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Remington Row

According to an article from Pro Builder, 5 key elements of successful mixed-use developments are:

  • Housing that fills an unmet or underserved need
  • The right type of commercial tenants
  • Quality finishes and building amenities
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Architecture that respects the heritage of the neighborhood

The recently opened Remington Row development is a new mixed use community that includes 104 apartments, retail and office space, and a community health center, and demonstrates each of these key elements of success.

The first major new development in Baltimore’s resurging  Remington neighborhood, this project provides much needed rental housing designed to appeal to millennials, creatives, immigrants to the neighborhood and seasoned residents alike. Part of the Jones Falls mill district corridor, it occupies a key location near Charles Village and Johns Hopkins University, Druid Hill Park, Penn Station, and I-83.

This project is part of a three-block planned unit development (PUD) which includes R House – a food hall/incubator and another parcel slated for future development, currently a 7-11, to be developed as small local retail and community gathering space.

Floura Teeter’s work included design of the surrounding streetscape and a second-level amenity courtyard featuring an outdoor kitchen, lounge space, trellis, and small lawn area. Each area presents opportunities for residents to relax and socialize while providing a landscape buffer from adjacent office functions. The design celebrates the distinctive identity of the neighborhood while providing opportunities for  spontaneous community activities and for programmed events.

Project Category:
Baltimore, MD
Seawall Development Company
Hord Coplan Macht
Southway Builders

Before the development was conceived, the Seawall Development Company spent eight years getting to know the residents of Remington. The hallmark of Seawall’s mission is to deeply engage the community and to respond to community needs. The mix of the retail on the site was largely driven by the desires expressed by the community.

The neighbors requested community-based businesses. As a result, tenants include Rite Aid, Balance the Salon, Mend Acupuncture and Remington Cleaners – all businesses which serve local needs. In addition, the office suite is leased to the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. The Physicians suite generates a significant number of visitors, further enlivening the street and supporting the retail tenants.

The generous width of the sidewalk allowed the creation of a pedestrian corridor which enhances the environmental quality of the neighborhood and encourages community socializing. Following the industrial theme, the streetscape design features custom gabion benches incorporated into large planters with trees and native plants. The gabion benches and hardscape incorporate dark Remington stone to reference the historic quarry. Salvaged wood is incorporated throughout the streetscape. The planters collect and treat stormwater runoff from the sidewalk as they provide habitat for pollinators and birds.

A courtyard on the second level is surrounded by medical offices and amenity space for the apartments. Built on the structure of the parking garage, the courtyard provides a small lawn panel, a trellis constructed of salvaged wood, several unique gathering spaces and outdoor grills. The surrounding offices as well as the apartments enjoy views into the green space of the courtyard, providing respite from the city landscape.

Remington’s design facilitates multi-modal living by providing numerous resources for bicyclists. Generous numbers of bike racks and indoor bike storage encourage non-motorized travel for both residents, tenants and visitors. The newly dedicated Maryland Avenue Cycle Track is only two blocks away connecting Remington with the rest of the City by a dedicated two-way bike lane.

In addition, the Purple Line of the popular and free Charm City Circulator runs north/south on Charles Street which is three blocks from Remington Row. Several MTA bus lines also run nearby, making Remington very accessible via several modes of transportation.

The architecture reflects the industrial heritage of the area by mimicking an old warehouse. Remington was originally the site of a stone quarry which provided distinctive dark stone which can be found in many of the local buildings. Both the building and the landscape honor this heritage through the use of dark stone materials in the paving and the building. Benches constructed of large stone in gabion baskets. Salvaged wood is used on the building, in the benches and in the courtyard.

Remington Row was recently honored by ULI Baltimore District with a 2016 WaveMaker Award.

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