With an abundance of construction underway in South Baltimore, let’s take a look at some of the progress.
Horseshoe Baltimore Casino
Baltimore’s first casino, Horseshoe Baltimore, is under construction in between Warner and Russell St. in the Camden Carroll Industrial Area. Hoping to open in the fall of 2014, the $400 million construction project is making great progress. The 4,000-car parking garage has risen to six stories and the casino building has taken shape with walls currently going up.
2 East Wells
The new South Baltimore development on Wells St., which will feature 153 apartments, 6,000 square feet of retail and a 260-car parking garage, has been under construction since July. The former McCall Warehouse has been demolished and concrete and infrastructure work is now underway with portions of the parking garage and stairwell shafts rising from the ground.
UM BioPark Proton Treatment Center
The University of Maryland Baltimore is nearing completion on their new $200 million, 110,000 square foot Proton Treatment Center at 850 W. Baltimore St. in SoWeBo at the University of Maryland Bio Park. The facility has also landed a 44,000 square foot lease with Cambridge Innovation Center for a soon-to-be-built building at 873 W. Baltimore St.
After a multi-year delay, construction has resumed at Pigtown’s Camden Crossing. Two new buildings featuring 13 new townhomes were recently completed, making 129 of the 150 homes in the project finalized with another seven homes currently under construction. Camden Crossing is looking to finish the community in its entirety by end of next year.
The former site of a row of garages is currently being cleared for a new 4,000 square foot home at 1417 Webster St. in Riverside. The home will feature five bedrooms, multiple decks and a three car garage. It will be constructed by Westland Management Group, the company that recently built Harbor Square.
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s 1200 Ward in Pigtown is moving along as the new homes have been framed and windows have been installed for the 18-home development. The Ravens have been a major sponsor of the project and helped the project break ground in May. Most of the homes will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and be approximately 1200-1300 square feet.
The Riverside development on Key Hwy. and Lawrence St. is under construction and making great progress. The parking garage and exterior of the building are in place and windows and exterior brick are currently being installed. Walgreens will be occupying the main floor of the property and developer Caves Valley Partners is currently in discussions to lease all but 4,000-5,000 of the 25,000 square feet of available office space. Walgreens will open in mid-March and the offices in early May.
The National Aquarium is reclaiming a 12.2 acre brownfield on the Middle Branch and turning it into a public park. The area will be transformed into a conservation demonstration park and will feature habitats for migratory birds and native insect populations, a recreational pier and a network of trails. The site design embraces sustainable strategies for storm water, remediation of brownfield conditions, and restoration of the habitat. They are aiming to open the park this spring and are also considering eventually moving their animal care center to the parking lot at the site.
A church and attached warehouse were recently demolished to make room for 13 new townhomes at Race St. and Fort. Ave. The homes will be up to 3,000 square feet with three to four bedrooms and two car garages. The development will feature three buildings – one on Clarkson featuring four homes, one on Fort Ave. featuring six homes and one behind Fort Ave. featuring three homes. They are hoping to break ground on the new homes in January.
A building was rehabbed on the 1500 block of Ridgely St. in Carroll Camden. Several building improvements have taken place on the 1500 block of Ridgely in the last few years.
The former Lutheran Mission building has been cleared in preparation for the construction of 1200 South Charles.