Woodberry

Inspired by Stevie Wonder, developer Larry Jennings wins concept approval for a second apartment building in Woodberry

1
Developer Larry Jennings is proposing to build an apartment building in place of a metal-clad industrial structure at 3535 Clipper Road in Woodberry, but some local residents say the proposed apartments would be disruptive to the neighborhood’s historic district. Rendering courtesy of JP2 Architects.

If architecture is frozen music, as Goethe wrote, developer Larry Jennings knows what he likes.

Instead of drawing inspiration from 19-century architecture for an apartment project he wants to construct in the Woodberry historic district, Jennings told Baltimore’s preservation commission on Tuesday he’d prefer to go back to the 1970s.

Clipper Mill residents challenge Tractor Building conversion plan with court appeal

2
The outside of the Tractor Building in Woodberry. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Two weeks after Baltimore’s Planning Commission approved the design for the historic Tractor Building in Woodberry to be converted into apartments, neighboring property owners have blocked construction at least temporarily by challenging the decision in court.

Attorney John Murphy on Wednesday filed an appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision with the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, an action that prevents developer Larry Jennings and Valstone Partners from proceeding with construction until the court holds a hearing on the 98-unit project.

Planning Commission approves design for Tractor Building conversion

0
A rendering of the apartment building planned for the Tractor Building.

Developer Larry Jennings won a final public battle to convert Woodberry’s Tractor Building to apartments when Baltimore’s Planning Commission twice voted 8 to 0 on Thursday to approve the development plans.

The Planning Commission was the last of several city boards the developer needed to satisfy in order to obtain building permits for the conversion, estimated to cost $32 million to $35 million.

Despite community opposition, CHAP approves apartment plan for Tractor Building

0
A rendering of the apartment building planned for the Tractor Building.

Developer Larry Jennings’ plan to convert Woodberry’s underutilized Tractor Building into 99 apartments cleared a key hurdle yesterday, when Baltimore’s preservation commission voted 6 to 2 to give the project concept approval.

The action by Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) brings Jennings and Valstone Partners one step closer to obtaining building permits for a redevelopment project that will result in an investment of $32 million to $35 million in Woodberry and help preserve much of the last large mill building at Clipper Mill that hasn’t been recycled for contemporary uses.

Roof of Woodberry’s Tractor Building is partially demolished after falling bricks damage cars below

0
Crews work to partially demolish the roof of the Tractor Building after bricks fell from the structure and damaged cars below. Photo by Ed Gunts.

As if living in a pandemic wasn’t enough, bricks dropped from the sky in Woodberry yesterday, as part the historic Clipper Mill Tractor Building fell onto cars in the street below.

An emergency crew worked through much of Friday to remove loose bricks and demolish parts of seven rooftop light monitors in an effort to stabilize the cavernous industrial building, which dates to 1916 and is the last major structure at Clipper Mill that hasn’t been renovated for contemporary uses.

CHAP to begin hearings on whether to make Woodberry a historic district

0
Photo by Ethan McLeod

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.

The League For People Presents #OMGFOOD 2019 – 10/3/19

0

Savor delicious food, sip on fine spirits and bid on great auction items – all to benefit a great cause as The League for People with Disabilities, one of Maryland’s oldest non-profit organizations, is once again hosting one of the most talked about events of the year.  #OMGFOOD, an evening of Food, Fun and Fabulousness will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at La Cuchara Restaurant in historic Woodberry beginning at 6 pm.  The evening will feature some of Baltimore’s stand-out local celebrity chefs including Ben Lefenfeld from La Cuchara, Jerry Trice from Gunther & Co, Julian Marucci from Tagliata/The Elk Room/Italian Disco and  Steve Chu from Ekiben.  These culinary phenomes will delight the taste buds with heavy appetizers, along with cocktails and fabulous dessert creations.  There will also be a silent auction, live music, a mentalist, raffles and more.  For ticket information visit https://www.leagueforpeople.org/omgfood.

On site of razed mill homes, property owner pushes forward with plans for 52 apartments

0
A rendering of the revised project from JP2 Architects on a slide presentation.

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.

Owners of Woodberry site where millworkers’ houses were razed proceeding with development plans

0
Photo by Fred Scharmen

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

1
Photo by Fred Scharmen

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.

Guides