafe has closed permanently.

Owners Gino Cardinale and Bruce Bodie posted on social media today saying the business, currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, isn’t coming back.

“This isn’t the ending we hoped for,” they wrote.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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