Two-story retail pavilion planned for Pratt Street

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Image courtesy of Corporate Office Properties Trust.

More shops and restaurants will be coming to downtown Baltimore under a plan to build a third retail pavilion along Pratt Street.

“Pratt Street Annex” is the tentative name of a freestanding, two-story shopping pavilion that would rise at 10 E. Pratt St. near the base of the Transamerica Tower, one of Baltimore’s tallest buildings.

A development team led by Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) showed preliminary plans today to a city design review panel that called for a 30,000-square-foot pavilion to be built on the north side of Pratt Street, between Charles and Light streets in the Inner Harbor.

No tenants have been named for the project yet, but COPT executive Tom Kelly said the team is looking for “either a single tenant or a multiple-tenant mix” to occupy space there. He said the developers are seeking restaurants and “amenity retail” tenants that appeal both to office workers in the area and people living downtown.

BCT Architects, the designer, showed renderings of a building with a large covered veranda at the east end, facing the Inner Harbor, that would lend itself to outdoor dining. The exterior would have an exposed frame that could accommodate one or more tenants. Architect Paul Evanson described it as “parcelized architecture.” Floura Teeter is the landscape architect.

COPT is working to buy the land from the city, which sought proposals several years ago. Kelly said construction is expected to start in 2019 and take about 18 months to complete.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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