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West Baltimore Mansion to be Revitalized

A part of Baltimore for 157 years, the Sellers Mansion of 801 N. Arlington Avenue will be revitalized in the coming months. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the deteriorating building will be renovated to act as the entrance to a new apartment building slated to be built as an addition to the rear of the mansion.

Read more here on the Baltimore Business Journal.

Some Baltimore History Up for Grabs

Looking to own a piece of historic Baltimore? Check out the now up for sale collection of properties from developer Richard Naing of RWN Development Group. His pending retirement brought about the new listings. Hotels, venues, and private residences are now on the market.

Check out the list here on the Baltimore Fishbowl.

Neighborhoods in Baltimore to Benefit from the Future Fund

It’s a breath of fresh air to see investment in the Baltimore metro- especially when it comes from local banks and philanthropic organizations. The Central Baltimore Future Fund, tied to the efforts from the Johns Hopkins University community, is intended to improve ten neighborhoods near the university in central Baltimore. $10 million is already in the fund, and investments are starting on vacant homes in the Barclay neighborhood.

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Read more about the CBFF here on the Baltimore Sun.

Affordable Housing Planned for Howard Street

It’s no mystery that vacancy and expensive rentals are an issue in Baltimore City. Even many of the new apartment buildings in the downtown area are out of the affordable range for the middle class working in the city- pushing them outside the borders for housing and further hurting the economy. Along the light rail route on Howard Street, many buildings sit vacant and generate no new revenue for the city with businesses, let alone livable space. Aziz Housseini, CEO of AZ Group, plans to build a 50-unit apartment building at 423 N. Howard Street in hopes of creating an affordable options, and spurring other development in the area.

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Read more about the plans here on the Baltimore Business Journal.

Historic Fells Point Houses: The Effort to Preserve Them

Fells Point has long been known to be steeped with Baltimore and Maritime history. Now, some of the oldest surviving examples of that history are close to deteriorating completely. The historic houses, located on Wolfe Street, are not the oldest houses in the city- but they are close. “These are the last of five wooden houses that once lined the west side of Wolfe Street on that block. They date from 1797, the same year that Baltimore was officially incorporated as a municipality. They were completed at the same time that the USS Constellation, now the sculptural centerpiece of the Inner Harbor, was being built nearby.” (Gunts). The Historic Preservation Society is exploring ways to keep them standing as a unique part of our cities history.

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Read about the efforts here on the Baltimore Fishbowl.

White House Brings Green to Baltimore

In an effort to improve the green space in Baltimore, the city is slated to receive funds to create and restore green space, monitor water quality, and start educational programs, the White House announced today. From vacant lot revitalization to live-time water quality management, the support is sure to be put to good use.

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Check out all of the ways here on City Paper!

Whole Foods Begins Construction on New Location

If you’ve shopped at the Whole Foods in Harbor East, you know that while the location is ideal, the size of the grocery store leaves much to be desired. Well, last week, ground was broken on the new location. This “new location, between Aliceanna and Lancaster streets, is expected to be roughly 50,000 square feet, more than double the size of its current store, with cafe seating on a secondfloor and two outdoor patios”. The store construction is expected to take about three years- but it’s a start!

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Read more here on the Baltimore Sun.

Artscape: Local Festival, Local Food

This weekend, July 15th-17th, the largest free art festival in the country happens again in Baltimore’s own Station North. Headlining artists include Wyclef Jean and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, One of the biggest things of note this year is the food, which always boasts a diverse lineup. In years past, efforts have been made towards an all-local menu… but this year has proven successful. “This year, the festival is launching its new-and-improved food lineup by highlighting city favorites like Dooby’s and The Local Oyster, as well as up-and-coming businesses from surrounding counties like Frederick’s Chic Crepe and Columbia’s ThaiThai.”

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Magazine
Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Magazine

Check out details on the changes here on the Baltimore Magazine.

Downtown Revitalization in Full Swing

Even though people say that Baltimore is going through a renaissance, it’s nice to see solid examples. This gorgeous downtown building at 115 N. Charles Street that has long been underutilized will soon house both retail space and apartments. Downtown staple David and Dad’s Cafe will relocate to the bigger space. The property is targeting June 1 for an opening date, but there is suspicion it might be pushed to mid-summer construction.

 

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Read about the re-development on the Baltimore Business Journal here.

Rash Field to Sport New Features; Potential to See Changes Completed in 2017

Rash Field, and iconic part of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Waterfront, has seen much controversy in years past. This week, the Waterfront Partnership and Mahan Rykiel Associates revealed a plan for the space that seems to tick many boxes. The field will sport volleyball courts, yard space for other outdoor sports, a traverse-able climbing wall, and a potential play ground.

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Read more about the future plans on South B More here.