Top Stories: Blue Ocean Realty Eyeing Move to Old Mount Washington Church, Hammerjacks Owners Apply for Booze License, Heather Cook’s Parole Rejected

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The top story on our site this week concerned one of Baltimore’s largest private real estate developers proceeding with some unique renovation plans for an empty Mount Washington church.

On Tuesday, Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation approved Blue Ocean Realty’s blueprint to restore and convert a vacant sanctuary at at 1700 South Road into a new company headquarters. The project would entail removing stained-glass windows and replacing them with clear ones, lowering window sills to let in more light, “encapsulating” two crosses outside, adding a new floor to the church and regrading a hill to make room for a new lobby.

The project doesn’t have an estimated cost yet. Once finished, the former church will fit 30 staffers, with some extra room for expansion.

“For us, this project is much more than an investment,” Blue Ocean president Jonathan Ehrenfeld told the commission. “It is a home. We are pulling out all the stops to bring this project to life.”

Here were the other most popular pieces on Baltimore Fishbowl this week:

Ed Gunts – “Urban Landscape: Hammerjacks Seeking Liquor License; Charles Village Pub to Change Hands; Warrington Penthouse Up for Auction; New Art Gallery in Hampden” – Monday, May 8

Ethan McLeod – “Defrocked Bishop Heather Cook Denied Early Parole” – Tuesday, May 9

Cynthia McIntyre – “Modern English: Chic Family House In Homeland Asks $1,350,000” – Tuesday, May 9

Ed Gunts – “Nepenthe Homebrew Moving from Woodberry to Hampden, Expanding to Serve Beer and Food” – Thursday, May 11

Stephen Babcock – “Students Treated for Drug Overdose After Police Break Up Frat Party Near Johns Hopkins” – Wednesday, May 10

Ethan McLeod – “State Trooper Crashes Baltimore Co. Street Race, Stops Driver at Start Line” – Monday, May 8

Ethan McLeod – “After Racist Incident Targeting Adam Jones, Orioles’ John Angelos Condemns Nation’s Intolerant Atmosphere in Letter” – Wednesday, May 3

Kit Waskom Pollard – “Hot Plate: Baltimore Wine & Food Festival, Soft Shell Season, Kentucky Derby Parties & Mother’s Day Options” – Friday, May 5

Ethan McLeod – “Former Raven Michael Oher to be Charged with Assaulting Uber Driver” – Friday, May 5

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