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Wellness retail planned for former Highlandtown teen center


Brocar Properties has signed its first tenant in the renovated SEYA building in Highlandtown. (Submitted photo)

A wellness center in Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood is set to open shop next month in a property previously used as a teen center.

The SEYA CrossFit and Wellness Center has leased roughly 5,000 square feet of space at 3301 Eastern Ave. and will offer a variety of services, including hydrotherapy and acupuncture.

“We consider Highlandtown the up and coming area of Baltimore City and wanted to help lead this effort, rather than opening a location in a more established area where we would be a follower,” Mimi Washington, co-owner of SEYA CrossFit and Wellness Center, said in a statement.

The center, which will also take space at 3311 Eastern Ave. for the CrossFit gym, will provide services such as cryotherapy, massage and acupuncture. The wellness center will employ 15 people.

The three-story, 12,000-square-foot building at 3301 Eastern Ave. previously housed the South East Youth Academy community center, hence the property being dubbed the SEYA Building. The building was previously deteriorating, according to property records, and it had steeply declined in value after selling for $2.2 million in 1998.

Brocar Properties purchased the building for $216,000 last April from Schultz Development Co. The Clinton-based commercial and residential investment firm invested $500,000 to overhaul the building, including a façade renovation, the addition of a second-floor porch area and new HVAC.

“Eastern Avenue reminds us of the H Street Corridor in Washington, D.C., with the presence of prime retail and major development projects within close proximity, and we were looking for an ownership opportunity to invest in,” Ashref Elshazli, co-owner of Brocar Properties, said in a statement.

Herbert Burgunder III of PK Law represented Brocar in the building acquisition, and Washington-based Magnum Builders served as the prime contractor and Itiel Construction served as the project’s general contractor.

Brocar initially focused on residential projects but investments now include commercial properties as well, including the purchase of 3300 Keswick Ave. in the city’s Hampden neighborhood. The firm also attempted to purchase the former Haussner’s building on Eastern Avenue, which Garver Development Group eventually acquired, demolished and built apartments on the site.

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