Written by Megan Ryan, Frederick Ward Associates-
ULI Baltimore’s Young Leaders Group hosted a boat tour highlighting the new developments along Baltimore’s waterfront dramatically changing the city’s landscape while maintaining its character. The attendees boarded a water taxi in Canton Waterfront Park on Thursday, July, 27th to listen to representatives from Beatty Development, Questar, Sagamore Development, and Corporate Office Properties Trust present their projects.
Charlie Bond, Development Manager at Beatty Development, explained the environmental challenges associated with development Harbor Point, a 28-acre brownfield site now consisting of the Exelon Building, office space for Morgan Stanley, 287 apartment units that are currently under construction and a temporary recreation and food facility known as The Sandlot. The Harbor Point site occupies the former site of Allied Chemical, a processing facility leaving chromium deposits. Beatty Development installed an environmental cap and slurry wall to protect the harbor from the environmental impacts.
Justin Kennell and Zach Gorn from Questar highlighted 414 Light Street, a multifamily development consisting of 394 apartment units, 12,000 SF of retail space and 469 parking spaces above grade. When completed, the project will stand at 44 floors, holding a combination of studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and penthouse apartments.
Kristine Adey, with Sagamore Development, served as the Development Manager for both the Sagamore Pendry Hotel and the Sagamore Distillery. The Sagamore Pendry was built over the existing historical Recreation Pier in Fells Point. Sagamore Development worked with the Maryland Historic Trust and the Pendry brand to maintain the local character and significance of the Rec Pier. The Sagamore Pendry consists of 128 rooms with a pool deck, ballroom, restaurant, and bar. The Sagamore Distillery, a 55,000 SF processing facility with 12,000 SF of restaurant space is now open for tastings of Sagamore Whiskey. The restaurant will open in September 2017.
Steve Marker, Design Manager at Corporate Office Properties Trust, described the master plan for the site surrounding the CareFirst Tower in Canton. The eventual build out of the property will include 350 apartments, a 300-bed hotel, 100,000 SF of retail space and 1 million SF of office space. COPT is working on the design to maintain as many waterfront views as possible while developing the site.
Upon return to the dock, the young leaders proceeded to Bo Brooks for networking and continue to discuss the changing landscape of Baltimore.
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