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Remington Row project wins city design panel approval

Seawall Development Corp. still needs Planning Commission and City Council approval

By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com

10:37 AM EDT, June 13, 2014

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The Baltimore City Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel on Thursday gave master plan approval, with comments, to Seawall Development Corp.'s $51 million mixed-use project, Remington Row.

UDARP also gave final approval to specific plans for Phase I of the project, a warehouse-style building with apartments, retail and nonprofit office space in the 2700 block of Remington Avenue.

However, the panel asked Seawall officials to meet with UDARP staff members and one or two panel members once more review design elements that some panelists want tweaked.

"I think the building looks like an old warehouse, but feels like a new warehouse," said panel member Gary Bowden. "It fits the character of Remington."

"I think this is a big improvement" said panel member Rich Burns.

Several Remington residents at the UDARP meeting also said that for the most part, they are pleased with the building and the master plan.

"I can't wait to have the best-looking building in Baltimore in my neighborhood," said resident Ryan Flanigan.

Baltimore City Council members Mary Pat Clarke and Carl Stokes introduced legislation May 12 to designate Remington Row as a planned unit development.

Remington Row was originally planned for the 2700-2900 blocks of Remington Avenue, but has been scaled back. New plans call for 15,000 square feet of retail space, 30,000 square feet of nonprofit office space, 108 apartments and roughly 200 parking spaces in the 2700 block.

The Baltimore Glass Co. would give up its 5,000-square-foot building in the block in exchange for a vacant, 8,000-square-foot warehouse that Seawall owns and originally wanted to redevelop in the 2900 block.

Seawall is abandoning plans to redevelop the 2900 block and will pay the cost of renovating the warehouse as Baltimore Glass' new offices.

In the 2800 block, Seawall plans 15,000 square feet of retail and 10,000 square feet of office space, as Phase II of Remington Row.

Seawall has been unsuccessful in negotiations to relocate several businesses in the three blocks, including a 7-Eleven, a Pizza Boli's and an Anderson Automotive body shop.