Baltimore’s inner harbor could be looking at a new addition. Plans for the Harbor Point development—to be located between Harbor East and Fells Point, as the name suggests—were approved Thursday by Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architecture Review panel, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Exelon, an energy provider that delivers electricity and natural gas to companies including BGE, plans to make its headquarters at the Harbor Point development, at the former site of the Allied Signal chromium plant.
Designed by Baltimore-based architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross, the proposed 27-acre development includes office and retail space, restaurants, and hotels. Plans show a cultural use building at the entrance to the inner harbor and an eight-acre park marked at its entrance by Thames Street and continuing Harbor East’s existing waterfront promenade.
Designs for a bridge to extend South Central Avenue across the canal that separates Harbor East from Harbor Point are in the works, but plans have yet to be released by the Department of Transportation.
The approval by the Urban Design and Architecture Review panel clears the way for the plan’s consideration by City Council.
While we like this idea—sounds like an extension of Harbor East—we hope the ritzy new development doesn’t overshadow the old-fashioned charm of its neighbor, historic Fells Point. —This post was written by summer editorial intern Rebecca Kirkman
[Artist imagining of aerial view of Harbor Point, Rendering by BHC Architects]