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10 Light Street to be converted to apartments

A Virginia firm is planning to convert 10 Light Street, Baltimore’s iconic red-brick office tower topped with green and gold, into apartments.

“The 520,000 square foot, 34 story structure will be converted to 445 for-lease residences,” according to a statement on the website of Metropolitan Partnership Ltd., the Reston, Va., development firm that purchased the building in November for $6 million.

Ten Light was completed in 1929 and last sold in 2002, for $5.3 million to the Nellis Corp. That company, based in Rockville, sold the building to Metropolitan Partnership after several months of working with city agencies “on plans for its sale and conversion to residential use,” the statement said.

“The Art Deco building is fashioned from Indiana limestone and local brick over a steel frame,” Metropolitan Partnership’s statement said. “The building’s exterior is decorated with carved, Mayan Revival-style images and is capped with a copper and gold mansard roof. The ornate, four-story main colonnaded lobby is decorated with mosaic floors and historic murals depicting Baltimore’s history.”

At 509 feet, 10 Light Street is the second-tallest building in Baltimore — about 20 feet shorter than the Transamerica tower. The law firm Miles and Stockbridge, 10 Light’s only office tenant, has agreed to move into the Transamerica building early next year.

The building now also contains a Bank of America branch. After the conversion to apartments, the first floor of the building will continue to house retail tenants, according to Baltimore’s Downtown Partnership.

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