Developer razes 1840s mill homes in Woodberry, months after agreeing to preserve them

Photo by Ethan McLeod

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.

Developer cutting planned Woodberry apartment building from 80 to 55 units

The view of the planned building from Clipper Mill Road. Rendering via PI.KL Studio.

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.

Latest Clipper Mill plan calls for 147 new residences, including apartments and townhouses

The Tractor Building, future home to nearly 100 apartments, plus parking. Photo by Ed Gunts.

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.

Developers selected for two key parcels at Clipper Mill, including the historic Tractor Building

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

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.

Woodberry’s secret sewage-spewing pipe was leaking again for the last week, sending 20,000 gallons into the Jones Falls

The Jones Falls near Union Avenue in Woodberry.

A troublesome private sewer line in Woodberry has once again leaked tens of thousands of gallons of human waste into the Jones Falls, after a temporary fix installed by the city a year ago stopped working for the last week.

With mill homes’ demo off the table, preservationists and neighbors call for new apartments to reflect ‘Woodberry flavor’

Photo by Ethan McLeod

The developer behind a new four-story apartment complex coming to Woodberry has bowed to calls from neighbors and preservationists to incorporate a pair of 1840s stone mill homes into the building’s design.

But at a Tuesday night meeting at Itineris, organized by the Woodberry Community Association, locals aired remaining concerns about exactly how those homes will be incorporated, and whether the façade for the future structure on Clipper Road will reflect the neighborhood’s mill-village character.

Developer plans to preserve two Woodberry mill homes, incorporate them into new apartment building

An artist’s rendering of the property, courtesy of PI.KL Studio

A developer will proceed with plans to build an apartment building with nearly 80 units on Clipper Road in Woodberry, but will preserve a pair of historic 1840s stone mill houses as part of the design, according to an architect working on the project.

Demolition of two mill homes in Woodberry to be postponed until after June 19 community meeting

The outside of 3323-25 Clipper Road. Photo by Nathan Dennies.

Woodberry residents won’t have to bid farewell to two historic, 1840s stone mill homes on June 15, as a developer has agreed to postpone a scheduled demolition until after he meets again with neighbors.

Developer eyes demolition of two historic mill houses in Woodberry to make way for new apartments

The outside of 3323-25 Clipper Road. Photo by Nathan Dennis.

Jill Orlov got a bad feeling last week when she saw a demolition contractor surveying the outside of 3511 and 3513 Clipper Road, a combined 19th-century historic stone building. Orlov, an architect-turned-artist, said she approached the contractor to ask what was being planned for the mill home.

“I think it’s coming down,” he responded, Orlov says. She figured he meant just the concrete addition in the rear of the building. “Not all of it,” she asserted.

He told her he was sure it was the whole structure.

Redevelopment plans for Clipper Mill sow angst in Woodberry

Redevelopment plans for Clipper Mill sow angst in Woodberry
The already-developed Millrace Condominiums in Clipper Mill. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

The owners of a 17.4-acre section of Woodberry’s Clipper Mill complex on Monday night unveiled part of their vision for the neighborhood: As many as four mixed-use apartment buildings, each with built-in parking garages, and a community relying heavily upon Baltimore’s light rail system and public transportation.