A local landmark is changing its look.
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An arts district is emerging near Lauraville, with apartments, studios, and maker spaces for creative types who want to live and work in the area.
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The next big redevelopment project in Hampden is likely to be the conversion of the historic Fox Industries building at 3100-3200 Falls Cliff Road, the first major manufacturing center of the Noxzema skin care conglomerate.
Courtesy Bmore Media – When Jack Gilden was searching for a headquarters for his advertising agency, he recalled his former church, Grace-Hampden Methodist Episcopal. He often passed the Hampden structure that had been burned almost to its shell by a fire. Gilden’s family had been fixtures in the neighborhood since the 1920s. He had fond memories of the space, and the neighbors did, as well.
“The neighbors appreciated my interest in renovating the church; they didn’t want to see it demolished,” Gilden says. “Many were married or baptised there.”
The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries will celebrate the acquisition of the Martin L. Millspaugh Papers by hosting a panel discussion featuring Martin Millspaugh, exploring the history and legacy of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Carey Business School’s Harbor East campus in the Legg Mason Building, 100 International Drive.
“The Inner Harbor is an iconic feature of the city, but people today tend to assume it has always been part of the landscape,” says Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums. “The Millspaugh Papers offer a fascinating look into the story of how today’s Inner Harbor was created and tell a very rich story about the history of Baltimore city, its leadership, and its people.”
Martin Millspaugh oversaw the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor from the mid-1960s through the 1980s. The project ultimately involved 260 acres of downtown land and almost $7 billion worth of construction. Developers weathered initial skepticism, and the venture’s legacy endures as one of the most influential urban renewal projects ever accomplished. After Inner Harbor development reached completion in the mid-1980s, Millspaugh joined famed developer James W. Rouse at Enterprise Development Company, a consulting firm that helped cities worldwide plan their own Inner Harbor-like projects. TheMartin L. Millspaugh Papers document this movement, including project files related to clients as far-flung as Sydney, Osaka, and Rotterdam.
Courtesy of Bmore Media – Sure, there’s usually a Target nearby and plenty of parking.
But that doesn’t mean suburbanites aren’t lacking in some retail offerings.
Many county residents were just as vocal as their counterparts in the city in expressing what they want in their neighborhoods. An independent coffee shop, IKEA, an ice cream parlor and a healthful café are on their wish list.
“We have a Starbucks in the Woodholme Shopping Center, but that’s pretty much it,” says Pikesville resident Daniel Waldman. Pikesville, a Northwest suburb in Baltimore County, is anchored by Reisterstown Road.
Courtesy Bmore Media – Fells Point residents want to let their dogs off the leash. Locust Point lacks a full-service bakery. Bolton Hill residents hope to one day walk to a grocer.
Baltimore City’s neighborhoods are continually evolving, and, after years of recession, development is picking up speed. New restaurants line downtown’s Pratt Street and South Baltimore is now home to upscale grocer Harris Teeter.
But there are still businesses and services lacking—and residents who long for them.
Some requests are far-reaching, while others are in the works. Whether it’s a large retailer or a neighborhood mom-and-pop shop, Baltimore City residents agree on one necessary factor—convenience.
Where’s the bakery?
“I miss Simon’s,” laments Locust Point resident, Kaitlin McCormick, referring to the “hole-in-the-wall” Cockeysville bakery that she frequented while living in Baltimore County. “On a Sunday morning, I want a warm cinnamon bun or and apple Danish or maybe even a raspberry kuchen. The grocery store just doesn’t cut it.”
The now-shuttered Caroline’s Cupcakery and Harvest Table seem like possible bakery locales. An Under Armour representative says that it has not been determined how Harvest Table’s space will be used as the organization expands.