Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects have released their vision for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of 20 properties on a 2.5 acre parcel of land that was to be developed as in downtown Baltimore’s West Side.
The concept redevelopment calls for the preservation of 15 historic structures and facades on Park Avenue, Howard and Franklin streets, according to a news release. Baltimore Development Corp. hired the architecture firm last year to re-imagine development on the site that has long retarded efforts to try and breathe new life into that portion of the city.
The Murphy & Dittenhafer plan proposes a vibrant mixed-use redevelopment for the entire block that is residentially based, accommodating over 200 new residential units at upper floor levels, over 20 new retail/office/commercial locations at street level, a major new commercial designation within the tall volume lower-level substation spaces, and possibilities for multilevel structured parking at two locations internal to the block and not visible from perimeter streets, with landscaped green roof courtyards above. New mid-block pedestrian connections from Howard Street and Park Avenue are proposed as part of the transformation of this one-block section of Tyson Street from a narrow, nondescript paved roadway to a pedestrian-friendly space celebrating the alley-like culture of the block and the adaptive reuse of the dynamic substation structure.
The architecture firm said it expects the Baltimore Development Corp. to release a Request for Proposals from possible developers during the first half of this year.