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A rendering of the building proposed as the first phase of the Remington Row development. (Courtesy of Hord Coplan Macht)

Remington Row project clears key vote

A major portion of the latest phase of Seawall Development Co.’s efforts to revitalize the once-struggling Remington neighborhood in Baltimore remains on pace to break ground later this year or early next year.

Phase I of the Remington Row project involves constructing a five-story, mixed-use building with 108 apartments, 15,000 square feet of retail space and 35,000 square feet of office space on the west side of the 2700 block of Remington Avenue. It’s the next step in Seawall Development’s investment in the community that began with the renovation of the Miller’s Court mixed-use project and also includes the redevelopment of a former tire shop into the home of Single Carrot Theatre and Spike Gjerde’s Parts & Labor restaurant and butcher shop.

The planned unit development bill, which the developer needs to build the project, passed a key vote on Monday when the Baltimore City Council approved the PUD on second reader. The council must pass the PUD a third time before the mayor can give final approval, but once a bill is moved onto third reader passage is generally a formality. The developer’s land-use proposal was also approved by the city last week.

“Our intent is to set Phase II to begin next year as well,” said Thibault Manekin, principal at Seawall Development.

That phase involves the redevelopment of a building on the west side of the 2800 block of Remington Avenue that is currently home to the Anderson Automotive Group’s body shop. In May, Seawall told a city panel the second phase of the project could have been more than decade away from starting because of the body shop’s 20-year lease on the property.

But earlier this month, Seawall agreed to purchase Anderson Automotive properties on West 25th Street, which were supposed to be developed as part of the failed, Wal-Mart-anchored 25th Street Station. As part of that deal, Bruce Mortimer, Anderson Automotive’s owner, agreed to relocate the body shop operations to the 25th Street properties so Seawall can push forward with the second phase of the Remington Row development. Phase II of the redevelopment includes a mix of retail and office space.

Seawall Development has told the community it will be years before it can start redeveloping the 25th Street properties because the company is focused on Remington Row.

Manekin said it’s still unclear when Seawall will begin Phase III of the development. That phase of construction involves renovating a building on the east side of the 2700 block of Remington Avenue that is currently occupied by 7-Eleven. The store’s owner has a 10-year lease on the property, and Seawall is working on an agreement with the convenience store’s owner to relocate. But Manekin said the redevelopment of that site, which will be used for retail, will not be as intensive as the other projects and described it as “more of a landscaping” project.

About Adam Bednar

Adam Bednar covers real estate and development for The Daily Record.