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Old August 6th, 2007, 12:35 AM   #5241
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Old August 6th, 2007, 01:31 AM   #5242
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Yes, it would.
Slow day, right, Steve? 10 Inner Harbor, 300 East Pratt St., The Naing Towers, Westport, Four Seasons/Legg Mason, Harbor Point, Superblock, new arena, Rotunda, Broadway Market redevelopment, State Center redevelopment, Pratt St. redevelopment, Station North redevelopment.... we're sitting on the verge of a world class city and yet.... absolutely nothing...
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Old August 6th, 2007, 06:05 AM   #5243
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If sold at this price, wouldn't this break Baltimore's residential real estate transaction record? How much was Ed Hale's penthouse at the Intercontiental/Harbor Court tower?

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Old August 6th, 2007, 03:14 PM   #5244
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Slow day, right, Steve? 10 Inner Harbor, 300 East Pratt St., The Naing Towers, Westport, Four Seasons/Legg Mason, Harbor Point, Superblock, new arena, Rotunda, Broadway Market redevelopment, State Center redevelopment, Pratt St. redevelopment, Station North redevelopment.... we're sitting on the verge of a world class city and yet.... absolutely nothing...
This is very surprising. I haven't been on here in a good four to five days and I thought I missed alot of development news. I guess not.


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Old August 6th, 2007, 04:05 PM   #5245
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Somewhere in Baltimore there is a complete cast Iron facade of a building being stored. Wouldn't it be nice if one of these new highrises could incorporate it into the building design?
Dave,

If you're thinking about the 1867 Fava Fruit Co. facade that was saved when the rest of the building was demo'ed to make way for the convention center, it was reused over a decade ago. It was restored in Salt Lake City, folded like a Japanese screen, and incorporated in the City Life Exhibition Center of the Baltimore City Life Museums, which opened in April 1996 ...

... and closed in June 1997.

But the facade's still there on Front Street, visible from the President Street Blvd.:

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Old August 6th, 2007, 04:32 PM   #5246
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^Isnt that currently Gardele's (sp?)?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 04:59 PM   #5247
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Dave,

If you're thinking about the 1867 Fava Fruit Co. facade that was saved when the rest of the building was demo'ed to make way for the convention center, it was reused over a decade ago. It was restored in Salt Lake City, folded like a Japanese screen, and incorporated in the City Life Exhibition Center of the Baltimore City Life Museums, which opened in April 1996 ...

... and closed in June 1997.

But the facade's still there on Front Street, visible from the President Street Blvd.:

Wasn't this supposed to be an urban inn? Didn't someone from Greenspring Valley purchase it for that purpose? What happened to that idea?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 05:22 PM   #5248
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From Cordish web site

Let Cordish Develop Balloon Site

Sometimes less is definitely more.
The Baltimore Development Corp. received only one proposal for the redevelopment of the former Port Discovery Balloon site on East Baltimore Street. That might seem like a bad thing.

But the proposal came from the Cordish Co., which can take the credit for turning two of downtown's most forlorn structures into thriving retail, restaurant and entertainment centers. Allowing Cordish to develop the site near President Street should be an easy decision.

Cordish is proposing a mixed-use development that includes entertainment, retail, condominiums and apartments. He has assembled a team that features architect Michael Graves & Associates and general contractors Clark Construction Group LLC and Banks Contracting Co.

Power Plant Live doesn't have anywhere to expand. The Cordish plan gives the company a natural extension to the project and further pushes life and retail toward the rapidly developing East Baltimore. "To us, it's a great gateway site. We're excited," Cordish said

Cordish said he has already lined up a tenant for the project's ground floor. He won't divulge the name but said it is a well-known name that provides a good fit for the Port Discovery Children's Museum and Power Plant Live's night life. Cordish said he is focused on ensuring that the children's museum succeeds. "It certainly is a plus for the city to have a children's museum," he added.

It's also a plus to have a national developer who gets things done.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #5249
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^Isnt that currently Gardele's (sp?)?
Yeah.. Its where P diddy had his party a few weeks ago.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 06:02 PM   #5250
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yeah, that was a 'white party', right?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 07:39 PM   #5251
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No, Jamie I know about the old City Life facade. The one I am thinking about was a bank building (either Equitable or Mercantile). It was about 9 stories and every piece had to be cleaned, cataloged and stored. It was a city project so I am sure it is stashed in a city warehouse somewhere.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 08:19 PM   #5252
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New research building ready for NIH
Baltimore Business Journal - August 3, 2007by Sue SchultzStaff
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Construction on the NIH Biomedical Research Center began in 2004.
View Larger National Institutes of Health officials said they could begin moving into new laboratory space at the Biomedical Research Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus later this month.

The move comes nearly six months after the building was slated to open and about a year after the federal agency expressed concerns over vibrations the building made that could impact research results. The questions prompted more testing of the building, which may have delayed the project.


The building is expected to be ready later this month or early next month, said Don Ralbovsky, a spokesman for Bethesda-based NIH. No NIH employees are working at the site.

"The Bayview building is a complex facility and as such goes through a traditional, extensive commissioning process," said Ralbovsky.

The $250 million East Baltimore project has taken nearly a decade to complete. A new facility at the Bayview campus was first recommended by NIH in late 1998. The new center could soon be home to office space and laboratory space for NIH researchers. The federal agency is expected to pay $13.2 million annually to lease the building.

The project, for which construction began in 2004, has encountered several hurdles since its inception.

U.S. Congressional approval was needed for the project that requires NIH to finance a 30-year lease agreement. The agency typically receives its federal allowance annually. With the blessing of federal leaders, construction was under way and the steel beams supporting the structure were put into place in 2005.

But later that year, concerns cropped up regarding the building's vibrations that were created by elevators and even some foot traffic that might impact highly specialized research equipment and instruments. In 2005, tests showed the vibrations were significant. Some critics even questioned whether NIH would be able to move its labs into the building.

NIH officials said that the building has passed various tests conducted by consultants and is undergoing some final adjustments before it is ready to open.

NIH already operates two research centers on the Bayview campus -- the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Smith Management Construction, the buildings developer, and Ambac, a New York-based company financing nearly $200 million in bonds for the building, could not be reached for comment.



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Old August 6th, 2007, 09:18 PM   #5253
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No, Jamie I know about the old City Life facade. The one I am thinking about was a bank building (either Equitable or Mercantile). It was about 9 stories and every piece had to be cleaned, cataloged and stored. It was a city project so I am sure it is stashed in a city warehouse somewhere.
Hmmm. I'm stumped. There was a Mercantile branch on South Street designed by Frank Furness that was dismantled to make way for the Alex. Brown building, but a number of the architectural elements were resurrected in the adjacent garden and that building was only a couple stories tall. Before they moved to the NW corner of Charles and Pratt and were ultimately subsumed into the Bank of America, Equitable's HQ was on the SW corner of Calvert and Fayette. Building's still there ...

Come to think of it, a nine-story cast iron buildings woulda been pretty remarkable: the largest typically topped out at 5 or 6, since they preceded elevators. Only other things I can recall being tagged and stored (allegedly) were the clocks in the Tower Building and a 3-story Federal-era house on Fleet removed to make room for an H&S Bakery building.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 10:03 PM   #5254
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Sam's Club to leave Baltimore's Port Covington for Glen Burnie
BALTIMORE - Sam's Club will leave its waterfront property in South Baltimore for Glen Burnie by early next year, leaving a Wal-Mart store the sole occupant of the Port Covington retail complex.

Regional Wal-Mart executive Steven Restivo says the Sam's Club move is part of an effort to better serve the greater Baltimore metro area. He says the current store will remain open until the Glen Burnie location is completed early next year.

He says Wal-Mart is working to market the Sam's building.

City officials and developers earlier touted Port Covington as the first big-box retail development in Baltimore. But community leaders said the complex was handicapped by awkward geography and poor timing, leaving Sam's Club and Wal-Mart as its only tenants.

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Old August 6th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #5255
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Quick article about the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon.

http://www.examiner.com/a-865676~Mon...ore_s_sky.html
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Old August 6th, 2007, 10:44 PM   #5256
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Whoa, that's really cool. There are even some pretty tall ones in Harbor Point there [in the MAC video]. Very cool.
Yeah, I noticed that, too. That center building at Harbor Point looked to be nearly as high as the Legg Mason building in Harbor East. Animation exaggeration, or have we missed a nascent high rise?
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Old August 7th, 2007, 01:43 AM   #5257
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Yeah, I noticed that, too. That center building at Harbor Point looked to be nearly as high as the Legg Mason building in Harbor East. Animation exaggeration, or have we missed a nascent high rise?
My guess is that, while this may not be an exaggeration, it's probably a conceptualization. If you recall back to the early renderings of Harbor East and then compare them with what we have today, there are several major changes that occurred once all the buildings were officially proposed. As far as I know, Harbor Point only has one building that is officially proposed at the moment, that being the Wills Pier. The renderings we've seen as of late are probably just to advance the idea that buildings may rise taller than those originally conceived, even if none have been officially proposed as of yet. And if Harbor Point is anything like Harbor East, we're going to see a lot more height than even these recent renderings suggest.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 01:55 AM   #5258
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Yeah, I noticed that, too. That center building at Harbor Point looked to be nearly as high as the Legg Mason building in Harbor East. Animation exaggeration, or have we missed a nascent high rise?
i just saw the video for the 1st time.........

SUPER video by the way. i actually had to look at it 3 times to realize that the tall harbor point building is as tall (if not taller) as the harbor east marriott. who knows? we may indeed wound up with a 30-35 floor tower over there in harbor point.

harbor east and harbor point is really going to look nice once everything is finally done. we're sure to become one of the premiere destinations not only on the east coast, but in the U.S.

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Old August 7th, 2007, 04:20 AM   #5259
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Wow...........

Dreaming big at Port Covington
Developer envisions billion-dollar project for 56-acre waterfront site
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August 6, 2007 7:13 PM
The mostly empty Port Covington retail complex in Southwest Baltimore could have a future as a billion-dollar, mixed-use, waterfront development on the order of the Inner Harbor and Harbor East, according to its latest developer.

That dream seems distant for the 56-acre waterfront parcel in a mostly industrial area off Cromwell Street near Interstate 95. Zoning, competition and ownership issues are spread out like a minefield before the developer.

Since 2002, the site once home to a rail yard has housed sister stores Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart. The previous developer, Starwood Ceruzzi of Fairfield, Conn., was unable to secure the dozen or so big-box retail tenants it had wanted.

On Friday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the Sam’s Club will close its doors when a new Glen Burnie location opens early next year.

Architects already are working on a new plan for the site that would include doubling its size and adding housing, office and retail space, said Marc Solomon, one of four partners that bought the 56-acre parcel in 2005.

It also would incorporate the existing Wal-Mart, he added, and could be finished within six years.

““This is what we view as a terrific redevelopment site that could rival the Inner Harbor,” said Solomon, a principal and managing director at development firm Finmarc Management Inc. in Bethesda.

Solomon and fellow Finmarc principal and Managing Director David B. Fink are developing the site with Alan Hammerschlag and Scott Spector, both principals at Kodiak Properties in Bethesda.

Port Covington LLC, as the partners have called their effort, envisions “some type of stepped building arrangement,” Solomon said. He described townhouses directly on the water, four-story condominium buildings behind those and two-story retail blocks mixing with high-rise office and residential towers behind those.

The project could grow to $1 billion, Solomon said. But the plan seems more dream than reality at the moment.

Much of the developer’s ideal site belongs to other owners. Nearly six acres belongs to Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse — developer of Harbor East — and nearly six acres belongs to Constellation Energy in the form of the deactivated Gould Street power plant.

The balance, said Solomon, belongs to the Baltimore Sun Co. The newspaper company owns 26 acres of undeveloped land in Port Covington, part of a total 60-acre parcel that includes its printing facilities.

“We’re having discussions with them on either acquisitions or a joint venture,” Solomon said of the land owners. “There is a lot of underutilized property in Port Covington.”

“We really can’t speculate publicly on future plans for our Port Covington property,” Sun spokesman Timothy J. Thomas said in an e-mail.

Constellation spokesman Kevin Thornton noted the company would not sell the Gould Street plant, as it recently announced it was considering reactivating the facility to meet increasing demands for power.

Struever Bros. executives could not be reached Monday for comment.

Only a portion of the land that would be involved is zoned for residential use, said Larisa A. Salamacha, managing director of industrial development for the Baltimore Development Corp.

Port Covington LLC would have to work with BDC and the Baltimore Planning Department to have the land rezoned. And the planning department would have to approve the developer’s vision, Salamacha said.

Solomon said he has not yet contacted BDC, but plans to do so within the next 60 days.

BDC President M.J. “Jay” Brodie said he had been trying to secure a meeting with the owners for some time, but was told they would not be free until September.

The development would be just west of Tidewater Yacht Service, a marina and service center owned by Robert P. Brandon. Solomon said he felt a mixed-use development would complement the yacht center.

The Port Covington plan also must contend with developer Patrick Turner’s nearby 54-acre Westport project, a similar mixed-use waterfront complex on the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River.

The two developments, on opposite sides of the Middle Branch, could become assets to one another, connecting Federal Hill to Brooklyn, said Downtown Partnership of Baltimore President J. Kirby Fowler Jr.

Solomon and his partners still are working out the details.

“This is all very preliminary,” he said. “We’re taking our time.”
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