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Armada Hoffler’s Tony Nero Talks About the 3200 St. Paul Development and Student Housing in Baltimore

29 Oct 2014, 7:10 pm

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Tony Nero, President of Development for Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc.

Johns Hopkins University recently announced that Armada Hoffler Properties Inc. and Beatty Development Group LLC could start work on a mixed-use development in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood by next April. The project has not yet been named and is only referred to as 3200 St. Paul. It calls for the construction of a 12-story building, with 157 student apartments and 31,500 square feet of commercial space.

Tony Nero, President of Development for Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc., recently shared details about the development.

Q: Is there a need for student apartments in Baltimore?

A: Yes. Johns Hopkins University currently does not provide housing for juniors and seniors; this will help fulfill that need for the university.

Q: What can you tell us about the rents in the new building?

A: The rents will be comparable to Johns Hopkins University’s on-campus housing.

Q: Can you tell us more about the amenities in the new building?

A: The building will include study lounges, high speed internet, a fitness center, on-site property management and on-site parking.

Q: How will it influence the student experience?

A: The units will be marketed towards juniors and seniors, giving them the ability to move out of dorm style housing with resident advisers and into an apartment with all of the amenities a dorm would not provide.

Q: We know that Armada Hoffler Properties and Beatty Development Group have been working on the project since 2012. What challenges has the project encountered so far? And what challenges do you expect to encounter in the future?

A: The program has evolved based on community input over a period of time, which we will continue to seek as part of the process to gain approvals. We expect to break ground in the first half of 2015.

Q: Can you give us some financial details on the project?

A: The total costs for the project will be approximately $65 million.

Q: What impact will the project have on Charles Village and the city of Baltimore?

A: This will provide a high quality project as a gateway to the university, as well as provide much needed retail in the Charles Village neighborhood. We have been in talks with a national pharmacy group that will also be a huge draw to the community.



Bozzuto, H&S Properties Development Announce Plans For $100M Apartment Tower In Baltimore’s Harbor East

19 Oct 2014, 10:57 pm

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Rendering of the apartment tower planned by The Bozzuto Group and H&S Properties Development Corp. in Harbor East.

Two developers plan to bring almost 300 new apartment units to Baltimore’s Harbor East. The Bozzuto Group and H&S Properties Development Corp. have now joined forces and are looking to add another high-rise to the city’s skyline.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, the project is expected to cost up to $100 million. It calls for the construction of an apartment tower, with 291 units, including 49 condominiums, and between 50,000 and 60,000 square feet of retail space.

The two developers plan to build the new building on the site of a surface parking lot bounded by South Central Avenue and Lancaster, South Eden and Aliceanna streets. Toby Bozzuto, president of The Bozzuto Group, told the Baltimore Business Journal that the planned tower will be one of the tallest structures in Harbor East. It is slated to be 280 feet tall, about 70 feet shorter than the nearby Legg Mason building.

Bozzuto also said he wants the project to not only be one of the best in Baltimore, but the entire country. He added that he believes the proposed building to be one of the most beautiful his company has ever worked on. D.C.-based Hickok Cole Architects has been selected to design the project.

Bozzuto and H&S Properties plan to hold a series of meetings with neighborhood groups to discuss the project. Once this process is complete, they will submit their plans to the city. The two developers hope to start work within a year. The project could take two years to complete.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is turning into a magnet for residential developers. Earlier this year, two companies announced their plans to add more than 700 new units to the area. Orlando, Fla.-based Zom Holding Inc. intends to replace the former University of Maryland Specialty Hospital with a new 350-unit apartment building, while Questar Properties of Pikesville wants to build a 44-story luxury apartment tower, with 392 units, on the site of the former McCormick & Co. spice factory. The Baltimore Business Journal reported that Questar’s $140 million project was approved by the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel on October 9. It is expected to break ground early next year.

Photo credit: Hickok Cole Architects



New Mixed-Use Project To Break Ground Next Spring in Baltimore’s Charles Village Neighborhood

19 Oct 2014, 10:42 pm

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

An early conceptual design of the planned mixed-use development.

Johns Hopkins University announced last week that work could start by next spring on a new, mixed-use development in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood. It will feature market-rate student apartments, retail, restaurants and parking.

The project has not yet been named and is only referred to as 3200 St. Paul. It will be developed on a 1.13-acre site located on the southwest corner of the St. Paul and 33rd intersection, about a block away from the university’s Homewood campus. Johns Hopkins purchased the site in 2009 and is now leasing it to the development team of Armada Hoffler Properties Inc. and Beatty Development Group LLC.

The team recently presented conceptual designs to the North Charles Village Planned Unit Development’s design review committee. On October 23 they will also present the designs to Baltimore City’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel.

Construction is expected to start next April, assuming all approvals are granted. Johns Hopkins said that student tenants will be able to occupy the building by the start of the fall 2016 semester.

Plans call for the construction of a 12-story building, with 157 student apartments and 31,500 square feet of commercial space, wrapped around a parking structure with 162 spaces. According to Johns Hopkins, the commercial portion of the project will include a 10,500-square-foot pharmacy.

The student apartments will be leased on the open market, not as part of Johns Hopkins’ housing system. Birmingham, Alabama-based Capstone On-Campus Management will manage the units.

“Charles Village is by every measure an extraordinary neighborhood and one that Johns Hopkins is proud to call home for our main campus,” Daniel G. Ennis, the university’s senior vice president for finance and administration, said in a statement. “The addition of this project will accelerate the momentum our neighborhood is already experiencing and add to quality of life for our neighbors as well as for our students, faculty and staff.”

This story was updated on October 21.

Photo credit: Armada Hoffler Properties/Design Collective/JHU



Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Earns LEED Gold Certification

19 Oct 2014, 10:30 pm

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Baltimore’s new Horseshoe Casino is now LEED Gold certified. The $442 million project is the first in Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio to achieve this level of certification. It is also one of only four casinos in the United States to be LEED certified.

The project broke ground last May. Horseshoe Baltimore was developed along Russell Street. It stands two stories tall and offers 335,000 square feet of space. The $442 million project opened on August 26, bringing with it more than 2,500 slots, 100 table games and 1,700 full time jobs.

Horseshoe Baltimore received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council after it achieved a score of 61 out of a possible 100. Gold is the second-highest rating a building can earn. In order to be LEED Gold certified, a project must receive between 60 and 79 points. Projects that earn over 80 points are LEED Platinum certified.

According to Caesar Entertainment, the casino’s sustainable features exceed the city standards requiring buildings to be at least LEED Silver certified. Horseshoe Baltimore’s green highlights include:

  • A design that enables it to collect and store storm water;
  • More than 49% of the materials used in construction were extracted and manufactured locally and roughly a quarter of them contained recycled content;
  • 97% of the project’s construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Caesars Entertainment also announced that another of its developments, The LINQ Las Vegas, has been LEED Silver Certified. The company said it is pursuing LEED certification for all of its existing buildings in Nevada.

“As soon as we start the planning process for our new developments, we are considering ways to make our buildings part of a sustainable future,” Greg Miller, Caesars Entertainment executive vice president of domestic development, said in a press statement. “By considering building elements’ energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, and materials, we are creating healthy, vibrant places for our guests to relax and play, and for our employees to work.”

Photo credit: Horseshoe Casino Baltimore



Historic Hotels of America Recognizes The Lord Baltimore as The Country’s Best City Center Historic Hotel

12 Oct 2014, 1:07 am

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel officially reopened this year, following a multi-million dollar restoration that brought the old property back to life. Rubell Hotels, a family-owned company known for renovating architecturally significant and historic hotels and turning them into affordable cultural hubs, carried out the project. Its efforts have recently paid off.

On October 2, Historic Hotels of America recognized the Lord Baltimore Hotel as the winner of the 2014 Awards of Excellence in the “Best City Center Historic Hotel” category. The honor was announced at the Historic Hotels of America 2014 Ceremony and Gala Dinner, held at The Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pa. In a news release, Historic Hotels said these awards are presented every year ”to historic hotels demonstrating the highest contribution to furthering the celebration of history and demonstrating leadership and innovation.”

The Lord Baltimore was constructed in 1928, in the heart of the city’s downtown. It was designed by famous architect William Lee Stoddart, in the French Renaissance style, and was once considered one of the crowning architectural jewels of Baltimore.

Rubell Hotels acquired the property in 2013, for $10 million. The company immediately started work on a top-to-bottom renovation. A year later, the Lord Baltimore’s 440 guestrooms, its restaurants and ballroom were all renovated and upgraded.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by the Historic Hotels of America,” Gene-Michael Addis, general manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel, said in a statement for the press. “The Rubell family knew they had found something really special when they decided to restore and renovate the hotel. What they’ve done truly represents the history and charm of Baltimore. We are glad to showcase that to our guests.”

Photo credit: The Lord Baltimore Hotel







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