Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane's Here

So it's been raining all day, and the winds and gusts have increased as our friend Sandy makes her way into town. Baltimore Skyline headquarters in Hampden is stocked with non-perishable food, water, candles, and beer thanks to a last minute run to the Wine Source before they closed up for the night.

Now a "superstorm" as the system no longer was a "tropical" cyclone as it slammed into the winter storm system that was hovering over the upper midwest and Canada. Technically now Sandy is a "post-tropical cyclone", but whatever it still packs a nasty hurricane force punch. She made landfall in southern New Jersey and John Collins on WBAL is showing the eye of the storm passing to the north of Baltimore, in northeastern Maryland. Which means, more rain and more wind for the rest of the night.

It's odd to see downtown Baltimore so empty on a Monday morning, as I was picking up Baltimore Skyline Wife from work this morning at 6:30am, and then driving myself to a few short hours in the office at 8am, and finding few cars and even fewer pedestrians at the corner of Light and Baltimore Streets.
Baltimore has been pretty much shut down all day, with the city restricting traffic on the roads after 6pm to only emergency personnel and hospital employees, so now I would assume there is even much less activity now.

Expecting much of the same tomorrow; MTA, MARC, Amtrak all shut down tomorrow too, with the schools and all the local colleges/universities. Even the mighty Johns Hopkins University has closed for a second day. Roads are going to be restricted until noon tomorrow.

Forecasting for a hell-of-a-lot more rain for the rest of the night! Stay dry!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Adaptive-reuse for S. Calvert Street?

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/real-estate/wonk/bs-re-bdc-meeting-october-20121025,0,91946.story

I doubt they read this blog, but good news all around. PMC Property Group, which is working on new apartments at 521 St. Paul Street, and recently purchased 301 N Charles Street for an apartment conversion is in talks with the city to purchase 26-36 S Calvert Street. These properties were originally slated for demolition for the Cityscape Development. In fact some interior demolition began at the old USF&G Annex before the project was put on hold. Now PMC wants to add those buildings to its increasing list of adaptive-reuse projects to convert old office space to residential. I had posted about saving this building two years ago; looks like it may come true!If all goes well PMC could turn these properties on S. Calvert Street into 140 new residential units!