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Jul. 28, 2013

Apartment Projects Approved by Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Baltimore will soon greet a new high-rise building. Developer David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd. of Owings Mills has plans for a 30-story mixed-use development on the eastern edge of the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the city’s design panel approved schematic designs for the proposed mixed-used office and residential tower on July 18. The new building will be located at 325 W. Baltimore street. It will include retail space on the ground floor, about  100,000 square feet of office space, 225 apartments and above-ground parking with approximately 400 spaces.

Howard S. Brown, chairman of David S. Brown Enterprises, thinks the project will help revitalize the neighborhood surrounding the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He told The Baltimore Sun his company would like to move forward as soon as possible and that the development would serve the students of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Before construction can start, a parking structure and four-story building have to be demolished. The project is expected to cost about $50 million. The 30-story tower is expected to take about 18 months to build. Towson’s Curry Architects are the project’s lead designers.

David S. Brown Enterprises is also working on other important projects in the Greater Baltimore area. The company is redeveloping the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre as a residential and retail tower in downtown Baltimore. The project was approved and praised by the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel last March. It will deliver 476 apartment units. In Owings Mills, David S. Brown Enterprises is building Metro Centre, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development that, upon completion, will add over 1.2 million square feet of office space, 300,000 square feet of retail space, 1,700 residential units, educational facilities totaling 120,000 square feet and a hospitality component with up to 250 rooms.

The Baltimore Business Journal reported that the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel also approved Jefferson Apartment Group’s 200-unit Washington Hill project. It is the second phase of a larger, 500-unit apartment project near Johns Hopkins Hospital, in East Baltimore. The 300-unit first phase is already under construction and is expected to be completed in spring 2014.


Photo credits: Jefferson Apartment Group

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