Wegmans Comes to Owings Mills, H&S Bakery Expands in Fells Pt., Former Commercial Credit Building Up for Landmark Designation

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Developers of the $140 million Foundry Row retail center in Owings Mills will reach a milestone in less than a week with the opening of the project’s anchor, Wegmans grocery store and pharmacy.

September 18 is the grand opening date for the Wegmans store at 10100 Reisterstown Road. The 130,000-square-foot branch will be Wegmans’ fourth in the Baltimore area, after stores in Bel Air, Columbia and Hunt Valley.

The 50-acre Foundry Row development is led by Greenberg Gibbons and Vanguard Retail Property Development. Other businesses opening in the center include DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), Old Navy, LA Fitness, Ulta Beauty, Bar Louie, Nalley Fresh, SmashBurger, La-Z-Boy and LifeBridge Health.

Also, Mission BBQ, Bagby Pizza, Foundry Row Wine and Spirits, Massage Envy, Sleep Number, Xfinity, Mani Luxe, Chipotle, Hair Cuttery and Floyd’s 99 Barbershop and Point Breeze Credit Union.

“Foundry Row is…bringing great new amenities to Owings Mills,” said Greenberg Gibbons chairman and CEO Brian Gibbons. “It’s an exciting time as we run full steam ahead towards our opening.”

H&S Bakery expands in Fells Point 

H&S Bakery has begun work on a $15 million, 25,000-square-foot expansion of its packaging and shipping building at 623 S. Caroline Street.  Morris & Ritchie Associates is the architect of the addition, which includes new equipment and upgrades and will be complete by the end of 2016.

The work will bring the total size of the packaging and shipping building to 62,000 square feet. The bakery owners, members of the Paterakis family, say the project demonstrates their commitment to keep the company in Baltimore.

“We’ve made every effort to ensure that the final product not only contains cutting edge industry technology and improvements to ensure the longtime viability of the bakery, but that it is an aesthetic complement to the neighborhood’s existing architecture and rich history,” said principal Bill Paterakis.

Commercial Credit Building proposed for landmark designation 

The former Commercial Credit Corporation headquarters at 300-314 Saint Paul Place has been recommended for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, making it one of the first mid-century buildings in downtown Baltimore to be nominated for the list.

PMC Property Group of Pennsylvania plans to convert the 22-story office building to about 280 apartments, and landmark designation would make the project eligible for tax credits for historic preservation if the work complies with federal guidelines. The 1957 building most recently has housed offices for Citigroup Inc. and OneMain Financial.

Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider the nomination at a meeting on Tuesday. CHAP also will consider requests to add Patterson Park and the John Ruhrah Elementary School at 701 Rappolla Street to the city’s landmark list.

National Design Award for Henderson-Hopkins School

Baltimore’s Henderson Hopkins School in East Baltimore is one of 12 school projects around the nation that have been selected to receive 2016 Education Facility Design Awards from the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education.

The awards are given annually to recognize the best new learning centers in the country. Henderson Hopkins, a 125,000-square-foot facility for grades K to 8, received an Award of Excellence. Rogers Partners of New York was the lead architect.

The $43 million school at 926 N. Collington Avenue “is a progressive learning environment for children and a laboratory for the next generation of educators,” the AIA said in a statement. “The school is a cluster of “containers for learning” inspired by East Baltimore’s row houses, stoops, and social civic spaces. Through its intentionally porous, safe, urban plan, and the craftsmanship of light, materiality and performance, its design respects history and supports the future of education and of its neighborhood.”

Warnock and Rivitz to receive Parks & People award

Picnic in the Park

David Warnock and Larry Rivitz, co-founders of the Green Street Academy in West Baltimore, have been chosen to receive the annual Sally Michel Award for civic leadership and contributions from the non-profit Parks & People Foundation.

The award will be presented during the Picnic in the Park celebration and fundraiser on Friday starting at 6 p.m. at the Parks & People campus, 2100 Liberty Heights Avenue. Tickets are available by calling 410-448-5663 extension 118.

More openings

The Municipal Employees Credit Union is opening an office at Commerce Place, 1 South Street…Red Emma’s coffee shop is opening a branch at Open Works on Greenmount Avenue…CVS Pharmacy has opened a branch on the first floor of the Nine East 33rd student housing building at St. Paul and 33rdstreets.

Designers observe Park(ing) Day

For the fourth year in a row, local designers are marking Park(ing) Day, an event in which parking spaces are transformed for new uses to spark discussion about public infrastructure in urban areas.  This year’s event is September 16th and will take place around Chase and Morton streets in Mount Vernon.

“The intention is to bring a critical mass of creative ideas together to share with the public how good design positively transforms our urban spaces and communities, even at the small scale of a street parking space,” said Kathleen Lane, Executive Director of the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects..

The “parklets” will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s creations include: a DJ Booth in front of Baby’s on Fire on Morton Street; an exhibit on “Early

Women of Architecture in Maryland”; an “Urban Paradise” by Geo-Technology Associates and Morris & Ritchie Associates; an “Upcycle Hub” by BCT Architects,  and “Parkscape: America’s smallest free arts festival,” a miniaturized version of the best parts of Baltimore’s Artscape festival.

New downtown concert series

A new downtown concert series called “Fall Fridays on Calvert” will be launched September 16 and continue through October 7. The free concert series will be held Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wilkes Lane near Calvert Street. Participating performers include The Crawdaddies (September 16); All Mighty Senators (September 23); Justin Trawick (September 30): and Donegal Xpress (October 7).

Heavy Seas Beer and Linganore will sell beer and wine by the glass for $5. Argosy Café is providing food. Proceeds from the concerts will benefit the Clean Water Fund’s programs in Maryland.

Ed Gunts

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