McHenry Row in Locust Point continues to grow as Mark Sapperstein’s 28 Walker Development is planning an additional phase with two new buildings. At Thursday’s Baltimore City Planning Department’s Urban Design & Architecture Review Panel (UDARP) meeting, 28 Walker, along with architect Jonathan Wehri of LSC Design and civil and landscape designer Michael Casey of Kimley-Horn, presented the schematics for a new six-story, 110,000 sq. ft. office building and an eight-story, 119-room hotel. The new buildings would be constructed in a parking lot just east of Harris Teeter and south of the recently-built, 600-car parking garage.
The hotel, which is being designed with an unnamed operator, will have a first-floor, 12,000 sq. ft. amenity and service space as well as a courtyard. 28 Walker told SouthBMore.com the hotel would not have a conference room or ballroom for weddings, and that it has not been decided if it will have a hotel bar. The hotel will use an 80-car garage on the first floor of the adjacent office building. There will be a drop-off area in front of the hotel between the two buildings. 28 Walker expects the hotel to get many bookings from passengers using the Port of Baltimore Cruise Maryland terminal across the street.
The office building will have five 22,000 sq. ft. levels above the first floor parking. The building will also feature upper level connections to the adjacent 600-car garage. Scott Slosson, director of development for 28 Walker, said the team already has an unnamed tenant committed to two floors of the building. He noted that interest is the building is high as the rest of the approximately 300,000 sq. ft. of office space at McHenry Row is 100% leased.
Design elements have not been finalized, but both buildings will likely incorporate brick, metal, and warehouse-style windows, and a monumental base. Stormwater management is built into the design and Casey said pops of color would be seen throughout the landscaping around the buildings and along Porter St. which leads to the two new buildings from Fort Ave. 28 Walker is also planning a new dog park adjacent to the hotel. Both building will have unobstructed views east and south (toward the Patapsco River and cruise terminal), and partially obstructed views west and south.
28 Walker is hoping to complete the project by the first quarter of 2018.
UDARP panelists were critical of the relationship between the two buildings and the need for a road running between them, suggesting a pedestrian-only “strong urban space.” Panelist David Haresign suggested eliminating the first-floor garage and relocating the parking to elsewhere in the development. The development’s design team will present to the UDARP panel again.
McHenry Row is a 20-acre, mixed-use project that currently contains 250 apartment units, 300,000 sq. ft. of commercial office space, including a recently announced 28,000 sq. ft. lease with Comcast Corporation, a Harris Teeter grocery store, and other restaurants and retailers. In the past several months, Samos Greek Island Grill and Ruby 8 Noodle and Sushi Bar have opened restaurants at McHenry Row, and a production brewery and tap room from Diamond Back Brewing Company will be open to the public on weekends starting in November.
A new five-story, 224-unit apartment building on the north side of 600-car garage is also currently under construction. 28 Walker agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Locust Point Civic Association involving parking and traffic patterns at the development upon its completion.
Renderings and Photos courtesy of 28 Walker Development, LSC Design, and Kimley-Horn