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Locust Point Harris Teeter’s opening a few months away

Harris Teeter’s name towers above Key Highway in Locust Point, but it will be four more months before the upscale grocery opens its doors there.

The store – and adjacent wine shop – is part of the McHenry Row complex now under construction on the city’s southern peninsula. That project adds to the $250 million mixed use development by Mark Sapperstein, a Pikesville builder.

McHenry Row – located near Hull Street and Fort Avenue just before historic Ft. McHenry – will feature 250 apartments to be managed by the Bozzuto Co. Expected to open later this year, these digs will attract a new type of tenant to the once working class area of Baltimore’s waterfront, still a shot-and-a-beer community for many with a lot of corner bars.

Many of the new So-Bo residents will work at the nearby Under Armour complex at Tide Point, now in the process of a mega expansion, observers predict.

Which brings us back to Harris Teeter.

The supermarket – another in a group of new groceries in the metro area – will no doubt add to the growing a luster of chic at the Point as organic veggies, prepared foods and freshly baked goods move into a renovated lot at the once- aging industrial center known as Chesapeake Paperboard.

An office building is also under renovation and other retailers are being lined up to follow.

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The St. Charles Companies is offering a chance to win a restored 1966 Ford Mustang just for visiting one of the four Charles County model homes by Lennar, Ryan and Richmond American between Aug. 20 and Sept. 2.

The awesome ride – a green ‘stang convertible packing a 289 cubic inch V-8 engine, automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering and a forest green power convertible top – will be on display starting this weekend. Visitors will receive other gifts, like a 1966 Ford Mustang keychain, a St. Charles recreation package including a free round of golf at White Plains Golf Course (with the purchase of a greens fee) and a discount coupon to Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza restaurant.

Is it Christmas?

Developers at St. Charles say the Mustang promotion is being held in conjunction with the Baileys Crossroads Rotary Club and the 2011 MCA Grand National Ford Mustang show at Regency Furniture Stadium, to be held on Sept. 2-4. More information is available here.

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Broad Street, a commercial real estate services firm, recently completed a lease of the 1,886 square feet Kolmac Clinic at 3919 National Drive in Burtonsville, and the lease of 1,665-square foot building at 4915 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda to Sachs, Figurelli LLC.

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Want to support the Poe House?

Fans of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore are raising funds to save this historic landmark on the city’s West Side.

With city budget cuts hacking away at operating expenses, the Poe House is facing a crisis much like that of its real-life namesake. The museum operators for more than three decades, the city’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), must find a way to make the facility become self-sufficient or close the doors, nevermore to display the famous poet and author’s goods.

Now comes a new plan to help.

The artist “Gaia” is offering a special edition of 100 signed prints of his work, THE RAVEN (FOREVERMORE), 2011, for sale to benefit the Poe House and Museum. All proceeds from the sale of the $435 print will go directly to the Poe House and Museum.

Donations are also being accepted by CHAP – an arm of the city’s Planning Department located near City Hall – and the city is now working up a new plan to breathe new life into the museum.

For information, contact Jeff Jerome, the curator of the museum, through the Planning Department.

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TIDBITS:  The upscale Cross Keys Shopping Center in north Baltimore is up for sale. General Growth Properties listed the ultra-modern center on Falls Road that boasts tenants such as Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa and Salon, Talbots, Chicos and Ruth Shaw last week. Legendary developer James Rouse built Cross Keys in the early 1960s. GGP bought it in 2004. The listing was first reported in The Baltimore Business Journal. . . Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has consolidated two community planning and support functions under one director, combining the resources of the former Office of Community Conservation with the Office of Planning – under the new name of the Department of Planning. Under the leadership of Planning Director Andrea Van Arsdale, two deputies will head up a new management structure – Liz Glenn, formerly chief of community planning and development and Jeff Mayhew, a 21-year Planning Office veteran who has been promoted to deputy director of community development. . . Head to Whole Foods in Mt. Washington on Aug. 24 – the store will donate 5 percent of its net sales to The Community School, an academic and mentoring program in Remington that focuses on troubled teens.