South Baltimore Development Photography Tour

Row of Banners – Locust Point

28 Walker and Ryan Homes are working on the second phase of townhouses in the 108 Banner Row townhouse development in Locust Point. This development replaced the former PQ Corporation plant at 1301 E. Fort Ave.

Four houses, including the model house, have been built and 14 more houses are under construction. Infrastructure work is underway to prepare for more.

The homes are 2,500 to 2,600 square feet in size and will have three to four bedrooms, two-car garages with an adjacent one-car parking spot, second-floor decks, and rooftop decks. The houses will have three floors, but buyers will have the option of adding a fourth floor. The facade of the houses will be a combination of bricks and a dark exterior material with trim. Townhouses will have three large windows at the front of each level.

28 Walker owner Mark Sapperstein told in November that sales were going “extremely well” and that “90%” of buyers already lived in Locust Point. By November, 25% of the 108 homes had been sold, according to Sapperstein.

The local oyster – Riverside

In partnership with War Horse Cities, The Local Oyster is building a 3,800 square foot restaurant in the former home of Rallo’s Restaurant and Big Matty’s Diner at 838 E. Fort Ave. at Riverside/Locust Point. The townhouse building has been completely gutted and structural work is underway to build the new seafood restaurant.

Work has resumed in recent months as an addition is in place at the rear of the building and interior work is underway.

Federal Hill Square – Sharp-Leadenhall

Construction is underway on the second phase of Federal Hill Square on the 100 block of W. West St. in Sharp-Leadenhall. This phase will add six townhouses with garages and roof terraces. The exterior of the houses is nearly complete and work is continuing on the interior.

The first phase added five homes on the 100 block of W. Ropewalk Ln.

This project started construction in 2017.

Alta Federal Hill Phase I – South Baltimore

Wood Partners has completed Phase I of the Alta Federal Hill project on Blocks 1800 and 1900 of S. Hanover St. in South Baltimore. It is a six-story, 275-unit apartment building with a 367-car garage and 1,000 square feet of retail space, yet to be filled with a business.

Wood Partners plans a six-story Phase II building on the 1900 block of S. Hanover St. with 258 apartments, 1,000 square feet of retail space and a 370-car garage.

ExtraSpace Storage – South Baltimore

Work is ending on a five-story, 90,000 square foot, 820-unit ExtraSpace storage facility at 1900 S. Charles St. in South Baltimore. This Premier Storage Investors (PSI) project replaced a former one-story warehouse occupied by the Pratt Thompson Company.

LMC Apartment Building in Stadium Square – Sharp-Leadenhall

Staging has begun for the construction of a five-story, 315-unit apartment building on the 100 block of W. Ostend St. in Sharp-Leadenhall. The LMC building is part of the Stadium Square masterplan. It will also have an indoor garage with 334 spaces.

The new apartment building will share this block with a six-story, 67,000 square foot office building at 160 W. Ostend St. whose construction has yet to begin.

Spring Garden Business Park – Spring Garden / Stadium Area

Himmelrich Associates is adding 45,000 square feet of ground floor office and retail to this flexible 60,000 square foot building called Spring Garden Business Park at 175 W. Ostend St. in the Spring Garden/Stadium area. Current tenants include Checkerspot Brewing Company and Maryland State Arts Council.

Exterior and interior work is underway on this expansion which includes the addition of new windows, entrances and outdoor spaces.

Topgolf – Stadium space

There is significant progress in the construction of the 65,000 square foot Topgolf facility on 6.5 acres in the stadium area. Topgolf is partnering with Horseshoe Casino Baltimore owner CBAC Gaming on this project. It replaces the former Animal Control and Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) site at 301 Stockholm St., which was demolished along with Lot J.

The driving range and sports bar building is complete and the exterior facades are in the process of being erected; the old BARCS was demolished to make way for the fairway; and work on the shore is in progress.

Gwynns Falls Trail Park Renovation – Stadium Area

As part of the Topgolf project, the park space behind the Horseshoe Casino garage and along the Gwynns Falls Trail and Ridgely’s Cove is undergoing a refurbishment.

The land has been cleared of all invasive plant species and native plants will be planted. The route of the new trail is in place and it will be paved. The project opened up previously blocked views of Ridgely’s Cove.

Public Storage – Carroll-Camden Industrial Area

Public Storage is nearing completion on a five-story, 940-unit storage facility on the 1500 block of Ridgely St. in the Carroll-Camden Industrial Area. The development site used to consist of a one-story industrial building with loading docks, a two-story industrial building and four townhouses.

719-723 West Pratt Street – Ridgely’s Delight

Zahlco Development is completing construction of a 54-unit apartment building at 719-725 W. Pratt St. in Ridgely’s Delight. The project, which will also include 5,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor, includes several existing buildings as well as recently vacant land.

33 at 737 W. Pratt St. Ridgely’s Delight

Next door, Zahlco is also developing a 35-unit “all-inclusive” apartment building. The new apartment building will feature three three-story brick townhouses that once had retail on the ground floor. The new building will have five floors, the same height as the apartment building under construction next door, and it will have three small commercial spaces on the first floor.

Chapter 1B – Port Covington

The Port Covington development team is under construction on five buildings in Chapter 1B of the extensive redevelopment of this waterfront community. Some of the buildings are collapsing and the new road network is in place. These buildings and streets are expected to open to the public in the fall.

  • Building E1: 223,000 sq. ft. (162 residential units and 40,000 sq. ft. retail)
  • Building E5A: Building of 221,500 square feet (212,000 square feet of offices and 9,500 square feet of retail)
  • Building E5B: 133,000 square foot building (40 residential units, 81 extended stay units and 6,000 square foot retail)
  • Building E6: 293,000 sq. ft. (254 residential units and 16,000 sq. ft. retail)
  • Building E7, Rye Street Market: 273,000 square foot building (228,000 square foot office and 45,000 square foot market)

Reedbird Park Redevelopment and Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center – Cherry Hill

The redevelopment of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ Reedbird Park in Cherry Hill is in full swing. When completed, it will include the 32,000 square foot Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center, a grass stadium, three multipurpose courts, a dog park, basketball courts, trails and a car park.

The BGE Field turf stadium at Reedbird Park presented by Kelly Benefits has already opened. The wellness center has also been completed, windows have been installed and interior works are in progress.

The revamped park is expected to be fully open later this year.

1515 to 1519 W. Baltimore Street – Union Square

Work is underway to convert three buildings at 1515 to 1519 W. Baltimore St. into an apartment building with retail on the first floor. The commercial space will include an Ethiopian restaurant and an additional suite. The project is led by wife and husband Meseret Bekele and Samuel Ergete. They owned Ethiopic Restaurant in the Atlas District (H Street Corridor) of Washington, D.C.

The facade of the buildings, partially collapsed, has been restored with new windows. Bekele and Ergete launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to carry out the project.

1401 to 1403 W. Baltimore Street – Union Square

Nadine Ngouabe Dlodlo plans a five-story, 12-unit apartment building and African Market at 1401 and 1403 W. Baltimore St. in Union Square. Demolitions have taken place in recent weeks to remove existing buildings that had been vacant since 1978 and were held up by steel braces on the sidewalk.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Project at 1100 Ward St. – Pigtown

Habitat for Humanity is organizing the construction of five new townhouses on the 1100 block of Ward St. in Pigtown.

About the Author: Kevin Lynch

Founder and publisher of, longtime resident of South Baltimore and graduate of Towson University. Diehard Ravens and O fan, father of three, amateur pizza maker, skateboarder and foodie. Email me at [email protected] and follow me on Twitter at @SoBoKevin.


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