Tag: city planning

A Look at Baltimore’s New Greyhound Station, Update on Two-Way Traffic Study, Former Sex Toy Warehouse Becomes New Home of Whitehall Mill

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Greyhound bus terminal
Baltimore’s new Greyhound bus terminal.

There’s a new gateway to downtown Baltimore for those who travel by intercity bus lines.

Remington Proposed to be a Historic District, MiY Home Plans an Expansion, Nepalese Restaurant Coming to Hampden

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Remington

What comes to mind when you think of Baltimore’s Remington community? Working-class housing? The Dizz restaurant? John Ellsberry’s alligator mural on 28th Street?

Soon it also may be a national historic district.

Urban Landscape: Development, Demolition, Dog Parks and More

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Franklin Lofts and Flats
Franklin Lofts and Flats

Baltimore’s newest apartment complex is Franklin Lofts and Flats, a $15 million, 41-unit rental project at 16-20 East Franklin Street and St. Paul Place, just north of the central business district.

Construction fencing has gone up, and preliminary construction is beginning on the conversion of two buildings in the Cathedral Hill National Register historic district.

Have We Reached the End of Formstone?

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Baltimore has a complicated relationship with its own kitsch. We want to celebrate our quirks — the painted screens! the accents! — while still getting cred for being a classy East Coast metropolis. Worst-case scenario, we’ll end up with a theme-park version of what Baltimore once was, a city that’s all Cafe Hon, with no actual hons. Which is why I am registering my disapproval of the new Baltimore zoning code that would effectively make formstone — that iconic/ugly fake facade that’s seen all over the city — illegal.

And the Greatest Neighborhood in Baltimore Is…

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Fells point top 10 neighborhood

If Hampden is one of the hippest neighborhoods in the country (according to Forbes), then Fells Point is one of the greatest, says the American Planning Association. The non-profit community planning group picks ten neighborhoods to honor each year as a part of its Great Places in America program, and this year Baltimore’s been lauded again. (You may remember the APA from back in 2008, when they selected Charles Village for the same honor.)

City Council Approves $35M Deal for Under Armour Campus

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Courtesy Citybizlist – The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to approve a deal to sell up to $35 million in bonds to help finance construction projects around Under Armour’s headquarters, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Pigtown Design: A Dollar, Just a Dollar!

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What would you think if someone said you could buy a house for just a dollar? That there would be all sorts of strings attached? That it would be a dump? That you would be an urban pioneer? All of those would be correct.

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Baltimore’s Outdated Office Towers Are an Inner Harbor Problem

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When people talk about Baltimore’s vacant real estate, they’re usually referring to the blocks of dilapidated rowhouses in some of the city’s hard-hit neighborhoods. But there’s another kind of structure that worries city planners:  the 1970s-era office tower.

“Several Downtown buildings do not meet today’s standards and are considered functionally obsolete for office use, even with substantial investment,” according to the Office Vacancy Task Force. Which is a big problem, since Baltimore’s tallest building — 100 Light Street, the former Legg Mason building — is one of those outdated models. “Stuck in between the perceived coolness of early 20th century facades and the newness of all-glass towers,” Mark Byrnes writes in the Atlantic Cities blog, “these buildings are having a hard time retaining existing tenants, let alone attracting new ones.”

Another worrisome structure is 2 Hopkins Plaza, built in 1970 and smack in the middle of the Inner Harbor. It’s currently 42 percent vacant, and that’s including PNC Bank, which is scheduled to move out this summer. Some developers hope that renovations and mixed-use use residential conversions will save the buildings. Or does something more drastic need to be done?

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