The building was purchased from the City of Baltimore through the Baltimore Development Corporation in 2010 by Station North Development Partners and renovated by Ernst Valery Investments, Bowling Inc. & SA&A Development. Committed to the revitalization of the Station North neighborhood and Baltimore City as a whole, the developers are pleased to bring this corner back to life. The opening of a restaurant in June of 2013 was the first phase in the full renovation of this historic building, vacant since the original restaurant closed in the late 1980s.
With financing from The Reinvestment Fund, construction by Commercial Group and architectural design by Kann Partners, The Chesapeake has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation, bringing a building in severe decay back to life in the vibrant Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
Today, the interior renovations are complete and the building houses two restaurants, three offices, six apartments and a prime event space. The lobby also serves as an art gallery curated by local MICA alumnus, Dana Holgerson.
Along with Pen & Quill taking over the restaurant last summer, The Red Parrot Asian Bistro opened in December of 2014, bringing additional delicious dining options to the 1700 block of N. Charles Street.
The Reinvestment Fund, SA+A, and EVI all have offices here. There is also a Business Resource Center offering workspaces for start-ups and community organizations. All six apartments occupying the 3rd and 4th floor of the building are leased.
The Event Space is available for bookings from daytime conferences to evening receptions and weddings. It holds up to 150 seated and 230 standing and is 1700 square feet with cathedral ceilings, hard wood floors, exposed brick masonry and high archways creating an industrial yet historic charm.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1707 N. Charles Street on March 31st at 2pm with the Mayor’s Office in attendance.