A City Council committee on Thursday declined to endorse a $58 million subsidy for a mixed-use development in West Baltimore's Poppleton neighborhood, but advanced the deal anyway for the full City Council to consider Monday.
Residents of West Baltimore urged a City Council committee Thursday to approve a $58.3 million subsidy for new large mixed-use development in the West Baltimore's Poppleton neighborhood, saying it is urgently needed after last month's unrest.
The Board of Finance approved $58.3 million in financing for a long-stalled development in Poppleton Monday, pushing forward a plan to take a tool associated with high-profile Inner Harbor projects and use it to spur largely residential development in a high-poverty area.
Developer David Tufaro, of Roland Park, is redeveloping an old mill on the Jones Falls in Hampden as a multi-use housing, retail and office center, a Belvedere Square-style market, and a 150-seat restaurant in the old boiler room.
Judging from the rush of developers to produce new apartments and the surge of office and hotel construction, Baltimore is seeing what looks like a new renaissance — fueled by two generations of urban dwellers who have come on the scene since the renaissance of 1960-80, when the city was re-invented by the "crown jewel" of the Inner Harbor.
Boutique gyms offer fewer members and a more intimate setting than so-called big-box health clubs. They're typically run independently rather than being corporate-owned and provide specialized targeted exercise programs.
Employees of Charles Village's special taxing district were first on the scene of a cave-in on 26th Street. Also, there was flooding in Mount Washington and Clipper Mill and businesses were closed and some employees evacuated.
Three light rail stations will be closed for 10 days later this month for repairs to a track crossing at the edge of Hampden, forcing riders to connect with stations north of the city by bus, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.
Baltimore will spend more than $2 million to extend the Jones Falls Trail by another 3.1 miles from the Cylburn Arboretum to the Mount Washington Light Rail stop under an agreement approved Wednesday by the city's spending panel.
A century-old Station North movie theater, an East Baltimore church and two downtown office towers are among the renovation projects selected for financing next year under Maryland's historic preservation tax credit program.
The makeover of the mills along the Jones Falls into a hub of trendy restaurants and residences has succeeded so well that parts of the area no longer qualify for the federal tax credit that helped finance some of the work.
Terra Nova Ventures would convert the Whitehall Cotton Mill site into 27 apartments, about 25,000 sqare feet of office space, and 20,000 square feet of shopping, about twice the size of Belvedere Square. The design also reserves space for a 6,000-square-foot restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Jones Falls.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city has nothing to lose and much to gain by borrowing $107 million to pay for new roads, parks and other infrastructure at Harbor Point, a vast emptiness that is envisioned as a glittering mini-city on Baltimore's waterfront. But some question whether the taxpayer help is needed, especially with Harbor Point already in line for $113 million in tax breaks.
The City Council is poised to vote Monday on a bill that would require businesses receiving large city contracts or major financial support to hire 51 percent of new workers from Baltimore or face criminal sanctions.
The first major "adaptive reuse" project in the valley between Baltimore's Woodberry and Hampden communities was completed in the mid-1980s. Three decades later, only two major sites have not been redeveloped as housing, retail or office space.
The Creative Alliance has released the line-up of this fall's edition of its Art to Dine For fundraising dinners. The schedule includes some 30 dinners, brunches, cocktail parties and get-togethers, taking guests inside artist studios, private homes, galleries, public parks and even a cemetery.