Retail construction begins at Canton Crossing

In less than a year, developers of Canton Crossing say they hope to officially open the new shopping center with a Harris Teeter grocery and Target store on the city’s glittering southeastern waterfront.

Construction recently began at the 31-acre site, said Neil Tucker, a principal with the Chesapeake Real Estate Group, a member of the development team along with BCP Investors LLC.

Canton Crossing is located at Conkling and Boston streets, directly across the street from a small strip mall anchored by Panera Bread in stylish Canton.

Tucker says the first phase of the development will hold 322,000 square feet, and the goal is hold a grand opening on Oct. 8, 2013.

“We are under construction now, moving dirt and putting gin utilities and storm water management,” Tucker said. “We hope to start building on Dec. 1.”

A total of 30 stores and restaurants are planned for the Crossing, a development once envisioned by former 1st Mariner Bancorp President and CEO Edwin F. Hale Sr., who sold the property amid the bank’s wobbly financial times.

The handoff to new owners, though, has not put a damper on the enthusiasm for expanded retail in the area, located a mile from Interstate 95 and around the corner from the city’s Greektown and new housing developments under construction there.

“The response from the retail and community has been excellent,” Tucker said. “It really does fill a void in the community.”

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This week, Remington Neighborhood Alliance officials asked the city to purchase two former warehouse properties in their community to “protect, support and enhance” a long-range plan for a new kindergarten through 8th grade neighborhood school.

The properties have been part of a proposed site for a gas station and convenience store and the future school site is on city-owned land at 29th Street and Remington Avenue.

Community activists made the request in a letter sent to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

“Several years ago, our residents chose the NE corner of the intersection of Remington Avenue and West 29th Street as the site of our first-ever neighborhood public school,” the letter from Alliance President Joan Floyd said. “We respectfully ask that these [warehouse] properties be purchased by the City, thus securing them for public use in order to protect, support and enhance our community’s long-range plan for a neighborhood school facility.”

The Remington community is making noises for the properties, Floyd said, amid other proposed changes including the stalled 25th Street Station project that would bring a Walmart to the city’s north-central corridor at the site of the former Anderson car dealership near the corner of 25th and Howard streets.

The status of that project is uncertain, city officials and activists have said recently.

Last October, Lowes backed out of a plan to build a store there as a second anchor to the project.

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The open-kitchen design of Stone’s Cove Kitbar will soon be coming to Boulevard College Center in Owings Mills near the new campus of Stevenson University.

The Northern Virginia-based eatery will hold a combo kitchen/bar with a “fork-meets-cork” philosophy and is expected to open early next year. The owners recently signed a lease with Boulevard Realty Investors LLC for the 4,000-square-foot restaurant space that will be managed by David S. Brown Enterprises LTD.

Stone’s Cove Kitbar was founded by entrepreneur B.J. Stone, who dreamed up his own titles for the place. The small-plate menu items that he calls “appetapas” are served with mixed drinks, beer and wine by “cheftenders,” who are urged to mingle and converse with their customers as part of the dining experience.

“In the conception of this KitBar, we studied and researched the unique ways people interact at parties and social gatherings and incorporated these findings directly into many of the design and philosophical decisions made when creating Stone’s Cove,” said Stone. “This begins with the premise that the centerpiece of most home gatherings is the kitchen area, where invited guests tend to interact with the party’s hosts during the preparation of the food. People are intrigued by this process, are drawn to it, and the food becomes a common interest and conversation starter.”

Some of the appetapas include lobster cones, chicken salad lettuce wraps, filet of beef sliders and mini-crab cakes. Stone’s Cove will also serve its own “edibations,” or porcelain appetizer spoons filled with “a small nibble of spirit-based sauce.”

Other menu consists of entrées such as seared flat iron steak, chicken kabobs and tequila-glazed tilapia while salads include cove cobb and Greek.

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St. John Properties Inc. recently broke ground on a 44-acre mixed-use business community near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport that is expected to attract 1,500 workers.

The BWI Technology Park II will be a mixed-use business community designed to support about 270,000 square feet of office, flex and retail space. The site was formerly a junk yard loaded with 45,000 wrecked and rusted cars and trucks and discarded tires. It was reclaimed over the past three years.

The park will be the St. John’s 100th commercial and retail project in Anne Arundel County.

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TIDBITS: Champion Realty recently hired former United Airlines sales and marketing executive Charles Windsor as a Realtor. Windsor has 15 years of real estate experience and has been a residential expert since 1997. … Colliers International in Baltimore recently brokered the $3 million sale of the Ruxton Township Apartments at 1600 Ruxton Rd. to Ruxton Place LLC, which plans to renovate the 24 two-story townhomes on nearly 2 acres and change the name to Ruxton Place. Colliers also inked a deal to sell the Keyway Apartments at 123 Willow Spring Road and 113 and 122 Kinship Road in Dundalk for $2.5 million to New York investor Keyway Management LLC. Keyway also plans to renovate. … Happy 20th birthday to South Moon Under. The hip and chic clothing shop hosted a party at its Towson store in the Kenilworth shopping center Thursday. … This weekend, the White Marsh Mall will reach out to local schools including Joppa View Elementary, Fullerton Elementary and Carney Elementary to help raise funds for the schools in a charitable partnership with DonorsChoose.org, a web-based fundraising tool for nonprofits. The fun kicks off on Saturday with a performance by the Perry Hall Recreation Council Gators cheerleaders.

 

 

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