Baltimore is updating, renovating and literally changing the look of the past. Metropolitan Partnership Ltd., a Virginia-based development and construction company, is turning a main downtown corner parking lot at 1 Light Street into an incredible glass office and apartment building. An artist’s rendering of this state-of-the-art, 404 foot, 33 story structure can be found in the Baltimore Sun, and it is nothing short of spectacular.
This new building at 1 Light Street will have 340 luxury apartments and 10 floors of office space that will be a spectacular focal point to the trending Baltimore financial district. The Southern Hotel stood at this address for decades, and it was demolished in 2000. For 16 years it has been the topic of many speculations, but no action. One Light Street is a key downtown block.
The apartments and offices will be built atop a 646-spot parking garage; it is proposed to be hidden with a stone facade that will be the same height as the Thomas Building next door. The design fits perfectly into the existing design of the neighborhood. The Baltimore Development Corp. is backing this strategically placed parking garage with $28 million in bonds. It should be added that BDC is also renovating the downtown district with new projects. Development firm Madison Marquette has played a role in the new building.
Metropolitian CEO Cary Euwer was happy to tell the public that the construction for 1 Light was designed to complement the project that was taking place at 10 Light Street. Here the company is totally renovating the Bank of America building. Metropolitan has met with city officials, introduced the plans and made its presentation at an urban city design meeting, reports the Sun. Later, they made their presentation at an architecture review panel and a zoning board meeting.
There are other projections for the transformation of the downtown area. The momentum for renovation is strong and the Baltimore-based WorkShop Development Corp., wants it to continue, so they have introduced plans to build 240 apartments with 7,000 square feet of retail space on the site of the former Della Notte restaurant. Architects and officials agree that these projects are going to bring a new vitality to President Ave. and the entire area.