Development Photo Tour: Station North

| March 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each week The BMore Stoop will visit a neighborhood to check in on development and real estate projects in the area. This week The BMore Stoop visits Station North.

Station North is a state-designated arts and entertainment district in central Baltimore that includes the neighborhoods of Charles North, Greenmount West, and Barclay. Station North is located just north of Mount Vernon and Midtown, and just south of Charles Village.

The southern end of the district features the Penn Station transportation hub and the northern end features an area that has been called Koreatown for its many Korean restaurants and businesses. Charles Street in the district has been a strong retail corridor for many years and is home to the Charles Theatre and many restaurants. There are also many once-vacant properties along North Avenue in Station North that are beginning to fill with art and retail attractions.

With strong neighborhoods to the north and south, Station North has seen a significant increase in investment over the last decade. Here’s a look at some of the projects that are underway, recently completed, and proposed for the area:

Penn Station

The Penn Station transportation hub was constructed in 1911 and operator Amtrak has been eying a large redevelopment. Baltimore Business Journal has reported Amtrak has received nine proposals from developers looking to revamp the station. Around the station, Beatty Development Group had planned a $500 million mixed-use development on property including the large 1.7 acre parking lot behind the station, but Amtrak is again looking for redevelopment proposals after that deal fell through.

Penn Station is a popular site for Washington-Baltimore commuters to catch the MARC Penn Line.




The Chesapeake

A large property that once featured a restaurant known as The Chesapeake at 1701 N. Charles St. was recently redeveloped and is now the home to restaurants Penn & Quill and Colette. Developer Ernst Valley will also be constructing a 102-unit apartment building with retail behind the property on two existing parking lots. Construction is expected to begin in the near future.



State Department of Human Services Building

Construction is finishing up on a new 52,000 sq. ft. office building for the State Department of Human Services at 1525 North Calvert St.



Parkway Theatre

The long-vacant Parkway Theatre is getting new life as Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and the Maryland Film Festival are transforming the theatre built in 1915 into a center for the study, production, and exhibition of film. It will be named Stavros Niarchos Foundation Film Center. Construction recently began at the property.




Rendering courtesy of Johns Hopkins University


Motor House

Motor House is a recently-renovated 24,800 sq. ft. commercial property at 120 W. North Ave. It is operated by The Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO). The property was previously Load of Fun and was once a car dealership. Motor House will be used for performance spaces, galleries, and non-profits.


Joe Squared

Joe Squared, popularly known for its pizza, recently relocated to a newly-renovated space at 33 W. North Ave. It was previously at 133 W. North Ave.


Joe Squared’s former property will be offered at auction on March 31st.


Centre Theatre

Vacant for 25 years, the Centre Theatre at 10 E. North Ave. has new life after a recent $19 million investment by Jubilee Baltimore. The Centre is now home to the film programs of Johns Hopkins University and MICA, The Baltimore Jewelry Center, Sparkypants Studios, The Impact Hub, and The Center for Neighborhoods, a collaborative work space for nonprofits that serve Baltimore neighborhoods.



Recent Projects

MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Center, an $18 million graduate studio center:


Renovations and new tenants have come to the North Avenue Market:



Many redevelopment opportunities remain along North Ave. and in the area at vacant properties:



A renovation is underway at this vacant former Kentucky Fried Chicken and sub shop:


Baltimore Design School

The Baltimore Design School opened at a formerly abandoned 100-year-old Crown Cork and Seal factory and Lebow Bros. Clothing plant at 1500 Barclay St. in 2013.


Just east of the design school on Oliver St. are newly-renovated rowhomes that were previously vacant, new-construction townhomes, and the City Arts building, which provides affordable housing designed for artists.



City Arts 2

City Arts 2 is now under construction at 1700 Greenmount Ave. It will provide 60 affordable apartments designed for artists.



Open Works

BARCO’s Open Works is under construction at 1400 Greenmount Ave. The two-story, 34,000 sq. ft. space is described as “an incubator for Baltimore’s creative economy by providing affordable working studios and access to state-of-the-art production facilities for several hundred visual artists, photographers, graphic designers, sculptors, weavers, fiber artists, fashion designers, and fine furniture makers.”




Station North features many murals including this Greenmount West mural on the side of a rowhome:



In Greenmount West many rowhomes have been renovated in recent years and many are undergoing renovation. There is also renovation opportunities that remain at vacant homes.







J Van Story Branch Sr. Apartments

This affordable, senior living high-rise at11 W. 20th St. recently underwent an exterior renovation and will receive a mural as part of the PNC Transformative Art Prize.


Popular Korean restaurants across the street:


A commercial property under renovation on the 200 block of N. Charles St. nearby:


Central Baltimore Partnership

A newly-renovated space for the Central Baltimore Partnership at 25 E. 20th St.


Located next door to this mural:


North Barclay Green

A project with 141 affordable renting housing units in the Barclay neighborhood:




North Calvert Green

North Calvert Green has been renovating more than 50 rowhomes in Barclay for affordable home buying:




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