General Meeting – Tuesday, August 27 6:30 pm Rotunda Building
Presentation by Chris Bell, Sr VP Hekemain Co.-developer
This website is open and will continue to be developed in the next few weeks to include a webcam to watch the construction as it evolves. A picture every 15 min. You can sign up for email announcements.
Mary Pat Clarke, District 14 Baltimore City Council representing the Hampden area at this meeting
The current development is a revision of the 2005/2006 plan approved by the City. There will not be a hotel in this plan. Plans were delayed approximately two years awaiting Giant’s decision to stay or not and the economic downturn.
Re-develop begins NEXT WEEK- Sept 3, 2013 and will proceed in three phases. Construction hours are 7am to 7pm M-F with an occasional Saturday
Bozzuto Construction is the contractor
Phase I – 30 – 45 Days
The Rotunda building will be restored to its original grandeur. As a component of this plan, the former Giant building which was not original will be demolished, starting next week. This is expected to take about two weeks.
The Front Parking lot will be closed and fenced off.
Storm Water Management will be installed.
A temporary parking facility will be constructed on the front lot to accommodate Phase II
Rotunda offices, retail and the movies will remain open during the entire construction. Entrance to services will be from the rear parking entrance during Phase I.
Phase II – 15 months
In 2002 the Rotunda underwent Bio-Hazard inspections and rehab. However, a bio-hazard consultant has been contracted, should there be any surprises once demo begins.
Building access returns to the new (temporary) parking on the front of the building at the 40th street entrance. The back parking lot will be closed and fenced off to be demolished and hauled away.
A seven story apartment building goes in – East side facing Johns Hopkins
A five story apartment building goes in – West facing Elm
A permanent eight story parking garage goes in. This garage will be surrounded by the new apartment buildings and not visible from Elm St or 38th St.
Phase III – 12 months
A permanent Front Parking lot for 900 cars begins. This will be done in sections enabling the temporary structure to remain open to the public while sections are converted.
Restoration of the Rotunda ground floor includes removing false floors, re-opening boarded windows, etc. The rotunda feature will be returned to its historical accuracy.
65% of retail space is currently under negotiation. Contracts are moving forward and it is anticipated that tenant announcements will begin late Sept. and posted on the website. No breaking news regarding the grocer yet.
The current Rotunda has 78,000 sq ft of retail space. The new Rotunda campus will have 160,000 sq ft of retail space.
All retail space will be outward facing with many having doors opening directly from the back parking lot.
The five story apartment building (West side) will have ground floor retail with apartments above.
Between the garage/apartment buildings (former back parking lot) and the Rotunda retail, will be an access road to the garage. Garage will be for retail parking and have private/reserved paid parking for the apartments.
Between the apartment buildings will be a new outdoor plaza to be used for retail and community events.
The entrance road that served Giant will be eliminated.
The main entrance will be on 40th St at the current Rotunda entrance. A new traffic signal will be installed. Road improvements will be done at Roland and 40th.
The Mall loading dock will be on the East side next to the Hopkins building and not accessed or visible from Elm or 38th St.
A significant landscape package will be installed, including larger than required trees to re-establish a community feel for Elm and 38th St.
Zip Cars and Electric Charging Station(s) will be on site for use by the tenants.
During construction, Bozzuto Construction will be responsible for community relations for construction related concerns/complaints. Mary Pat Clarke has organized block representatives for Elm, 38th St & the high rise buildings on 40th st and Roland Ave. These representatives will work directly with Bozzuto to resolve the immediate violation for their block.
Your CCoW Board
Jim Bomgardner, Pres.
Sheri Higgins, VP & Secr
Tracey Brown, Treas