New development coming to Baltimore

There will be a new skyscraper in Baltimore when 1 Light Street at the southeast corner of Baltimore and Light streets finally becomes a completed reality in approximately the winter of 2018.

This next downtown high-rise has taken over 25 years to be more than just an idea. J. Joseph Clarke, a representative of Metropolitan Mirecourt Baltimore, the long-time owners of the property, said when the property was acquired, it was the intention to build more office space. It has taken this long!

The project will be a 28-story, 404-foot high, 776,000-square-foot, mixed-use “glassy tower” building with a unique “glassy tower.” There will be retail businesses on the ground level, nine stories of office space, 10 stories of residential space containing 274 units, seven levels of above-grade parking, and two levels of below-grade parking. Exceptional amenities will include a fitness center and a swimming pool on the roof with a lounge area/plaza.

The developers are Metropolitan Partnership and Madison Marquette, Donohoe Construction Company is the construction manager, architect Hord Coplan Macht, Inc. is the architect, and URS/AECOM is the lead designer.

The project has strong backing from various city leaders as well as the Downtown Partnership. They feel that the site’s development is a priority, even though it has been a challenge, and they are excited at the promising start that is finally going to happen.

Crews have demolished the St. Paul Telephone Exchange Building and the Southern Hotel to make room on this key downtown block for One Light Street. The Southern Hotel stood on its site until 2000 when it was demolished.

Other highlights are that the neighboring Thomas Building, a historic structure in the French Renaissance style, is owned by McDonald’s Corp., and has a restaurant on the ground floor. Cary Euwer, of Metropolitan, was the developer who led the conversion of the former historic Bank of America at 10 Light Street to over 400 apartments for the cost of $75 million.

There is “buzz” that M&T Bank and other businesses are seriously thinking of leasing space in the new tower.

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