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Old May 1st, 2006, 01:24 AM   #161
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No one can post attachments. Thats not what you wanna do anyway. You're embedding the pic into the message using the code I provided. Your best bet is to host your pics.

If you'd like me to host them for you, then just shoot me a PM and see how I can help.
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Old May 1st, 2006, 04:10 AM   #162
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go to photo bucket or something........
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 01:43 AM   #163
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I found this 3 year old article on the "mystery hotel". The article says the operator is Baymont Inns, but it might have changed.

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore...28/story6.html

You might be able to find more about this on the Next Realty website which is currently not working
http://69.55.236.233/
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 02:14 AM   #164
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Here is a master plan for Canton Crossing where you can see the height of each building


I just hate the enormous parking lot though. At least there is room for future development
+ a 23, 19, and 24 Story residential buildings

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 02:49 AM   #165
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I don't think that Canton Crossing map is right. They changed what they are doing and Hale is now calling it an upscale Inner Harbor. Looks like less towers in the new one. I remember seeing the rendering in another thread. The cruise ship terminal is somewhere else now.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 03:23 PM   #166
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Everytime I see the overview of Canton Crossing I get so ANGRY!!! I couldnt HATE those surface parking lots more. Not only did he scale back the height, but the whole second half of that parcel is flat. Not cool Ed.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 01:16 AM   #167
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Wait, what overview of Canton Crossing? Is there a new rendering?
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 05:13 AM   #168
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Everytime I see the overview of Canton Crossing I get so ANGRY!!! I couldnt HATE those surface parking lots more. Not only did he scale back the height, but the whole second half of that parcel is flat. Not cool Ed.
My bet's on the theory that it is room for "Canton Crossing II". If it were really intended as permanent parking for the buildings, it would have been more integrated into the buildings, a sort of urban version of Hunt Valley.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 11:41 AM   #169
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Westport catches developer's eye
Builder of Locust Point project shows interest in 'Harbor West'
By Lorraine Mirabella
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Originally published May 3, 2006

One of the first national builders to make a foray into Baltimore in years with a project in Locust Point is pursuing another new townhouse development in the city - on the industrial shoreline of Westport along the Middle Branch.





Pulte Homes, which has traditionally built in suburbia but began looking at urban markets about four years ago, could build 400 to 700 townhouses and condominiums in what has been dubbed "Harbor West," a Pulte representative said during a business forum yesterday. But any plans hinge on Pulte finalizing an agreement with the developer of a proposed mixed-use community in Westport, Patrick Turner of Henrietta Development Corp.

The Westport project would extend a wave of redevelopment around Baltimore's waterfront, with pricey condos, shops and offices transforming formerly industrial land extending from Canton to Locust Point.

Yesterday's comments from Pulte offered a preliminary peek at Turner's plans for a 28-acre waterfront parcel he began assembling in 2004 from former industrial sites along Kloman Street. The developer has long talked of creating a mix of housing, retail and offices but has not disclosed details and has not filed plans with the city. Turner could not be reached yesterday for comment.

At the same time, investors have been buying up Westport rowhouses in anticipation that the demand for housing on or near the waterfront would extend to the long-struggling neighborhood.

Pulte's interest in Westport isn't surprising, given the homebuilder's shift into urban markets four years ago as land has become more scarce and its success with its first Baltimore venture, said John McIlwain, a senior fellow for housing with the Urban Land Institute in Washington.

"What you're seeing is that Pulte, having made the decision to go into cities and having decided to give Baltimore a try, they've invested a whole lot of time and effort in learning how to operate in Baltimore and decided that for the right property, there's a market," McIlwain said. "If you find land at the right time and the right place on waterfront that's about to be redeveloped, that could easily be a home run. They're saying housing bubble or no housing bubble, long term, urban housing is going to be strong and Baltimore housing, in the right area, is going to be strong."

Pulte views Baltimore as a strong residential market because of the city's development boom, its anticipated job growth and its pro-growth attitude toward developers, Rod Hart, vice president of operations for Pulte's Maryland division said yesterday at a breakfast event sponsored by the Downtown Partnership.

"Pulte wants to continue participating in this renaissance," said Hart, who was a panel member in a program focused on national businesses' attraction to Baltimore.

The builder's McHenry Pointe project is more than half sold, with 97 homes either sold or under contract, for prices that started in the low- to mid-$500,000 range, said Michael J. McCann, the builder's Maryland division's director of land engineering and entitlements.

The townhouse community near Fort McHenry in Locust Point forms the gateway to Silo Point, a $400 million conversion of a 1920s-vintage grain terminal into 221 luxury waterfront condos that is also under development by Turner. The McHenry Pointe townhouses - which promote rear-entry, two-car garages, rooftop decks and views of the water or the city skyline as selling points - have been snapped up by empty-nesters and young professionals, Hart said. But the urban landscape hasn't come without its challenges, he said, including working around aging infrastructure and the difficulty in attracting families with children.

In Westport, Pulte would also work with Turner, who is planning the mixed--use development. The traditionally blue-collar residential community of narrow rowhouses has struggled with vacancies, housing code violations and declining home ownership. But Hart told the business group yesterday that the waterfront site offers a prime opportunity to be part of a well-planned transit-oriented development centered on a light rail stop.

Turner controls more than half of the 50 acres of Westport shoreline that the city wants to see redeveloped. Last summer, Turner's Inner Harbor West LLC signed a contract to buy the 12-acre site of a shuttered BGE power plant from Constellation Energy Group. In November 2004, Inner Harbor West bought the former Carr-Lowrey glass manufacturing plant on 16 acres on Kloman Street - next to the BGE plant - at auction for $6.82 million.

Residents of neighboring communities of Westport, Mount Winans and Lakeland are hopeful a waterfront redevelopment would offer access to a the waterfront, with a promenade and access to Middle Branch Park.

"We had asked that whatever company comes in, they would work with the older community so there's some kind of connection, rather than you all are over here and the older communities are somewhere else, so that's one of the big concerns," said Linda Towe, executive director of TOOUR (Teaching our Own Understanding and Responsibility) an umbrella group of Westport, Mount Winans and Lakeland. She said plans to develop a "Main Street" from Annapolis Road to Kloman Street and the waterfront would help rid the area of blighted properties, but at the same time she wants to make sure homeowners don't get displaced.

A final draft of an urban renewal plan for Westport's waterfront, which should be finished by the end of the month, would set guidelines for development such as building heights, setbacks, streetscapes and the treatment of the water's edge, said Gary Cole, chief of the land-use and urban design division for the city's Department of Planning. Planners are trying to balance protection of environmentally sensitive areas of the shoreline with commercial and residential development.

Within the next few months, planners hope to submit the renewal plan for City Council approval. At that point Turner would have to submit preliminary plans outlining details of development. The Turner-controlled properties have been rezoned for mixed-use development - including townhouses and condos in midrise and high-rise buildings, retail, offices and parking - Cole said.

"The goal is to get the best possible development of waterfront property," Cole said. "We have the Inner Harbor, and the promenade along Fells Point and Canton, but there is a limit to waterfront property, and this may be close to the last opportunity to really do high-quality development on the waterfront and connect the waterfront with the surrounding communities."



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Old May 3rd, 2006, 06:22 PM   #170
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Honestly....Baltimore's efforts and willingness to re-introduce communities and neighborhoods to their waterfront is only surpassed, in my opinion, by what Bloomberg and Pataki are doing in New York.

The whole Westport area could have continued to sit idle and waste away, but the city has rezoned the land for residential use and renamed the area to make it more marketable. Its great. With the Aquarium facility in the works and the public waterfront park already planned, this neighborhood already shaping up to be something pretty special. Not Harbor East special...but still special.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 07:51 PM   #171
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I cant wait to see the renderings for the main street at harbour west. I have heard that some highrise condos are to be built next to harour hospital. I also here that sams club and walmart are planning a move or sale of some sort. I also know that investors are buying in cherry hill. who would of thought....
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 10:08 PM   #172
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The Pinnacle at Harborview
Units starting between $1million and $2million




Harborview is clearly positioning itself as a real force in dowtown living. After years of just having the main tower and the townhomes...now they have the Pier homes, The Pinnacle tower and the Lofts in the pipeline. And people dont seem to mind paying $2 million or more for one of their units.
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Old May 4th, 2006, 02:23 PM   #173
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waj and stevenw - thanks for the help
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Old May 8th, 2006, 06:55 PM   #174
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Is it true Balt city hotels have more convention space than most on the East coast. I hear the hotels are just waiting to turn that spce into casinos. What does Trump own out here. I keep hearing how he is waiting to make some moves????
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Old May 8th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #175
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I dont think Trump is in the Baltimore market at all. He's been in the area quite a bit during the last two years with the Miss USA stuff. He has to be aware of the potential of the area. Maybe he's holding out for something.

As for the convention space and casino rumors...I havent heard either of those. I'd find both difficult to believe though. We're not getting casinos anytime soon and other east coast cities are far better served in the hotel catagory.
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Old May 13th, 2006, 07:23 PM   #176
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I am looking for a new thead on Balto. Does one exist.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 05:25 PM   #177
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^Baltimore Development News #14 can be found under the Northeast U.S. sub-forum.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 04:07 PM   #178
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******News of another 'New Tallest' in Baltimore*********

Just weeks after the Baltimore Planning Commision approved plans for and design of '10 Inner Harbor', a 59-story, glass-and-steel tower which was slated to become the city's tallest, the Baltimore Daily Record reports that another developer is planning two 60+ story towers just north of City Hall. These two buildings would be the tallest towers in the city.

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Developers quietly plan for two city skyscrapers
RWN, Bresler want to erect towers of 60 stories or more near Baltimore’s City Hall
By JEN DEGREGORIO
Daily Record Business Writer

The developers who in 2004 bought a portfolio of Baltimore office buildings once owned by Boxer Property have been quietly buying up more properties downtown in hopes of building the city’s tallest skyscrapers. RWN Development Inc. and Rockville-based Bresler & Reiner Inc. bought or have under contract about 10 properties just north of City Hall. The buildings give them control of nearly two city blocks, on which they are planning to erect two mixed-use towers that could rise 60 stories or higher.

“We want these to be the tallest buildings in Baltimore,” said RWN President Richard Naing. “We want to change that entire side of downtown.” The bustle of downtown fades as one travels north of City Hall along Holliday Street. The area has little street life. Parking lots and drab buildings reign.

But Naing hopes to change all of that. His firm recently bought the Saratoga Court apartment building on the corner of Saratoga Street and Guilford Avenue and the garage beside it. Also under contract is the building beside the garage where nightclub Hammerjacks currently operates on Guilford Avenue. RWN plans to close Hammerjacks on May 29, potentially filling it with a restaurant. On top of that building and the adjacent garage, the developers want to construct a tower that would contain about 1 million square feet of space.

Naing’s plan includes ground level retail, parking, assisted-living units and condominiums. He wants many of the units to be priced somewhat affordably at about $250,000 each. “The secret to the future is affordable housing,” Naing said. Statistics compiled by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc. echo Naing’s sentiment. Industry experts surveyed by the partnership said condominiums priced at $500,000 and below would do well downtown, while units priced between $750,000 and $800,000 were becoming overbuilt.

RWN also owns the building where Sonar nightclub currently operates on East Saratoga Street. The company and its partner also bought or have under contract about six properties along North Gay and Holliday streets. The properties comprise a large chunk of that block, with East Saratoga Street and an alley bordering the site to the north and south.

There RWN and Bresler plan to build a second tower, also with 1 million square feet of space dedicated to a mix of uses. While Naing’s primary focus is on condominiums, he said he would be open to possible office or hotel uses for the buildings. Before they could materialize, the towers need a good deal of planning and city approvals. But Naing said if everything goes according to schedule, the projects could be under way by 2008 and delivered by 2010.

Architects have not yet been chosen. Naing said he is negotiating with a number of “recognizable international names” to design the towers, which he wants to be “signature properties.” The preliminary idea has already won the support of city development officials.

“I was excited and intrigued about the potential of really activating that area,” said Otis Rolley III, director of the Baltimore Department of Planning. “It comes down to how it is designed, and if it’s done respectfully, it can be a real victory for the developer as well for the city,” Rolley said. RWN and Bresler’s plans follow news that Philadelphia developer ARC Wheeler was approved to build a 59-story condominium tower at the former McCormick spice plant lot along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Both projects speak well of Baltimore’s continued growth, said J. Kirby Fowler, president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. “It’s further proof of development well beyond the waterfront,” Fowler said of RWN’s planned skyscrapers. “We can definitely afford some taller structures and greater density downtown.”
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Beautiful!!! I could just cry!
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OMFG is all I can say right now... soooooo happy!!!
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