Development Photo Tour: Hampden

| March 21, 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 Hampden.

Hampden is a North Baltimore neighborhood just west of Johns Hopkins University and east of I-83 and the Jones Falls Valley. Real estate investment has been high in Hampden in recent years and it was voted by Redfin as one of the Hottest Neighborhoods of 2016. Hampden features many rowhomes, many with front porches, as well as some single family homes and apartments.

Hampden is well known for The Avenue on 36th St., which is one of the most vibrant retail and restaurant corridors in the city, and the neighborhood attracts worldwide attention every winter with the Christmas and holiday lights display known as Miracle on 34th St.

In this tour, The BMore Stoop also takes a look at some projects in smaller neighborhoods adjacent to Hampden, including Medfield, Hoes Heights, Jones Falls Area, and Wyman Park.


Hampden features a large stock of rowhomes, many of which have been renovated in recent years. This is a shot of Miracle on 34th St. during the holidays.


Medfield has many similar rowhomes to Hampden, as well as rowhomes built later in the 20th century.


The Avenue 

The Avenue in Hampden spans six blocks on West 36th St. and features hundreds of storefronts that are filled with bars, restaurants, shops, and many vintage and antique stores.



New businesses are always joining The Avenue as it has become one of the hottest dining attractions in the city.

Daniela Café & Bakery is moving from a small space that sat six to a to a larger 80-seat restaurant.



The owners of Pratt Street Ale House and Oliver Brewing Co. are opening a new 11,000 sq. ft. restaurant at a former antique store at 901 W. 36th St. The space is currently under construction. The team also has a restaurant in Columbia and Severna Park, as well as a brewery in East Baltimore.


Dylan’s Oyster Cellar is relocating from a small pop-up space in Mount Vernon to a new restaurant at 3601 Chestnut Ave. adjacent to The Avenue. The space was formerly The Modest Florist.


Spaces are available for business owners looking to join The Avenue.



Including a 12,348 sq. ft. former church that was recently renovated:


And some spaces are currently getting renovated:


Just off  The Avenue, Paulie Gee’s Hampden will be opening at the former Republican Club building at 3535 Chestnut Ave. Paulie Gee’s is a popular Brooklyn, NY pizza restaurant.


The Rotunda

The iconic Rotunda at 711 W. 40th St. was built in 1921 and is currently undergoing a redevelopment. The rebuilt Rotunda will feature 150,000 sq. ft. of retail, 379 luxury apartments in two new buildings, 1,100 parking spaces, and an event lawn. 140,000 sq. ft. of existing office space will remain. The retail will include a Mom’s Organic Market, CineBistro, PetValu, Moby Dick’s House of Kabob, Massage Envy, Floyd’s 99, Bella Beach Salon, and a yet-to-be-named fitness center and national coffee chain.









Roland Park Place

Across the street from the Rotunda at 830 W. 4oth St., the Roland Park Place Retirement Community is proposing an expansion that would include a new building with 60 residences and a 175-car parking garage.


More Storefronts

The former McCabe’s is under renovation to become Wicked Sisters by the restaurant group of Charlie Gjerde, Lori Gjerde, and Carrie Podles, the owners of Alexander’s, Papi’s, and Huck’s.


A storefront under renovation at the corner of Roland Ave. and W. 40th St. in Hoes Heights:


New Townhomes

Richmond American Homes (RAH) is developing Hampden Square, a 27-towhome development at Cairnes Ln. and Berry St. in Hampden.



A new development with 40 townhomes is underway for Hoes Heights at 4201 Hickory Ave. on a lot behind the Green Spring Tower Square shopping center.


Jones Falls Valley

Many of the buildings and former mills and factories of the Jones Falls Area are getting new life.

Union Mill, formerly known as Druid Mill, reopened in 2011 with 25,000 sq. ft. of office space for non-profits and 56 new apartments. It is also the home to Artifact Coffee.



Next door is the Pepsi plant at 1650 Union Ave. Pepsi has announced it will be moving to White Marsh.

Himmelrich Associates is looking to redevelop the 12.5 acre property into a mixed-used development with a Harris Teeter.


In the distance is the vacant and fire-damaged former Schenuit factory. The former rubber plant is under contract with a developer.


This property just was also recently sold:


Waverley Brewing Company recently opened a brewery and taproom at 1625 C Union Ave.


A shot of the Jones Falls under I-83, otherwise known and the Jones Falls Expressway:


Whitehall Mill, built in the 19th century, is currently under construction for a redevelopment by Terra Nova Ventures. It will include 28 loft-style apartments, 20,000 sq. ft. of office space, and 18,000 sq. ft. of retail, which will include a market and restaurant.




Another shot of the Jones Falls:


Terra Nova Ventures also completed the redevelopment of Mill No. 1, a former cotton mill built in 1847, in 2013. Mill No 1. at 3000 Falls Rd. includes 60 apartments, 42,000 sq. ft. of office space, and a 3,859 sq. ft. restaurant called Cosima that opened in February.



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