J.J. Clarke Enterprises

Doubts face a new proposal for prominent downtown parcel

Developer J. Joseph Clarke has come up with a half-dozen ideas over the past 20 years — a hotel, corporate headquarters, residences, office space — for a prominent downtown site three blocks from the Inner Harbor. But none took hold.

He hopes this time will be different. So do city leaders whose patience is wearing thin with Clarke and the owner of the site, a parking lot at the corner of Light and East Redwood streets

"I wish it weren't the case that it's gone on this long," said Clarke, president of J.J. Clarke Enterprises Inc. "We think that this is the best proposal that we can make for this site at this time."

He sees the stars finally aligning...