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Seawall to redevelop historic tire shop building opposite Miller's Court

Seawall Development Corp., redeveloper of the old U.S. Census building at 26th and Howard streets as Miller's Court, an affordable apartment complex for teachers, now is planning to redevelop a historic building across the street for use by nonprofits, performing groups and restaurants, according to a theater troupe that says it will be the first tenant.

Single Carrot Theatre announced in a press release Tuesday, Dec. 4, that it plans to move in the coming year to the building last occupied by Mr. James' Tire shop, 2600 North Howard St., on the border of Charles Village and Remington.

Single Carrot Theatre announces plans to move to 2600 N. Howard Street, currently Mr. James' Tire Shop in the coming year. Single Carrot Theatre is now housed at Load of Fun on North Avenue.

Evan Morville, a partner at Seawall is quoted in the press release as saying, "We're thrilled to partner with Single Carrot, which is known for bringing excellent theatre and education programs to Baltimore. Single Carrot Theatre has worked alongside us and selected this building as their new home. We can't wait to see what they do with the space and for the neighborhood."

The architectural plans for 2600 N. Howard Street will include 6,500 square feet for Single Carrot's operations, a 5,000-square-foot restaurant, 2,600 square feet of nonprofit office space, and onsite parking.

"We're excited to work with Seawall Development, an organization that shares our vision of a strong and vibrant Baltimore", Single Carrot Theatre board president Rich Espey states in the release. "2600 North Howard Street represents the culmination of a dream for Single Carrot: to provide intimate, intense theatrical experiences in a brand new facility designed specifically with our audience in mind."

The Single Carrot Theatre space would include a theater to seat nearly 100 people, a rehearsal hall, scene shop, lobby, and storage and office space, so that it can expand its programming and serve a wider audience, the press release states.

Single Carrot plans to debut its inaugural performance there in early 2014, its seventh season, the release states.

"This is a once in a lifetime move for Single Carrot Theatre," managing director Elliott Rauh states in the release.

Seawall is also the redeveloper of Union Mill, now teacher apartments in Hampden. Both Union Mill and Miller's Court also house nonprofit groups. Seawall is also rehabbing houses nearby for its teacher tenants to buy in the future. The goal is to keep teachers from leaving the city, Seawall officials have said.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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