Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Downtown Partnership: Getting Things Done

If you attended our annual meeting, then you were there when we launched our new and improved website.  It’s the same address, GoDowntownBaltimore.com, but gives you better functionality, search features, and regularly updated news and information.

From this one site, you can access our exclusive economic development data, sign up for events, utilize members-only content, find out about all the latest Downtown projects and trends, or look through photos from recent Downtown Partnership events.  You can also link to one of our mico-sites to discover family activities, Downtown dining specials, and plan your daily commute.

While you’re on the site, be sure to check out our new, interactive map.  It’s the most complete online tool available if you want to locate Downtown office space, retail, housing, parking and transit, cultural attractions, hotels, and points of interest.  Use the key in the lower right hand corner to highlight whatever it is you want to find... a parking garage, for example.  Then scroll over the map to find the closest garage to where you need to go.  Click on the dot on the map, and you’ll be given information about the garage, its rates and hours, and even driving directions.  What could be easier?

Coming soon, the new GoDowntownBaltimore.com will feature content provided by bmore media.

Register Now! Sustainable Transportation: Why it’s good for Downtown


Transportation experts discuss the use and connection of sustainable methods of urban mobility such as biking, walking, car sharing, and public transportation like the circulator and water taxi.


With Downtown at the center of most transportation activity, we will also discuss how urban transportation impacts companies and their employees, the livelihoods and lifestyles of residents and the economic vibrancy of Downtown. In this context, the goal of the breakfast is to address the opportunities and challenges that will need to be tackled to help improve and connect Downtown’s sustainable transportation to further future growth.


Confirmed Speakers;

  • Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, Maryland Transportation Secretary

  • Dr. Gerrit Knaap, Director, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, Univ. of Maryland

  • Otis Rolley III, President and CEO, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance

  • Beth Strommen
    Director, Office of Sustainability, Baltimore City Department of Planning

Thursday, November 5

7:30 a.m. Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Program

Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore
20 West Baltimore Street


Members: Free; Non-members: $75
RSVP by 5 p.m., Monday, November 2


Click Here to Register


Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, Baltimore Business Journal, CityBizRealEstate

Historic Preservation: How it Affects the Deal

The historic nature of Baltimore ensures that most property owners and developers will encounter historic preservation regulations at some point. Join Downtown Partnership, developers, tax credit professionals, and government officials as we discuss historic preservation processes and regulations, advantages and challenges, and how it affects development.


  • Tom Stosur – Baltimore City Department of Planning

  • Donald Kann – Baltimore City Commission for Historic and Architectural Preservation

  • Sean MacCarthy – Accent Development

  • Tristan O'Connell – O'Connell and Associates

  • Phil Cornblatt – Reznick Group

  • Chukes Okoro – Okoro Development

  • Ed Hord – Hord Coplan Macht

Tuesday, November 10, 8-11 a.m.
Johns Hopkins University

Carey Business School
10 N. Charles St.

Cost: $35
RSVP by 5 p.m., Friday, November 6

2.5 AIA/CES (HSW) credits with attendance.

Click here to register today.


Sponsored by The Abell Foundation, Hord Coplan Macht, and Reznick Group.


The Ravens don’t play at home on November 16.  Neither do 3000 men, women, and children in Baltimore because they don’t have any home at all. 

Please join Downtown Partnership, The City of Baltimore, former Ravens star Mike McCrary, and special guests as we raise funds for “The Journey Home,” Mayor Dixon’s 10-year plan to end homelessness in Baltimore. 

The event will be Monday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. at Frank & Nic’s West End Grille, 511 W Pratt St.  Information on how to RSVP will be available soon at GoDowntownBaltimore.com.

The Baltimore Ravens away game will be on and so will all of us...on a mission to help the less fortunate in our community. Hope to see you there.



Ends this Month: Farmers Market in Hopkins Plaza

Don't miss
The Kaiser Permanente Friday Fresh Farmers' Market at Hopkins Plaza continuing this Friday. Located along the Baltimore Street side of Hopkins Plaza, the Farmers Market will be held every Friday through the end of October, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Downtown Development and Retail Updates

We compile the following information for the benefit of Downtown stakeholders and investors.  Any use or reprint of this information should be credited to Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.


Retail News


Now Open

Bagby Pizza Company is now open at 1006 Fleet Street in Harbor East.  The new restaurant features traditional and innovative gourmet pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches at a reasonable price. Dine-in, carry-out, and order online available.

Café Gourmet is now open at 801 W. Baltimore Street in the University of Maryland BioPark.  Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Café Gourmet offers a selection of breakfast items, sandwiches, paninis, burgers, soups, salads, and coffee, plus beer and wine.

Diablita, a new Mexican cantina, is now open at 1300 Bank Street in the space formerly occupied by Tsunami.  Both the fare and the drinks are inspired by Mexican traditions, but feature imaginative twists.

Esquire Pub is now open at the Quality Inn at 110 St. Paul Street.  The bar—which is available for private functions—offers light pub fare, and will feature live music.

mist is now open at 124 Market Place, in the former Iguana Cantina space.  The new club is currently operating Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., but will be open on Thursdays in the future. 

Coming Soon


Federales, the newest addition to the Federal Hill Restaurant Group which includes Ryleigh’s Oysters and Taverna Corvino, will open later this year at 1100 S. Charles Street.  This new restaurant and bar will focus on upscale, but reasonably priced Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere.


Mr. Rain’s Fun House will open in November at the American Visionary Arts Museum, at 800 Key Highway. From the owner’s of now-closed Sputnik Café, the new restaurant will feature American favorites with a quirky twist.


The Rowhouse Grille is coming soon to 1400 Light Street in Federal Hill. This two level bar will feature local beers and will be open in the coming month.


Water Street Tavern will open in the coming month at 102-104 Water Street. This multi-themed restaurant will offer a menu of sweet and savory crepes and New York deli-style sandwiches in its lower level, while its upper levels will feature bistro dishes and a full bar with rotating specials.


Development News


City Center

Bluestone Energy Services, a Massachusetts-based professional engineering and project development company, has opened its first Baltimore-area office at 400 E. Pratt Street.  The company focuses on lighting, heating, cooling, and data center energy efficiency.


The University of Maryland Medical Center is expanding its Shock Trauma center.  The $160 million building will add 64 new intensive care unit beds and 10 operating rooms.  Construction is slated to being in Spring 2010 after a general contractor is selected, and will be completed in 2013.


Landex Development LLC is planning to build a $40 million, 200-unit luxury apartment building with a glass façade, balconies, and secured underground parking.    Landex has signed a contract with Turner Development to purchase an acre of land in the Westport development.  Construction is slated to begin in the last quarter of 2010.

Locust Point

General Ship Repair Corp. has been awarded $2.4 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Small Shipyard Grant program for the construction of a new $3.2 million dry dock.  The new dock will double the company’s capacity for tugboat work.

Fells Point

An agreement has been reached to move Moran Towing from Recreation Pier to South Clinton Street in Canton, clearing the way for the sale of the pier to developer J. Joseph Clarke, who has plans to redevelop the pier into a $50 million, 132-room Aloft hotel and restaurant.


Citing market changes, The Station at Fells Point recently received approval from the Board of Estimates to change its development plans from 30 condos and 6,500 square feet of retail to 33 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail.


Member News




The Baltimore Development Corporation is seeking to expand the City’s enterprise zones to include the area bounded by Baltimore, Lombard, Paca, and President Streets.  Enterprise zones offer a 10-year credit on local and property taxes and a one-time credit for each new job created.


The University of Maryland, Baltimore has received millions of dollars in biomedical research grants from the National Institutes of Health under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to study issues like cancer, genetic diseases, and bioethics.

Hord Coplan Macht has been awarded two Community Development Awards of Excellence from the Land Development Council of the Home Buildings Association of Maryland for their work on The Greens at Roland Road in Baltimore County and Chapel Greens in Baltimore City.

Urban Land Institute held its first annual Wavemakers award ceremony and honored a number of new and innovative developments, including Turner Development’s Silo Point, H&S Properties’ Legg Mason building, and A&R Development’s Fairfield Inn.


The Baltimore Women's Film Festival is taking place October 23-25 at Landmark's Theatre (645 President St) in Harbor East. The festival screens shorts, features, documentaries, animations and music videos created by women. Many filmmakers will be in town to discuss their work during the festival. Tickets are $10 for screenings (1/2 of the ticket price is donated to support breast cancer patients at Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Center). More information, tickets and schedule is at www.bwfilmfestival.com. Parking is only $3 for the first 5 hours with a ticket from the building's garage on Exeter Street, across from Whole Foods- tickets must be validated by Landmark's concierge to receive the discount.

SPECIAL PROMOTION- Downtown Partnership members will receive half price tickets to the Friday, October 23 screening of the film Not Dead Yet at 6 p.m.! Tickets are only $5 for members. Just mention at the box office that you are a member to receive the discount.


Unveiling and dedication of William Donald Schaefer sculpture takes place Monday, November 2, 1 p.m. at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor West Shore. On the 88th birthday of Governor William Donald Schaefer, the City of Baltimore will officially unveil a sculpture to honor the former Maryland Governor, Maryland Comptroller, Baltimore City Mayor and Baltimore City Council member. Governor Martin O’Malley, Mayor Sheila Dixon, the Baltimore City College High School Marching Band and the Morgan State University Choir are scheduled to take part in the ceremony.


Join the National Aquarium in celebrating sustainable seafood choices at the Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dining Series, a unique fine-dining experience. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and savor gourmet cuisine from Baltimore’s finest chefs, who are creating menus exclusively for Fresh Thoughts. Next event is November 3, featuring Chef John Shields of Gertrude’s. Learn more at aqua.org/freshthoughts.


Let’s Eat! Charles Street features a taste of Charles Street restaurants. Enjoy food, live music and belly-dancing on November 7, noon to 6 p.m., Read Street, between Charles and Cathedral Streets. Bring the entire family and spend an afternoon indulging in delicious food, revitalizing drinks, live music and belly-dancing.  Participating vendors include Marie Louise, Sascha’s, Mick O’Shea’s, Lumbini, Cazbar, Maisy’s, Spirits, Howard’s of Mount Vernon, Joss Café and Sushi Bar, and The Helmand. Free- food and beverage prices may vary. For more information contact Michele Coiron at 410.332.4144 or michele@charlesstreet.net.


IND Open House Saturday, November 7, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Discover the Institute of Notre Dame at our annual Open House! IND is an independent girls Catholic high school, proudly carrying on the School Sisters of Notre Dame tradition in the heart of Baltimore City since 1847. Meet students, faculty and parents to learn more about how IND develops women leaders and lifelong learners. Find out how our 1:1 Student-Tablet PC Program enhances learning across the curriculum. Bus transportation and tuition assistance are available. For more information about IND, call 410.522.7800 or visit www.indofmd.org.


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has announced the cancellation of Baltimore’s Thanksgiving Parade due to declining attendance. New this year, Harborplace & The Gallery presents the inaugural Santa House Lighting on Saturday, November 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Enjoy the harmonious sounds of The Heart of Maryland Chorus and the Harborplace & The Gallery Street Performers. Santa’s elves will be sharing the holiday spirit by giving out jingle bells. Jolly Old St. Nick arrives in style in a festively decorated tug boat, led by the brass ensemble from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore School for the Arts’ spectacular troupe of “Tap Dancing Santas.” Mayor Sheila Dixon will be accompanied by Santa to commemorate the official start of the holiday season by lighting the Santa House.


Quintessential Gentleman is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a happy hour at the B&O American Brasserie on Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 pm.


On Monday, November 2 at 1 pm, the City of Baltimore will unveil a new sculpture at the Inner Harbor’s West Shore Park to honor former Maryland Governor, Maryland Comptroller, Baltimore City Mayor and Baltimore City Council member William Donald Schaefer.


GetAroundDowntown.com News


Water Street has been converted to a two-way street from South Street to Market Place.  Formerly one-way between Commerce and Gay Streets, Downtown drivers now have a little more flexibility in navigating traffic in the area.

For information about Downtown Baltimore: www.GoDowntownBaltimore.com




                For traffic information: www.GetAroundDowntown.com




          For family fun: www.KidsLoveDowntownBaltimore.com



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