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Pepsi campus development update

A brief update regarding the Pepsi campus

  • The Himmelrich organization has hired a retail broker, KLNB, to help market the site to retailers. The marketing brochure is available on the KLNB website, and was briefly reviewed at the meeting, including looking at a site plan designed to show where retailers could go on the site and within certain buildings.
  • An anchor tenant has not yet been secured. The targeted anchor remains a grocer.
  • Harris Teeter was purchased by Kroger a few years ago and this has slowed expansion for that chain. Marketing continues with other major chains.
  • The City is actively marketing for and pursuing grocery development which could benefit the Pepsi campus.
  • Pepsi vacated December 2016 and the site is empty. Contrary to rumors mentioned by the community group officers, the Himmelrich organization is not currently entertaining short-term use or warehousing for the location.
  • The Himmelrich organization met with the City Planning Commission to review the concept plan and drawings that have been presented to the Hampden, Woodberry and Medfield community associations.
  • FEMA has approved the flood wall, resulting in a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR). The top of the flood wall is above the 100 year flood plain elevation, but approximately 2.5 feet of additional height (known as “freeboard”) will be along the northern portion of the wall. Once added, the CLOMR will become a FEMA-approved Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), effectively mapping the property out of the flood plain.
  • Sam Himmelrich confirmed that the current plan is for all current buildings to be leveled and cleared once an anchor is secured, and the revisions to the concept plan would begin to move forward.
  • No site work is planned until an anchor and retail tenants are secured.
  • A boutique hotel would need to be approved through the Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals (BMZA) as it is a conditional use within the I-MU designation.
  • At this time, no boutique hotel organizations have expressed interest in the site.
  • The community representatives again asked the Himmelrich organization to include a pedestrian/bike lane from the north of the property that would allow access to the Union Collective. This is viewed as a connectivity asset for the Mill Valley appeal and development.

2017 Mayor’s Fall Cleanup is coming soon!

The 2017 Mayor’s Fall Cleanup is Saturday October 28, 2017. Here are a few ways you can help:

Clean your property, your block or volunteer to pick up trash along Druid Park Dr.

  • Starting the Week Before – Saturday Oct.21.
  • We can deliver trash bags to your doorstep the 21st which allows time to work at your own schedule.
  • Either leave your bags for your regular trash pickup on Wednesday or on Saturday, Oct. 28 drop the filled bags at our Community Pick-Up Spot – Parkdale and Druid Park Drive (south side of tree)
    You must pre-register for early bags by Friday, Oct. 20th.
  • Contact: miketeravest@gmail.com

Volunteer on Clean up Day – Saturday October 28 at 9 am

Meet in Woodberry Park (the amphitheater) at 9am to tackle some beautification projects or to receive supplies to collect litter. WCA representatives will be in the park until 1pm. “Problem Spots” that would benefit from a dedicated volunteer effort: The Woodberry Sign, Rockrose Park, Rockrose Ave at the cable anchor, and the trees and vines on the north side of Girard.

Students, this is a great way to get community service hours! We can also help you apply for water bill credits that the city provides to Clean-Up Volunteers.

To register for Clean-up activities: miketeravest@gmail.com

Open Studio Tours in Woodberry this weekend!

Looking for something artistic to do this weekend? Check out School 33’s open studio tours. There are lots of open studios in Woodberry, as well as other areas in town. Check out the event here:
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DPW Investigating Severed Sewer Main in Clipper Mill

Investigation by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) found failing sanitary sewer pipes that had been constructed within a 5-foot diameter storm drain tunnel in the Clipper Mill area. Problems discovered late last week include a severed main sewer pipe, other disconnections and leaks, and debris within the storm system.

More than 10,000 gallons of sewage is estimated to have discharged to the Jones Falls since the discovery of the failing system. DPW engineers and maintenance workers are seeking immediate, short-term actions to abate the problem, including repairing and re-aligning the severed sewer main, cleaning the storm drain, and working with the property owner to repair portions of the private sewer system.

Long-term actions will include determining how to get the sanitary sewer line out of the storm drain.

The public is reminded to avoid contact with urban waterways due to the risk of pollution. For information about health concerns as a result of sewer overflows please go to http://health.baltimorecity.gov/sanitary-sewer-overflows-sso.

Community meeting 9/26/17 at 7 pm at WJZ

Greenspring Realty Partners has recently purchased the two large warehouses in the Union Ave complex behind the Light Rail. These buildings are behind the Schenuit Building. Currently those properties are designated I-2, which could accommodate industries using heavily pollutants. Greenspring Realty Partners is requesting that we support a change to I-MU (Industrial Mixed Use) which better supports the mix of tenants currently leased and several that are looking to lease, but also offer retail.

Unfortunately the Schenuit Rubber Tire warehouse remains unsold.

Please join us for this important Q & A session.

Thanks for a successful Woodberry Hangout!

We are still on cloud nine after yesterday’s magnificent turn out during the first annual Woodberry Hangout! We are so grateful that you came out, enjoyed the festivities and supported the WCA. This neighborhood is special because of you!

Thank you again to our sponsors who gave us legs to stand on, allowing us to throw this event. Gutierrez Studios, Preller Properties, Seawall Development, Sisson Street Auto Himmelrich Associates & Annonymous.

To our local business owners who donated AMAZING items for the raffle baskets- you are very generous! Those who had a table at the event took a gamble, not knowing what the turn out would be, and we appreciate that so much! A special shout out goes to the Baltimore Community Tool Library for existing and giving non profits an affordable option for event supplies!

We look forward to planning the 2018 Hangout and getting together again with everyone! In the meantime, stay tuned for updates from us and ways YOU can get more involved in what’s happening in Woodberry.