Taylor Property Group wants to build a modern five-story apartment and office building on Linwood Avenue close to Canton's O'Donnell square.
The Baltimore-based company is negotiating with neighbors about the $7.5 million project, which has drawn concerns about how it will fit into the neighborhood. The new building would replace a warehouse, which the Taylor family purchased in 2013 for $1.5 million.
Ross Taylor, Taylor Property's general manager, said he has met with neighborhood groups three times so far about the 1000 S. Linwood Ave. project, which would add 21 one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as roughly 7,500-square feet of office space, to the popular East Baltimore neighborhood. The first floor would be devoted to parking, with about 24 spaces, he said.
"I think we're very close, if not there," he said, noting added windows and changes to the color scheme of the building from white to brick-red.
Taylor also is developing a new $15 million, 57-apartment building at 1212 East Ave. that is set to open in September.
Taylor, who has lived in Canton for seven years, said he is scheduled for a preliminary meeting with the Planning Department next week. Taylor said he is seeking to amend the zoning, which may change eventually anyway as a result of the city's new zoning code, and hopes to begin construction by April 2015.
Canton Community Association President Sean Flanagan said designs for the building have "dramatically improved" since they were first presented, but concerns about height and parking remain.
"This is something we're going to thoroughly vet," he said.
This post was updated with comment from the Canton Community Association.