Townhomes Proposed for 1500 South Charles St.

| October 10, 2013 | 6 Comments

13044-1_1500 S Charles houses_SUBDIVISION_PRESENT-2.pdfGreen Door Properties, a South Baltimore real estate development, management and brokerage firm, along with Ian Sokoloski of Design Evolution Architecture revealed plans for a new townhome project at 1500 South Charles St. at the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, October 8th. The plans call for an existing church to be demolished and converted into four new townhomes. The plans additionally include the renovation of two existing rowhomes located on Fort Ave. and Olive St.

Three of the new townhomes will be 18 feet wide and feature a two-car garage and one will be 16 feet wide with a one-car garage. The rehab on Fort Ave. will include a parking pad. An alley will be created and accessible from Fort Ave. for access to the garages and pad. There will be no designated parking available for the rehab on Olive St.

The new three-story townhomes will each feature three bedrooms, a rear second-story deck and a rooftop deck. The exterior of the homes facing Charles St. and Fort Ave. will be brick.

Concerns were heard by neighbors of adjacent properties about privacy and increased access to their properties as result of the addition of a new alley. Green Door said they would look into building a taller privacy fence as well as making the alley gated.

13044-1_1500 S Charles houses_SUBDIVISION_PRESENT-2.pdfConcerns were also heard about the demolition of the church, which was built in 1879.  Green Door stated that a conversion of the church to residential properties would be nearly impossible with the current structure of the building and the state of the caving roof.

The project is still in the planning phases and Green Door said they will continue to work with neighbors before beginning construction.

No timetable has been set for a groundbreaking.

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  • sobomeme

    another one bites the dust. I actually like this design idea better that of what is being built on Wells St.

  • anon.e.mouse

    yuck. why don’t they convert the church. those houses are hideous and bland. booooring.

  • LP

    I understand the push back from the neighborhood. It’s a shame they cannot keep the facade of the church to keep the historical element of the neighborhood. Cookie cutter town homes are boring. I’d rather see the church converted to condos, apartments or an amazing gym.

    • resident

      I lived in condo converted from an old church on Clement St. The builders had to be creative with the floor plans, but the place had character. Would be great if they could do the same here.

  • Daktari100

    I’d rather have townhouses with people living there than a boarded-up vacant shell of a church. On the other hand, I’d still rather see the church converted to residential space. Better still, I’d like to see it converted into retail space, though I know that’s not being proposed, and getting more shops along Fort Ave seems like a dream.

  • SOBOJO

    The Old church does lend character. more of the same old same old townhouses. Federal Hill should be stripped of it’s Historic designation. Soon there will be nothing historic left. Green Door properties is the only one benefitting from this. Stop the developers! Stop the Real Estate Agents! They control South Baltimore far more then the Stone Wall Democratic Club ever did!