More Businesses Join Light Street as Transformation Continues
I’m not sure there are too many streets in America that have undergone a bigger overhaul in the last couple of years than Light St., which runs 19 blocks starting at Baltimore Street and ending in South Baltimore. SouthBMore.com has covered the many changes on this stretch, but for a street that has hundreds of retail properties, it takes weekly updates just to keep up with everything going on.
The Inner Harbor has seen more than its share of changes: the renovation of 100 Light St. (Transamerica Building), the influx of new tenants on – and the reconstruction of – the sidewalks at Harborplace, and the planning for the 2013 reconstruction of the Light St. and Key Highway intersection as you enter Federal Hill, which will include a roundabout and art piece. There is also a new PNC Bank retail location at the Corner of Pratt St. in the PNC Building, which features a really great new PNC sign made of ivy.
It was also announced today by Baltimore Business Journal that the 100 block of E. Pratt St. (T. Rowe Price), which intersects Light St., will undergo a $500,000 renovation. The Daily Record also reported that Harborplace was sold to New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation. We’ll see if that leads to further renovation of the property.
But as you enter Federal Hill and South Baltimore is where the most dramatic changes have taken place. Many new stores have moved in, the 1100 block has seen a complete overhaul with the large addition of 1111 Light Street, and many new restaurants such as Grilled Cheese Company, Cross Street Kabob House, Light Street Cafe, Brewers Cask, Langermann’s on Light, Home Slyce and Hersh’s have all opened on stretch. Renovations have also taken place to Blue Agave, Don’t Know Tavern, Soho Eatery, Jack’s Grocery and the short-lived Federal Hill Carryout.
Light St. will be gaining another new restaurant as Liv2Eat will soon be opening at 1444 Light St. at the former home of Centro and Bicycle. They are currently hiring servers and bartenders and, if you are interested, you can send your resume to Cecilia@liv2eat.com.
More updates and additions include:
- Gossamer Grove, which will be coming soon and opening at 905 Light St. in the former home of Coldwell Banker Realty. It is described as cafe and atelier (workshop) and as “a haven to relax, collaborate, and design your personal style.”
- b’more Betty coming to 1316 Light St. The sign on the front of the building says “Coming Soon, designer resale, vintage runway & all things fabulous. Grand Opening 11.10.12.”
- Allstate Insurance office opens at 1412 Light St.
- Cottage Kidz Boutique at 1129 Light St. undergoing with preparations for opening.
With all the new restaurants, stores and businesses, there are still several new opportunities for new businesses. Two retail locations are under construction at the NW corner of Light and Fort Ave. and are currently available for lease. The former 7-Eleven and Opi’s Laundromat space on the 1000 block of Light St., and the space adjacent to Light Street Cycles at the 1126 Light St, are also available for lease.
Ole Federal Hill Liquors is also planning an eventual move from their current location at 1238 Light St. to 1232 Light St. Temps Now has also just moved from 924 Light St. to 1645 Ridgely St. opening another large space that could be converted to retail. The former Leon’s Bar at 1740 Light St. also sits vacant; though we have heard discussion about the property, there is nothing to report at this time.
Not only have the changes taken place in the real estate, but the street is also currently going through a much needed repaving, which will greatly help the appearance of the vibrant street. I’m sure more even more changes will be coming to Light Street soon – we’ll keep you posted!