Bozzuto, Solstice Partners, and War Horse LLC, the team behind Anthem House, presented plans for Anthem House II this week at the Riverside Neighborhood Association (RNA) meeting. Anthem House II is a proposed five-story apartment building in the parking lot of the former Rallo’s diner at 1430 Lawrence St. The property is directly across Lawrence St. from Anthem House, which is currently under construction.
A townhouse development was presented for this property several years ago but never moved forward. Many in attendance at the meeting voiced their pleasure that the former proposal never materialized.
Anthem House II will be much smaller in scale than Anthem House, the $80 million nine-story project across the street with 275 apartments and 14,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail, as well as 5,000 sq. ft. of rooftop/sky lounge retail space. Anthem House II will feature 52 apartment units which the team described as smaller and more affordable than the units at Anthem House. Anthem House II will have a two-story lobby and most likely a large rooftop deck facing the harbor.
The new building will feature a setback of up to 25 feet facing the alley on Boyle St. and a nine-foot setback facing Lawrence St. New landscaping and trees will be planted around the perimeter of the building. The team stated that one of the primary goals of the project was to improve the walkability of Lawrence St. and “activate it.”
The project will have 17 enclosed parking spots and four exterior parking spots. The parking to Anthem House II will be accessible by Harvey St. where approximately two on-street parking spots will be lost by a new curb cut, however curb cuts will be eliminated on Lawrence St. where new angled parking will be added. The team called it a “net gain” for on-street parking in the area. The lobby to Anthem House II will be directly across the street from the parking lobby of Anthem House. Some of the 449 parking spots at the Anthem House garage will be used by Anthem House II for overflow parking.
Anthem House II will be designed by David Baker Architects of San Francisco and the streetscaping around the project will be designed by Baltimore’s Mahan Rykiel.
After an hour long-plus discussion, RNA offered their support of the project. Anthem House II was also presented to the Baltimore City Planning Department’s Urban Design & Architecture Review Panel (UDARP) today.
The team is hoping to break ground on Anthem House II at the end of this year and expects construction to take about 12 months. First apartment deliveries are expected at Anthem House by the end of this year.
The team also owns the former Rallo’s diner at 838 E. Fort Ave., which was last Big Matty’s Diner before it relocated to Southside Marketplace and changed its name to Southside Diner. Along with the two rowhomes the diner occupies, the team also owns the two adjacent rowhomes on Fort Ave. which they plan to renovate for residential use. The team is hoping for a future restaurant at the Rallo’s space where they acquired and successfully transferred the former Thorton’s Pub liquor license to last year.