The city’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel approved plans Thursday for a new pavilion being built as part of a proposed $10 million park in the East Baltimore Development Inc. urban renewal project.
The development of the park is expected to start later this year, and the pavilion is planned to open in 2015, said Scott Levitan, senior vice president and development director at Forest City Science and Technology Group.
The pavilion will be built out of painted steel with a roof made from Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, referred to as EFTE. It’s a plastic product – architects compared it to Mylar or Teflon – that will provide 40 percent transparency.
The pavilion, which will be 35 feet wide and 20 feet high at some points, will also have paint that is graffiti resistant.
Members of the panel praised the design, saying that it will almost function as a piece of sculpture in the park. But they also expressed concern about using EFTE because the material has previously yellowed over time after being exposed to the elements.
It’s hoped that the pavilion will provide a space to be used for classes, performance and even a farmers market.