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North Charles Street Apartments set to open within the next month

The corner of North  Charles and Biddle streets has been buzzing with development energy lately.

Workers are putting the final touches on 29 new apartments in the building that used to house the famous and exclusive Danny’s restaurant (home of the “whales” aka, soft shell crabs). The entrance to Danny’s at the corner that had stood abandoned for about 20 years was demolished last month to make way for the redevelopment.

The 1201 North Charles Street Apartments are set to open within the next month. The complex will be managed by PMC Property Group in Towson and adds to the growing portfolio of rental space downtown. There will also be a parking garage and retail on street level.

Features include 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and upscale kitchens.

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Republic Noodle opened this week at 1121 S. Light St. in Federal Hill.

The all-natural, hormone free meats and poultry served with the noodle dishes at the Asian restaurant will bring a unique offering to the area near Cross Street Market, where many of Baltimore’s culinary delights are mashed together in one long corridor.

The building where Republic Noodle is located used to be a small carryout. It is just across the street from the combined store: House of Foam/Poptronics, a south Baltimore audio shop institution.

JBL Real Estate LLC brokered the deal.

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The city’s Planning Commission met Thursday and considered upcoming closings of streets in east Baltimore.

Set to shut down to all traffic this fall are “certain streets and alleys bounded by Ashland Avenue, Chester Street, Eager Street, and Patterson Park Avenue . . . specifically, the blocks to be closed include the 900 blocks of North Duncan, North Collington, and North Madeira streets, the 2100 block and a portion of the 2200 block of East Eager Street, plus multiple alleys in blocks 1588 and 1589,” the commission’s agenda said.

The streets will be closed so demolition of seven acres of rowhouses can commence as part of the beginning of construction of a $40 million East Baltimore Community School, a public school at the East Baltimore Development Inc. site.

Local demolition experts P&J Contracting will lead the effort.

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History abounds in Baltimore.

This month, consider helping celebrate the 131st birthday of the city’s most famous ink-stained wretch, Henry Louis Mencken.

While some may be attending a certain football game nearby at M&T Stadium, the real party will be held at The Mencken House on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The house is located in Union Square at 1524 Hollins St., where Mencken lived for 67 years before he died in 1952.  The residence is owned by the city, and was converted to a museum, which has since been closed because of budget constraints.

Nevertheless, birthday treats will be served there from noon to 3 p.m.

Mencken, of course, worked for The Evening Sun and was also an author and critic (for the most part of politicians).

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Up in Baltimore County’s lush Greenspring Valley, near Villa Pace, the elegant former stucco mansion of opera diva Rosa Ponselle, the “last living friend” of the opera singer will speak about her life in a presentation set for Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Elaine Reynolds Duke, Ponselle’s friend and president of the Rosa Ponselle Foundation, will speak at the Inscape Theatre at Stevenson University, located at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson. The event will mark the 30th anniversary of the singer’s death.

A film of Ponselle’s career and certain recordings will be presented.

Ponselle was 21 years old when she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in November 1918. She is considered one of the greatest sopranos of the century. Another diva, Maria Callas, called Rosa: “the greatest singer of us all.”

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TIDBITS: Popsations Popcorn Co., a gourmet popcorn shop, will open at 7 W. Aylesbury Rd. in Timonium. The 3,000-square-foot shop was leased by Merritt Properties LLC. . .Sept. 16 is “parking day” in Baltimore. No, that doesn’t mean free parking. Quite the opposite. The event is part of a national movement by artists and urban designers to transform metered parking spaces into public parks and “other social spaces.” Look for an intervention in Hampden on the Avenue at 832 W. 36th St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. where employees from Mahan Rykiel Associates, a local landscape architectural and urban design firm, will convert a metered parking place into a “pop-up, outdoor dog-friendly café.” . . . Transwestern this week was named as the leasing agent for 140,000-square-foot Diamond Point Plaza located in the 8000 block of Eastern Ave. The building has three storefronts.

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  1. Just wanted to throw out there that Floura Teeter Landscape Architects is also participating in PARK(ing) Day for the 3rd straight year. They are taking over 3 metered spots in front of their offices on Franklin Street and will have a “farm-to-table” theme showcasing food you can grow and featuring a demo from local sustainable caterer Patchwork Catering. Visit http://www.ftla.com for more info!