The Canton Crossing and the Shops at Canton Crossing developments were never popular with Baltimore’s architecture review panel.
But when the panel got its first glance at a 350-unit apartment building, Canton Crossing’s first residential building, they didn’t pull any punches about the Poole-and-Poole-designed building being developed by Pollack Shores Real Estate Group.
Panelist Gary Bowden criticized the project for what he said was a failure to take advantage of the opportunities presented on the site.
“It’s a disappointing solution to the potential of this area,” Bowden said.
Planning Director Thomas Stosur, who also serves on the panel, usually curbs his criticism by acknowledging that he’s not an architect, but on Thursday he expressed his disappointment without the usual qualifier.
“Personally I would like to see something higher and denser here,” Stosur said.
Panelist Rich Burns was the most vocal of the project questioning its viability as presently designed.
“Overall I’m really troubled by this project and what you’re proposing,” Burns said.