November 17, 2016
Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. is planning to build a 33-story building, complete with an adjoining parking garage at the address of One Light Street in downtown Baltimore. Metropolitan submitted its proposal and met with the city’s design panel and architectural review board and later sat with the zoning council. At this stage, the details of the project have not been discussed but are being presented to the city for consideration.
What is known is that the plans call for a 404-foot tall building with both apartments and retail space, adding 10 additional floors to the plans it proposed for the site last year. It would hold 340 apartments, have 10 stories of office space, and host shopping outlets on its corners. It would sit on top of a parking garage holding 646 spaces. The proposal calls for two-story apartment building to be constructed on President Street.
Architectural firm Hord Coplan Macht expressed that the building would bring much needed vitality to the area and that it will serve as the impetus for further expansion of the district. Architect Lee Driskill expressed similar viewpoints to that of the company, saying that he believed that, “momentum that is growing here”. City leaders, along with Downtown Partnership, have backed the project, with Downtown Partnership saying it made supporting the project a priority.
Planning Director Thomas J. Stosur is excited about the project and expressed that the site is one which has presented challenges to those bringing forth building proposals. Mirecourt Associates Representative J. Joseph Clarke added that the property was purchased 25 years ago and that the intention has always been to build more offices. The site used to be home to the Southern Hotel, until it was torn down in the year 2000.
City officials view the merger with Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. as a clear sign that a new construction may finally fill the now vacant lot. Decades of discussion have taken place over potential projects for 1 Light Street, including with developer Madison Marquette. Metropolitan CEO Cary M. Euwer Jr. said that this project will be a further expansion of Baltimore’s financial district.