Baltimore’s newest designated historic district could soon be the old mill town of Woodberry, depending on the outcome of two upcoming hearings before the city’s preservation commission.
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Woodberry residents on Thursday evening got their first look at some revised, if familiar-looking plans for a new apartment building where two 1840s stone mill houses were demolished in May against the community’s wishes.
The property owners behind a controversial project in Woodberry have wasted no time assembling a new team to design a development where two historic stone millworkers’ houses were torn down in May.
After surprise demolition, Woodberry residents want their community designated a local historic district
After losing two historic stone houses in a surprise demolition last month, residents of Baltimore’s Woodberry community have asked the city to designate their neighborhood a local historic district so that remaining older structures would be better protected from “reckless” demolition.
The developer behind a once-planned 55-unit apartment building in Woodberry has dropped out of the project after contractors razed two historic stone mill homes intended to be incorporated into the building–apparently unbeknownst to the builder.
“I have notified the owners of the property that I have decided to remove myself and CLD Partners from the Woodberry Project partnership effective immediately,” said Christopher Mfume, managing partner of CLD Partners, in a statement sent out around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A city design and review panel this year gave the thumbs up for a 55-unit apartment building on Clipper Road that would, at the community’s pleading, embed two preserved 1840s stone mill homes within its design in a good-faith nod to the community’s history.
But to neighbors’ and city preservationists’ dismay, this morning those two homes were reduced to twin piles of rubble.
The developer behind the planned Woodberry Station apartment building on Clipper Road has cut the size of the project by nearly a third, reducing the planned number of units from around 80 to 55.
New developers selected for Baltimore’s Clipper Mill community aim to add 48 townhouses and about 99 apartments over the next several years, according to preliminary plans that will be presented to the community this week.
Will the cavernous Tractor Building at Clipper Mill survive the latest wave of development in the historic mill community?
That question is likely to be addressed in the next week, when developers meet with community residents to provide an update on their latest plans.