On Thursday, April 12th, ULI Baltimore hosted our monthly Content Before Cocktails event at the Nelson Kohl Apartment Building, the first newly constructed market-rate apartment building in Station North. This was another sold-out event with more than 85 registered attendees. The new eight-story modern structure replaces a vacant parking lot located across the street from Penn Station. With 103 apartments and two commercial spaces (a gallery and a Milk & Honey café), the Nelson Kohl will continue Station North’s renaissance.
Ernst Valery, president of SAA|EVI Development spoke of his vision for the building as a TOD site and the neighborhood. One of the ideas behind the project was to have people leave Penn Station and come north, whereas before people usually went south. He also talked about wanting to have the design be bold and colorful. Finally, he spoke about concepts of gentrification without displacement and his Real Estate Developers Index (REDI) program which serves as a rating system analogous to LEED® so that communities can understand developer’s backgrounds and histories.
Jonathan Wehri of Warehaus and the lead designer for the building spoke about site challenges, design inspiration, and the UDARP process. He specifically spoke about Ernst Valery’s vision for the site and how the building was designed to pay homage to the Arts and Entertainment District in which it sits.
After touring the new building, attendees enjoyed networking and the cocktail portion of the evening at the Pen & Quill right next door.