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Old October 21st, 2011, 07:34 PM   #21
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The developer defaulted on loans used to buy the site and prepare to build. The site was sold at auction in late 2010.

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Old September 26th, 2014, 07:25 PM   #22
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Well.. It's not going to be quite as tall as the leg mas.. Er, I mean transamerica tower. It is going to fill in that gap pretty well! It would have been nice to see a new tallest in the city but this is pretty neat.
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Old September 26th, 2014, 08:04 PM   #24
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Well.. It's not going to be quite as tall as the leg mas.. Er, I mean transamerica tower. It is going to fill in that gap pretty well! It would have been nice to see a new tallest in the city but this is pretty neat.
Baltimore's been burned so many times on that front. I'm still trying to dig up that 600+ ft. 46 story proposed tower designed by Pietro Belluschi in 1985...
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Here's what the 44-story tower at 414 Light St. will look like from the ground

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Old October 6th, 2014, 04:30 AM   #27
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Old October 10th, 2014, 05:10 AM   #28
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That site needs something and a 500 footer would be such a great addition to the skyline. This would be the third tallest in the city.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 07:14 PM   #29
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"The approval allows developer Stephen M. Gorn to apply for a building permit and start construction on the 44-story, $140 million tower at the corner of Light and Conway streets downtown. Gorn told the commission that he expects to begin construction on the 392-unit building in the second quarter of 2015."

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Old October 15th, 2015, 08:13 PM   #32
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So it's almost the 4th Quarter of 2015 and the site looks exactly the same, any updates on when construction is starting?
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Old January 9th, 2016, 04:25 PM   #33
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New Renderings from the architect:





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414 Light Street is designed as a sleek point tower, emphasizing the contrast of its elliptical shape with the surrounding orthogonal buildings. Its form also serves to reflect highlights of the sun, accenting the sculptural quality of the architecture as a centerpiece of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The tower is crowned by a cylindrical-shaped beacon, symbolic of Baltimore’s maritime past. This defining element completes the tower form and captures the changing light reflected off the harbor, transforming 414 Light Street into a piece of urban art. The tower is crafted in a combination of glass and aluminum panels, giving the structure a modern expression, while the retail base is made of a combination of stone and glass. To animate the frontage streets, the design activates the urban edges of the building with a pedestrian zone and two floors of retail space.

The 305 units feature 9.5-foot floor-to-ceiling glass, wood flooring and stone counter tops. Another key move in the design was the decision to share the top floor with all tower residents. By locating the club amenities on Level 36, residents and guests can enjoy a beautiful panorama of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and financial district.
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Pretty sure these "new" designs are actually very old. Questar is the designer now.
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Old January 29th, 2016, 10:46 PM   #35
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Correct - that was one of the concepts submitted and is a dead design.

They should be getting close to having financing in place - expecting by end of Feb. Then permits and a minimal amount of demo.
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Old February 15th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #36
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Correct - that was one of the concepts submitted and is a dead design.

They should be getting close to having financing in place - expecting by end of Feb. Then permits and a minimal amount of demo.
You were so right on this one! Financing is now officially in place, thank you for the inside scoop!
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Old February 17th, 2016, 11:20 PM   #37
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News broke today that financing has been secured by three banks and the developer will break ground by the end of March. The tower will rise 44 floors/500ft
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Old March 16th, 2016, 11:31 PM   #38
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Questar Properties embarks on its 44-story 'magnum opus' in Inner Harbor

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March 15th, 2016, 7:46pm

Officials gathered Tuesday to herald the start of construction on a new 44-story apartment tower on the Inner Harbor parking lot that was once home to the McCormick & Co. spice factory.

Stephen Gorn, the chairman, president and CEO of Questar Properties, hosted the groundbreaking celebration for the $160 million-plus blue glass apartment building Tuesday, pledging to complete the project in two years.

Gorn said the 414 Light Street development is a legacy building for his family firm, which has built thousands of apartment communities across Maryland.

"This is certainly the most exciting, challenging project we have," said Gorn, 64, who founded Pikesville-based Questar in 1971 with his brother-in-law, following his father and grandfather into the industry. "This could be our magnum opus."

The 1.9-acre site at the corner of Light and Conway streets has sat undeveloped for more than 25 years, in some ways a stubborn reminder of the city's diminished business base. Several developers have proposed office, condo and hotel projects that never materialized, even as the area around it filled with hotels, a new visitor center and other residential development.

The new building would rise nearly 500 feet, making it among the tallest in the city. (The nearby Transamerica Tower is the tallest at more than 525 feet.)

"For those of us who grew up in Baltimore and are of a certain age, this site holds a lot of memories," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "Two years from now, I know that we will marvel at its transformation and Baltimore will have a new landmark in its skyline."

Downtown Partnership President Kirby Fowler, who used to live nearby and speculate about the property's future, said the new plans are a sign of Baltimore's progress as a city, the strength of its rental market and Gorn's commitment to the project.

"I thought this site is going to take off and, with some fear and trepidation, I thought it might happen while I was there. But that was 20 years ago," he said at the event. "Thanks very much for pushing this to the finish line."

The 414 Light Street tower is not the Gorn family's first stab at urban building — Gorn's father, Morton, and others also constructed the Horizon House in Mount Vernon nearly 50 years ago — but most of the firm's developments have been low- and mid-rise apartment communities in the suburbs, such as Avalon Village Green in Pikesville and Greenwich Place at Town Center in Owings Mills.

It also has developed shopping centers, homes and condominiums.

Gorn said his firm saw opportunity in the downtown site that his firm first tried to buy in 2002 from an affiliate of the Rouse Co. But it lost the bid to a Tennessee parking lot operator who offered more.

"For those of you who know me and know my company, we do not like coming in second," he said to a crowd that included his mother, sister and son, who also works at Questar.

Questar finally purchased the property at a foreclosure auction in 2011. It shopped the site to Exelon for its regional headquarters, but the energy firm chose Harbor Point instead. In 2014, Questar presented designs for the apartment tower.

The building is to include 394 apartments, more than 12,000 square feet of retail and nearly 470 parking spaces, as well as a "rooftop park" with a pool, grill, gym and pet spa. Gorn said he is looking for at least one "white-tablecloth" restaurant to lease part of the ground floor space.

Monthly rents are expected to range between $1,750 for a small studio to more than $8,000 — a premium that Gorn said he thinks Baltimore is ready for, despite the many new rental buildings completed or started since he embarked on the project. The project will not include affordable units.

"There's an urban renaissance going on in downtown Baltimore," he said. "When you see more high-quality apartment product coming into the market, it really feeds on itself."

Gorn said a new city tax break for apartment projects was key to getting the project off the ground.

The 10-year program, which the city approved in 2014, has been applied to about 1,600 market-rate units so far, Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday.

For 414 Light Street, it was worth more than $2 million a year, Gorn said.

"It was a game-changing factor," he said.

Financing for the project, led by Citizens Bank, was announced last month. Gorn said the firm expects to get building permits in the next few weeks.

The new building allows for additional construction on the property. Questar is starting to consider those plans, Gorn said.

"We were waiting for the right opportunity and 414 Light Street is a fantastic opportunity to do something really special," he said.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 11:23 PM   #40
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The building has been under construction for several months now. Would a mod be able to move this from "proposed highrises" to "highrises"?

For more information on the project, check out 414's official website:

http://www.414lightstreet.com/
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