Greenbelt-based developer The Bozzuto Group has added another unique property to its portfolio of luxury apartment buildings in Baltimore.
The $72 million complex, called Union Wharf, consists of 281 residential units in a new, waterfront Fells Point building.
"Bozzuto really wanted to make this feel like Baltimore," said Chris Harvey, director of design for the Baltimore architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht. "It belongs here. It doesn't belong in some other city."
Harvey's team designed the building to blend into the historic surroundings. The two upper levels — the building is five-stories high — are set back in accordance with the city's zoning rules to maintain the area's character. Those set backs also create huge terraces.
The first-floor common space, which boasts a screening room and wet bar plus plenty of square footage for residents to socialize outside their apartments, is decorated with works from local artisans including Gutierrez Studios, a metalworks in Hampden's Clipper Mill, and Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Galley, also in Clipper Mill.
Another detail about the common area: Wood reclaimed from old Rosecroft Raceway stables has been used for portions of the flooring.
The more than 480-unit parking garage is unseen because it is wrapped by the residences. Residents will be able to park on the same floor as their home.
The L-shaped building offers potential tenants an assortment of views. Some apartments overlook the 150-foot infinity pool and common area, others look out onto downtown, still others face the harbor.
"I don't often get projects that have that variety of experience," Harvey said.
Bozzuto broke ground on Union Wharf in November 2011. The site was last used as a surface parking lot.
The apartment complex is scheduled to be completed in November, though some portions are already finished and welcoming tenants.
About 90 units have been leased so far and many of those are already occupied, said Toby Bozzuto, president of the Bozzuto Group. The leasing office is located inside Union Wharf's Wolfe Street entrance.
Studios at Union Wharf begin at $1,610 per month. Two bedroom apartments with a den start at $2,900.
"We're achieving rents that are comparable to Harbor East, which is unheard of in Fells Point," Bozzuto said.
The Bozzuto Group's other Baltimore properties including Spinnaker Bay at Harbor East and The Fitzgerald in midtown. Bozzuto also manages McHenry Row in South Baltimore and The Zenith by Camden Yards.
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