Originally Posted on December 14, 2012:
At Tuesday’s South Baltimore Neighborhood Association, Mike Burton of Urban Design Group, joined by developer Mike Abrams, introduced 1201 South Charles Street, a new development in SBNA and the Federal Hill Business District adjacent to Ropewalk Tavern. The site was previously eyed for an eight-story boutique hotel, but this project was described by Burton as “much more realistic.”
1201 South Charles Street will be a complete tear down of the existing buildings with a new five-story brick and masonry building constructed on the lot and parking lot behind. The building will consist of 16 market rate two-bedroom apartments, first floor retail and an underground 16-car parking garage.
When asked about the parking demands for a project with 32 bedrooms and only 16 parking spots, Burton replied that, “potential tenants will be told ahead of time that there is only one spot available per apartment and they will be unable to attain Area 30 parking passes because it is a new multi-family dwelling. Some tenants will either have to live without a car or hope to rent a spot from the Wells Street or Wall Street garage.”
Since it was the first SBNA has seen of the project, they decided to hold their decision of support for zoning variances until the January meeting. The sought variances are for the lot size and perimeter of the development. Abrams and Burton are hoping to submit the design for approval to the Baltimore Zoning Board in January.
Update 8/5: The project has been approved by zoning and demolition is scheduled to begin on 8/19.