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Remington Ave. plans detailed

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Showing further confidence in the strength of the Remington community, Seawall Development Corp. recently announced plans for redeveloping three additional blocks in the neighborhood.

On July 27, Seawall met with local residents to unveil renderings for three blocks of mixed-use space on Remington Avenue between 27th and 29th streets. The company envisions incorporating “neighborhood retail” (as opposed to “big box stores”) and studio space, apartments, offices and parking.

Seawall also distributed a list of stores and services residents had expressed interest in having when asked at previous meetings:

  • Day care center
  • Restaurants
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Health club
  • Climbing wall/gymnasium,
  • Art gallery
  • Bank
  • Incubator space for small businesses

According to a report in The Baltimore Sun, Morville said Seawall hopes to start construction on the $35 million project in June 2014 and complete all three blocks in June 2015. In the meantime, the company will conduct a traffic impact study.

Seawall is known for its adaptive reuse projects, redeveloping the old Union Mill in Hampden and the former U.S. Census building in Remington, now called Miller’s Court, as affordable housing for new teachers and nonprofit offices.

Details on the project

Under Seawall’s plan for Remington Ave., a number of underutilized and vacant properties in the 2700 block would be torn down to make way for a new apartment building , which also will incorporate retail space on the street level and a mix of underground and surface parking. According to Seawall representatives, Union Mill and Miller’s Court both have long waiting lists, which will help ensure that the Remington apartment building would fill a demand.

The Anderson Body Shop in the 2800 block would be preserved and renovated as 21,000 square feet of retail, plus parking.

In the 2900 block, two existing buildings would be redeveloped with 28,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. The Pizza Boli’s would be razed for additional parking.

Seawall noted that all the renderings are subject to change.

Seawall’s other efforts

In addition to Union Mill and Miller’s Court, Seawall has announced plans for the site of a former auto repair and tire shop on Howard Street. Once the renovations are complete, the site will become the home of Single Carrot Theatre, Young Audiences of Maryland and a restaurant/butcher shop by Spike Gjerde, best known for Woodberry Kitchen in Clipper Mill.

Seawall is also nearly done rehabbing a row of houses in the 2800 block of Remington Ave.