The team planning a new Hammerjacks near Baltimore's casino and sports complex recently unveiled new designs for the club and concert venue for a city review panel, saying they hope to open by the end of 2017.
The city's Urban Design & Architecture Review Panel last week gave a preliminary go-ahead to the 1300 Russell Street complex, which would add a new destination to an area city officials have talked about transforming from an industrial to entertainment district.
The $10 million project, expected to include a 2,500-person concert space, club and beer garden adjacent to the Russell Street overpass, has been in the works for several years, as the location, development team and other aspects of the project were firmed up.
Hammerjacks Entertainment Group CEO Kevin Butler said he and partner Andy Hotchkiss now hope to start construction in the spring. They are still scouting for retailers to occupy shops and companies to help operate the venue, including its food offerings.
First opened in 1977, Hammerjacks became well known as a rock club in the 1980s, before closing in 1997. A second iteration of the club operated on Guilford Avenue from 2000 to 2006.
Butler secured the trademark for $1,000 in 2011.
Baltimore-based Design Collective is the architect working on the project, which involves new construction and adaptive reuse of a building at the corner of W. Ostend and Russell streets. Part of the complex will be built on the spot formerly occupied by the Paradox nightclub.