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December 8, 2009

Some good development news

parkway theatreOver the years, I haven't hesitated to point out neighborhood eyesores like the Parkway Theatre (pictured) and all the boarded-up shops along Broadway in Fells Point.

In the past several days, a bunch of good development-related news has been announced.

Today, the Baltimore Development Corp. announced its choice of developers to renovate the Parkway Theatre, according to this piece by Ed Gunts.

Under a plan by Seawall Development Company and Cormony Development, the theater and a couple nearby buildings will be transformed into a bar, museum and performing arts space.

This is exciting stuff, and will be pivotal for the growth of the neighborhood. But wait, there's more ...

As for those boarded-up shops? Thanks to a bunch of federal stimulus money, all the vacant storefronts flanking the Broadway Market could be turned into 160 apartments, shops and parking. (The whole project is called the Marketplace at Fells Point.) You can read all about it in this piece by Sun reporter Lorraine Mirabella.

I can't wait to see how Fells Point looks this time next year, if all goes as planned. 

(Baltimore Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:56 AM | | Comments (2)
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Wow! It's about time somebody did something with that place! Really going to be great for the neighborhood.

Not quite as excited about the Fells news, because my assumption is the apartments will be way over-priced. The article didn't say anything about affordable housing going in there....

Thats great news Sam, thanks for sharing ..

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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