ULI Baltimore’s Content Before Cocktails took place on September 28th at Highland Haus. This 80,000 square foot new building has been developed by Garver Development with Taylor Properties. The project involved razing the former Haussner’s restaurant, a longstanding Baltimore institution that had closed and remained vacant for 17 years.
The new structure includes a two-story podium including structured parking, 800 square feet of retail on Eastern Avenue and the apartment lobby. On top of this is 5 stories of stick built apartments. The 65 units include (12) studios, (47) 1-bedrooms, and (6) 2- bedrooms. Most of the apartments have a private deck or terrace, and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling fans, full sized washer/ dryers, quartz counters and fiber run all the way into the unit. Amenities in the building include a Sky Lounge and deck, a separate dog walk terrace and patio, gym, bike parking and a dog wash.
The group gathered in the Sky Lounge where Peter Garver shared some of the backstory of the development, and Ross Taylor offered his perspective. The Sky Lounge includes seating areas, a quartz counter, tvs and wi-fi. The space and its deck present a stunning view of the city from its “Central Park” view of the skyline across Patterson Park to a clear view of Fort McHenry. At the time of the presentation, the project was just starting to open in a phased manner and was about 35% pre-leased.
After the presentation and tours of the apartments, the attendees networked at Snake Hill, a tavern next door that features 12 beers on tap and a food program featuring sausages that range from Italian to Rattlesnake.