daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > World Development News Forums > General Urban Developments > DN Archives



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old December 7th, 2005, 12:44 AM   #1
StevenW
Born in Baltimore
 
StevenW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Newberry, SC
Posts: 11,705
Likes (Received): 1602

New TALL tower for Baltimore!

The 34-story tower would occupy the former site of the Port Discovery HiFlyer balloon. The $70 million project would house 250 condos and apartments, a garage and retail space.
(Artist's rendering)
Dec 5, 2005


-----------------------------------

City OKs high-rise over Metro station
Cordish Co. is to build condo-apartment tower near Port Discovery
By Lorraine Mirabella
Sun reporter
Originally published December 6, 2005
The Cordish Co. has won city approval to build a 34-story residential tower atop an underground Metro station in downtown Baltimore on the former site of the Port Discovery HiFlyer balloon, the city's economic development agency said yesterday.

The $70 million proposal - one of two alternatives the developer submitted for the city-owned site at President and East Baltimore streets - will include a mixed-use development of up to 250 condominiums and apartments, street-level entertainment-oriented retailers and parking.



The project, adjacent to the Cordish-developed Power Plant Live complex and Port Discovery Children's Museum at Market Square, is expected to appeal to young professionals and others interested in living near an entertainment district of nightclubs and restaurants. The site is just blocks from the Inner Harbor with quick access to public transit and the central business district.

The Baltimore Development Corp. awarded Cordish the redevelopment rights to the half-acre wedge of land and the air rights above the Market Place/Shot Tower Metro station. The Maryland Transit Administration will be reviewing the proposal.

"We've approved the concept and want to move forward with it," said Kim Clark, director of development east for the municipal agency.

"It's building upon the current entertainment venue at Power Plant Live now, and the residential option brings something unique. We feel it's going to have a younger audience for residential there."

The proposal calls for 125 condos, 125 apartments, 50,000 square feet of retail and 400 parking spaces.

The proposal comes amid a wave of new condo and apartment buildings in the city from Canton to Locust Point, much of it high-end housing designed to appeal to young professionals and empty nesters trading suburban homes for urban living.

Developers are building waterfront apartments or condos or a mix of the two in Harbor East (just east of the Inner Harbor), Canton Crossing in Canton, Federal Hill's Harbor View and Locust Point.

The condos will have price tags of $200,000 to well over $1 million, plus monthly maintenance fees.

Construction has just begun on the $225 million Ritz-Carlton Residences on the waterfront at the foot of Federal Hill. Construction is to start soon on a 22-story, 312-unit condominium tower atop a city--owned garage at Water and Gay streets in the central business district.

Other nearly or recently completed condo projects include the 30-unit Brecco on Saratoga Street, the 17-unit Rombro Lofts on the west side and the Revels in Mount Vernon, with 13 units.


Work, then play
Cordish, which has developed urban entertainment projects similar to Power Plant Live in other cities, has begun developing residential components to its entertainment districts around the country, said Jonathan Cordish, a vice president.

"People love to live where they can work and play without getting into a car," Cordish said. "It creates an incredibly vibrant, fully activated district. This new development will make Power Plant Live into a complete mixed-use district on a par with any similar development in the country.

Cordish said the company remains convinced that the trend in the growth of downtown living will continue.

The new project "is in the heart of the central business district, plus right off of I-83, and directly over the Metro," Cordish said.

"The convenience offered by having so many means of transit at one's fingertips is unique to the location and should be a central ingredient of its appeal."

The redevelopment will stretch over a portion of Power Plant Live at one end of the Market Place entertainment complex. This will require the razing of the Butler Building.


Completed in 2007


The company is exploring a number of options for how to integrate the current tenants of that building. Cordish expects to attract nationally known entertainment attractions to the site. The developer hopes to complete the project by late 2007.

A second, less ambitious proposal would erect the residential tower over the Metro station without demolishing any structures.

The city's development agency will now enter into a 90-day negotiating period to negotiate terms for the deal.

The Cordish proposal was the only one submitted in response to a city request for bids in August. The proposal will go before the city's design panel for review, where public comments can be heard.

The Clark's agency sought redevelopment bids slightly more than a year after the Port Discovery HiFlyer balloon attraction was grounded after stalling in the air with passengers during a harrowing, wind-whipped final ride.

Clark said the biggest challenge in the redevelopment is likely to be the engineering of the site over a Metro station, which is built on city-owned land.

She said the MTA has provided the developer with engineering drawings for the site, where above-ground development has always been an option.


'Tricky part'
"With this site, the engineering is going to be the tricky part," she said.

Cordish said he envisioned the new project as an anchor of the east side of downtown.

"It has to be a world-class, signature retail and residential destination, and we will deliver on that," he said.


------------------------------------

Well, this tower doesn't have the best top to it, but it's pretty nice. It's really about 40 stories counting to the very top. This tower should soar well over 400 ft. tall! And it's in the eastern part of Baltimore's CBD skyline. This tower along with the 32 story Water Street Tower that is starting construction, will help solidify that part of the city's skyline.

Well, what do you think of this tower?
__________________
Baltimore, my hometown.
StevenW no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old December 7th, 2005, 12:54 AM   #2
BMXican
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 559
Likes (Received): 5

so how comes the newspaper is saying 34 floors?

400ft is rather optimistic. I don't like the color, but the design is
quite nice. good news
BMXican no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 01:03 AM   #3
The Mad Hatter!!
P.E.C.K CREW
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: miami
Posts: 2,994
Likes (Received): 631

dude that is quite bright lol;
__________________
"Architects are pretty much high-class whores. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we've both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business"Philip Johnson

Boycott the La forum-Worse forum in SSC
The Mad Hatter!! no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 01:04 AM   #4
StevenW
Born in Baltimore
 
StevenW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Newberry, SC
Posts: 11,705
Likes (Received): 1602

The top floors are much higher. I was counting what the tower would be if every floor was the same preportion. Hopefully I'll know some specifics on the height. When I know I'll be sure to post it.

BTW, this where the tower will rise:

__________________
Baltimore, my hometown.
StevenW no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 01:16 AM   #5
StevenW
Born in Baltimore
 
StevenW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Newberry, SC
Posts: 11,705
Likes (Received): 1602

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Mad Hatter!!
dude that is quite bright lol;
Yeah, it is. That's Baltimore for you. Always the wild looking or bland looking buildings. Never the very tall glass and steel tower.

How's this for an addition, thanks to wada_guy?



BTW, you've got to admit that this tower does look a lot like some of the towers around Miami Beach.
__________________
Baltimore, my hometown.
StevenW no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 01:17 AM   #6
soup or man
Avant Garde
 
soup or man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 3,758
Likes (Received): 864

Ew.
__________________
Far from basic.
soup or man no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 01:45 AM   #7
Effer
E Pluribus Unum
 
Effer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Vanderbilt
Posts: 3,741
Likes (Received): 226

Nice design!
Effer no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 01:51 AM   #8
zerokarma
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,511
Likes (Received): 12

That looks funny looking.....

Like an old (very tall) movie theater or something.
__________________
.... Trump Tower Toronto .............. Costa Rica Photos 1, Costa Rica Photos 2
.... if you build it they will come ........ St. Martin/St. Maarten Photos, Aruba Photos
.... www.trumptowertoronto.com ....... St. Lucia Photos, My Complete Photo Album
zerokarma no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 01:58 AM   #9
Talbot
3rd Coast
 
Talbot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,123
Likes (Received): 14

It has a pretty cool design, but the colors are kind of ugly. But good for Baltimore that they are getting a new tall tower.
Talbot no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 02:39 AM   #10
Medo
Moderator
 
Medo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: London
Posts: 18,435
Likes (Received): 522

average design, like the colours
Medo no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 02:48 AM   #11
Chad
Kickimus Gluteus Maximus
 
Chad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bangkok
Posts: 37,353
Likes (Received): 3627

Rediculous design with a really pathetic color theme....sorry
__________________
You have the right to remain silent, everything you say will be misquoted and used against you in the forum

-Imate pravo da ćutite, sve što budete rekli može i biće upotrebljeno protiv vas na forumu

You know you love me. XOXO.
Chad no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 04:51 AM   #12
Harkeb
BANNED
 
Harkeb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Cape Town, Seoul
Posts: 2,634
Likes (Received): 22

nothing spectacular. horendous colour for a scraper.
Harkeb no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 05:59 AM   #13
jonovision
Registered User
 
jonovision's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Halifax
Posts: 485
Likes (Received): 1

I doubt the colours will be that bright in real life.

Does anyone else think there should be an old 50s diner on the top floors?
jonovision no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 06:50 AM   #14
james2390
Registered User
 
james2390's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,928
Likes (Received): 33

Hmm...either the design is horrid or the rendering is a piece of shit.
james2390 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 06:52 AM   #15
phillyskyline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 194
Likes (Received): 0

I'm not feeling that retro 50's design but overall good news for B-more's skyline desnity.
__________________
In Boston they ask, how much does he know? In New York, how much is he worth? In Philadelphia, who were his parents?
~Mark Twain
phillyskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 07:00 AM   #16
james2390
Registered User
 
james2390's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,928
Likes (Received): 33

Quote:
Originally Posted by phillyskyline
I'm not feeling that retro 50's design but overall good news for B-more's skyline desnity.
exactly.
james2390 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 07:06 AM   #17
some_stupid_nut
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 310
Likes (Received): 3

Cool! Too bad it is ugly.
__________________
I smell bad.
some_stupid_nut no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 02:54 PM   #18
SYDNEY
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Likes (Received):

Art Deco/Post modernism .. mmm .. I don't like it - sorry
  Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 03:01 PM   #19
goschio
proud Kuffar
 
goschio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Ujerumani
Posts: 6,048
Likes (Received): 4199

Wow, love it. Very beautiful.
__________________
Isaiah 28:2
Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

Matthew 7:25
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
goschio no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 7th, 2005, 08:27 PM   #20
Phobos
Registered User
 
Phobos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Porto
Posts: 9,408

I don't like it.
__________________
www.deforma.wordpress.com
Phobos no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu