GBC’s Donald Fry to serve on “superblock” advisory panel

The Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry has been appointed to serve on the Baltimore Development Corporation’s Superblock advisory panel. The panel will evaluate Superblock proposals and make recommendations.

The superblock includes a five-block area bordered by Fayette, Howard, Lexington, Liberty and Clay streets and Park Avenue.

The BDC began seeking proposals for four Superblock development sites in February. The sites are within three lots between Seton Hill and Mount Vernon on the 400 and 500 blocks of North Howard Street and the 300 block of West Franklin Street. Eight proposals are:

Site A – Disposition Lot #12 – 400 & 402 N. Howard Street
Howard Lofts #1 – French Development Company, Inc. (Jim French) – Baltimore, MD: This project includes the renovation of contiguous buildings at 400 and 402 North Howard Street into two ground level retail stores and two studio apartments in the rear and on the upper floors.

P& D Realty, LLC (Mitesh Dave and Pravin Ponnuri) – Ellicott City, MD: This company is proposing to redevelop the properties into 16 rental apartment units with two ground level retail stores.

Site B – Disposition Lot #12 – 408-410, 412, 414, 416 N. Howard Street
Howard Lofts #2 – French Development Company, Inc. (Jim French) – Baltimore, MD: The developer would renovate the five contiguous buildings into four ground level retail stores, 14 studio apartments, and on-site parking.

The Mayfair Development Group, LLC (Sean MacCarthy) – Potomac, MD: This proposal envisions a mixed-use project consisting of 11,400 square feet of ground floor retail space, 27 market rate rental apartments on the upper floors and on-site parking in the rear.

Site C – Disposition Lot #7 – 300 -304 W. Franklin Street including 502-504 N. Howard Street
The District @ Howard Street – Capital Venture Group, LLC (Michael Hunter) – Baltimore, MD: These properties would be redeveloped into a mixed-use project containing ground level retail and two entertainment levels above as part of a five-block live/work/play entertainment district.

The Mayfair Development Group, LLC (Sean MacCarthy) – Potomac, MD: With this proposal the properties would be redeveloped to include approximately 4,000 square feet of ground level retail space and 10 market rate rental apartments on the upper floors.

Site D – Disposition Lot # 6 – 506 N. Howard Street
The Mayfair Development Group, LLC (Sean MacCarthy) – Potomac, MD: This property would be redeveloped to accommodate a mix of uses including 54 parking spaces on two levels below-ground, 19,000 square feet of ground floor entertainment retail, and 26 market rate rental apartments on the upper floors

The Sleep Inn at 506 N. Howard Street – Pioneer Contracting Company (B.B. Patel) – Odenton, MD: This company would convert the former Mayfair Theater building into a 64-room sleep inn hotel.

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