Highland Haus starts to rise on former Haussner's site

Apartment building, dubbed Highland Haus, starts to rise at former Haussner's site.

A new apartment building has started rising on the site of the former Haussner's restaurant in Highlandtown.

Garver Development Co. expects Highland Haus to be complete in about a year. The six-story building is slated to have 65 market-rate apartments — many of them one-bedroom units — with parking and retail. The units will likely start at about $1,350, said Peter Z. Garver, president at Garver Development, which is working with Taylor Property Group on the project, where foundations have started to come out of the ground.

The site, on the northwest corner of Eastern Ave and South Clinton Street, is close to the Creative Alliance and Patterson Park, in a part of the city where the Latino population has grown, helping to fuel other improvements.

"It's a great area. It's a little transitional," Garver said. "We think this project will be catalytic to further the efforts that many others have made in Highlandtown."

Haussner's, famous for its strawberry pie and art collection, operated in the Eastern Avenue location for 73 years before closing in 1999. The building was vacant for more than 10 years before it was demolished this summer.

Garver declined to say how much the firm is investing in the project. He previously estimated the cost at more than $10 million.

nsherman@baltsun.com

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