Union Brewery presenting expansion news to WCA

Mark you calendar for a community meeting

Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
7:00 PM WJZ Conference Room

Guest presentation will be Union Brewing who will be sharing their expansion news.

Woodberry Community Association
Sheri Higgins, VP
Katie Schroder, Secr
Tracey Brown, Treas/Social Media

Zoning changes coming to Baltimore

Big changes are coming to Baltimore’s zoning code.  This may seem like a dry topic, but it affects land use.   Learn more about the various changes, like TOD (Transit Oriented Development), IMU (Industrial Mixed Use), as they will affect future developments in our area.

Transform Baltimore is the City’s webpage for the new zoning code.  To quickly get to one page summaries, click here and look for one-page topic summaries.  You will quickly notice that all of the zoning has numbers.  Lower numbers mean less dense, higher numbers allow for higher buildings and more density.  Zoning affects how a property can be used, and whether a property can be used for industrial purposes or for a home.

Major changes are in store for the Hampden Shuttle bus route!

Major changes are in store for the Hampden Shuttle bus route!

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30pm
WJZ Conference room, 3725 Malden Ave, Baltimore, MD  21211

Woodberry Community Association is holding a meeting specifically about changes to the Hampden Shuttle bus route and it’s impact on Woodberry. MTA plans on replacing the Hampden Shuttle with a full service route running more frequently.   Please share this with your neighbors, especially if you live on the lower part of Druid Park Drive, Clipper Road and/or the Millrace Condos.  It will be vital that we have a strong turnout if we hope to alter this proposal.

Current route- 98 Hampden Shuttle

– Bus runs every 40 minutes

– Route runs along 41st St, the lower portion of the 2000 block of Druid Park Drive, and the 3500 block of Clipper Rd in Woodberry.

– Bus runs from 5:45 am to 10:00 pm daily

Proposed route- LocalLink 22

– The 98 Hampden Shuttle will be eliminated.

– LocalLink 22 route will replace the Hampden Shuttle route in Woodberry

– The new full service route will run between Woodberry and Canton, travelling through Hampden and Remington.

– The route will remain the same in Woodberry.

– The bus will run on weekdays between 5am to 1 am, and weekends between 7 am to 11 pm

– Bus will run every 30 minutes on weekends, and every 15-30 minutes during the week, depending on the time of day.

– The current Local 22 bus is being renamed LocalLink 24

Schenuit tire redevelopment

Schenuit Rubber planned for redevelopment

Redevelopment is in the air, and we want your input.  Please read below and email us with your thoughts.  The Woodberry Community Association board met with the new owners of the Schenuit Tire building and the industrial buildings to the north of that same property known as the Clipper Mill Industrial Park at 1770 Union Ave. The property is located between the Jones Falls and the Light Rail tracks near Clipper Rd and 41st Street. Patrick Creaney and Conor Creaney of Remington Properties purchased the four buildings prior to the scheduled public auction.   Remington Properties also owns the Mill Centre in Hampden, and the distressed 401 & 403 E Oliver Street buildings in Station North.  Prior to partnering with his son Conor, Patrick was a principal at Creaney & Smith Group with over $500 million in commercial transactions to their credit.

At this time Remington Properties will maintain the three leased buildings as Industrial and are looking for feedback for the burnt Schenuit building.

Below are the preliminary basics from the conversation:

  • Remington Properties would be interested in community support to have the Schenuit building re-zoned from I-2 to an I-MU designation.  As the WCA recently polled the community requesting their thoughts for this very same designation, we indicated general consensus was positive for I-MU. As to questions of soil contamination, size, usage, traffic patterns, etc. those have yet to be developed.
  • The Schenuit building is in a flood plain. Active uses other than parking will need to be above flood level. A floodwall will not be required.
  • Any future use of the building and the industrial park in general, will require widening the roadbed. This would be done by removing a small building attached to the Schenuit warehouse.
  • A structural analysis has not been ordered yet.  However, the history of the building indicates an original wood building that was gradually encapsulated within brick buildings/walls.  It is the original interior wood that was burnt with the brick exterior now remaining.
  • There are NO plans or concepts at this point- this was strictly an information-gathering meet and greet.  Concept drawings from the previous owners were shared, showing a mixed-use building.
  • If the community will support an I-MU designation and the City approves, the Creaney’s will begin the process of planning and make a presentation to the community late May/June.

Remington Properties has confirmed their vision for the Schenuit warehouse redevelopment, “ I think your take on the proposed developed is correct, but we are not sure at this point whether some residences other than perhaps live / work may be in the final mix.  But, we do not see a fully residential development nor a shopping complex.”

What are I-2 and I-MU?
I-2 (General Industrial) I-MU (Industrial Mixed Use)
Uses include a wide variety of general manufacturing, fabricating, processing, distributing, and warehouse use

 

I-2 can include anything as big as large warehouses with 18-wheel trucks or smaller businesses, such as the two sign companies using box trucks, cargo vans, and heavy-duty trucks

 

Retail isn’t allowed without a variance

 

This designation is suited for businesses like the sign company, furniture manufacture, and other low intensity light industrial uses

 

I-MU can also have non-industrial uses such as residential, live/work studios, and retail or commercial use

 

Technically, a campus as active as the remodeled Rotunda would qualify within this designation also

Bus route changes

Bus route changes for Woodberry

Bus route changes are coming to Woodberry.  The Governor recently announced changes to MTA bus routes throughout the City.  Click here to see a map of the proposed routes in and around our area.  Lower Druid Park Drive & Clipper Rd (41st Street light to Druid Park Dr., Clipper Rd to Union Ave.) would see a significant increase in bus traffic.    This is the same roadbed that was mis-identified years ago as a proposed Truck Route.

Currently the Hampden Shuttle runs about 15 times during daylight hours (rough estimate).
The proposed bus line would run approximately 40 times during daylight hours (rough estimate).

The WCA is formulating a letter to the Govenor and MTA in response to the proposal as it affects Woodberry.  We would appreciate your thoughts.

We summarized changes proposed in the Woodberry area.  Here is the link-  BaltimoreLink-announcement-1

You can also comment directly to the MTA, please click this link for the MTA survey, or here to discuss changes on MTA’s MySidewalk forum.  The MTA will also be holding public workshops.

Future of Pepsi plant topic at next meeting

Did you happen to read the Sun article talking about the potential sale of the Pepsi plant on Union Ave?  We can help you learn more about the Pepsi plant’s future.  Come to the next Woodberry Community Association meeting on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 pm at WJZ (3725 Malden Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211).  Developer Sam Himmelrich will making a presentation.  Sam Himmelrich is the owner of Meadow Mill and wants to get a transit oriented development designation (TOD) for the Pepsi plant.  He and Al Barry will present a concept plan for the potential use of the Pepsi plant, if they get the TOD designation.

Buying into Woodberry

Buying into Woodberry – why should you do this?  Woodberry is a mill village in a modern city.  We are convenient downtown, close to happening Hampden, but have the kind of access to parks you find in the county.  We have homes dating from the 1840’s to the 2000’s and everything in between.  We have restaurants, gyms, and what isn’t in Woodberry is closeby in Hampden.  We are convenient to Light Rail and bus also.

Buying into Woodberry at this link.

Why people choose Woodberry

Why do people choose Woodberry?  We analysed data on Nextdoor to find out and created an infographic of the top 20 responses.

The number one reason people choose to live her are because of the neighbors. People also like that Woodberry is quiet and dog-friendly.  Woodberry’s Woodberry Historic Districts and listings and parks came in fourth and fifth.  People also really like the new restaurants in the area, like Woodberry Kitchen, La Cuchara, and nearby Artifact, Blue Pit, and Birroteca.

We will be at the Live Baltimore Buying into Baltimore event on Saturday, September 26 at Polytechnic High School from 9 am to 1 pm, so if you or someone you know is attending, please check us out!  Woodberry is also on Live Baltimore’s tour schedule, so you may see a future neighbor coming by.

Why people like Woodberry

Woodberry community walk with police

The Northern district police will be holding a Woodberry Community walk on Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm.  The walk will begin at Druid Park Drive and Clipper Rd.  This is a great chance to meet both police and your neighbors.  We really hope that we get a good turnout.  Due to the last minute notice, please share widely with your neighbors.

Get all the details on Whitehall Mill in Hampden

Find out what’s happening at Whitehall Mill on Clipper Mill Road in Hampden.  This cotton duck mill is being redeveloped by Terra Nova Ventures, the same people who did Mill No. 1 on Falls Rd.  Whitehall Mill was formerly known as Clipper Mill.

Whitehall Mill is being planned as a mix of apartments, office space, a restaurant in the boiler room, and a Belvedere Square style marketplace.  You can learn more about the project, construction progress, and more at their Whitehall Mill Baltimore.

Clipper Mill started life in 1865 as a cotton duck factory built by Gambrill and Carroll.  The current mill was built to replace another building on the site which had caught on fire named Whitehall Mill.  In 1925, Clipper Mill was sold and Purity Paper products manufactured containers suitable for semi-liquid food like ice cream.  In 1941, a toothbrush manufacturer purchased the building to manufacture toothbrushes for hospitals and the military.  Most recently, Komar owned the building and used it as a distribution center.  Komar has since located to Woodberry.