Another large project in the Wells St. corridor of South Baltimore is set to begin. Chesapeake Realty Partners, the developers of 1901 South Charles, have purchased 2 East Wells St. directly across the street from their new apartment building. 2 East Wells is a large warehouse that was the former headquarters of McCall, a forklift sales company that relocated to Dundalk when the property was purchased by Green Door Properties a handful of years ago.
Since that time several tenants have leased space in the building as well as the field office for Clark Builders Group, the construction company for 1901 South Charles. The property faces Wells St. and occupies all of the space between the 1800 blocks of S. Charles St. and Light St. to the west and east and Barney St. to the north.
Chesapeake Realty Partners are planning a mixed-use development for the property. “There will be three elements to the development including retail along Wells Street, as well as an apartment building and a large parking garage. Our goal is to provide more parking than needed for the apartments and retail so that we can lease parking spots to residents in the community,” Chesapeake’s Jon Mayers told the South Baltimore Neigborhood Association (SBNA). “We were not the original developers of 1901 South Charles, so we really look forward to designing a South Baltimore project from the beginning and working with the community throughout the entire process.” Mayers grew up in Baltimore City and is excited about this new project in his hometown after developing most of the company’s portfolio in the suburbs and other areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
Chesapeake is also looking to improve the streetscape of Wells St. “1901 South Charles is built on top of Wells St., so we want to bring 2 East Wells back off the street to create some relief. We want to improve the appearance of the city-owned lot on the end of Charles St. and hopefully add cross walks in the future. We want Wells St. to really feel like something,” Mayers told SBNA. Chesapeake has also put together strong efforts to get the Charm City Circulator extended to Wells St. in the near future.
“We are also hoping to provide some relief behind the houses on Charles St., Barney St. and Light St.” 2 East Wells extends to the perimeter of the property so they are hoping to bring more open space so that houses could potentially have wider alleys and more natural light.
2 East Wells is currently enrolled in the Maryland Voluntary Cleanup Program to return the property to environmental safety after many years of abuse. The next step for Chesapeake Realty Partners will be presenting architectural plans to the SBNA at the next meeting before submitting plans to the city. They have also agreed to send a flyer to the homes surrounding the perimeter so that everyone is informed and so that rumors don’t take on a life of their own. Mayers also left his contact information so that all neighbors can voice their thoughts and concerns.