Wood Partners Breaks Ground on Baltimore Project

A former industrial site will be transformed into Alta Federal Hill, a two-phase development.
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Wood Partners is underway on the first phase of the two-phase Alta Federal Hill project in South Baltimore, Md. Phase I calls for a six-story apartment community. It will feature 267 units, a 367-unit parking garage and 1,000 square feet of retail space. 

Wood Partners acquired the formerly industrial land in the 1800 block of S. Hanover St., on which the development will sit, from developer Caves Valley Partners (CVP) last month. It plans on developing Phase II on the 1900 block of S. Hanover St. 

That phase will feature a 258-unit apartment building with 370 parking spaces, a garage and 1,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Wood Partners will acquire the 1900 S. Hanover St. land from CVP before starting construction later this year. The development will also include a new street, W. Barney St., between S. Hanover St.’s 1800 and 1900 blocks.

The middle of the 1800 block will feature a courtyard leading into the interior courtyard of Phase I. The courtyard will also lead to a first-floor amenity space featuring a gym.

Phase I will feature a gray-and-white facade mixing brick and additional materials. It will also incorporate walk-up stoops that mimic the aesthetics of traditional Baltimore stoops.

Last month, Wood Partners opened Lake House by Alta in Orlando, Fla., a development the company broke ground on in 2018.

Hanover St. is also known as Rt. 2, a thoroughfare that continues south through Annapolis. The roadway is a “vehicular-centric” artery. Wood Partners intends to calm that hurried characteristic by lining both S. Hanover and W. Barney Streets with lush plantings.

The development site is proximous to both Federal Hill and Port Covington, the latter the location of a newly-launched 235-acre project from Port Covington Development. Wood Partners conceived Alta Federal Hill as both an anchor for Federal Hill and a means of connecting the Federal Hill and Port Covington neighborhoods.

The development’s architect is Design Collective.