he lower portion of Hampden, which snakes along the Jones Falls River, has been reminiscent of a ghost town over the past few decades…until now. On Wednesday I noticed signs of life at Mount Vernon Mills No. 1, located in the 3000 block of Falls Rd in Hampden. The mill building, which sits at the corner of Falls Rd and Chestnut Ave is now surrounded by scaffolding and work to the facade has begun. The development, spearheaded by Terra Nova Ventures, is expected to contain 9,500 square feet of Restaurant space, 42,000 square feet of office, and 92 residential apartments.
ampden’s “The Avenue” has seen its share of anticipation for new arrivals. The newest- The Food Market, a play on words with the “Hampden Food Market”, the name of the dusty, grocery/gambling parlor that once used the space at 1017 W 36th Street.
Painting by Robert McClintock
The restaurant, which hopes to be open by April, will be fronted by Chad Gauss, former executive chef to Mount Vernon’s City Cafe. To realize the transformation to a dining establishment that will serve “basically blue-collar food in a white-collar execution,” as Gauss puts it, he and his partner, Elan Kotz, have gutted the 3,000 square foot space top to bottom. Plans include a dining room to seat 90, a 12-seat bar and an open kitchen.
Construction began a month ago, with structural work now complete and HVAC underway. We’ll continue to update pics/video as work progresses.
onstruction began today on the lot at 2030 Aliceanna Street, which faces the water near the Chester Cove Marina. The now dilapidated pad will be regraded, repaved and re-striped, with a black metal fence replacing the flimsy chain-link fence that currently borders it.
The lot is used to house parking for office tenants of the building. Other spaces are leased on an individual basis.
Fountain Realty is the owner.
hy do it? Why pay more money upfront for a roof system that’s still new enough to be considered “non-conventional”? Why invest in landscaping a piece of your building that, unless you happen to pilot low-flying aircraft for a living, will seldom be seen anyway? Why?
A video I put together for www.goforchange.com, a website celebrating any and all things sustainable in the Mid-Atlantic region, and abroad…
Well for many, the environmental benefits are enough. Foremost, green roofs help improve a city’s air and water quality. Plants, shrubs and small trees replace heat-absorbing surfaces and help cool the air through evapotranspiration (evaporation of water from leaves). Instead of polluted water runoff hitting the streets, a green roof takes it in and recycles it back into the air, just like any green land surface would. Not to mention the roof’s new identity and purpose as a habitat for wildlife.
For those who shake their head at all the “green” hype that’s emerged over the past few years, the green roof “sell” also benefits from having considerable practical reasons for its case. For one, they’re virtually maintenance-free, needing only be inspected and weeded a few times a year. They provide insulating benefits, aesthetic appeal, and all in all have longer lifetimes than standard roofs. And if you’re considering pushing for getting your building LEED certified, a green roof will certainly earn you some credits.
The Baltimore Hilton Convention Center hotel currently boasts the largest green roof in the city, its two towers hosting 32,000 sq ft (more than Ravens Stadium itself) of the eco-friendly option. With help from the local Furbish Company, six different plant species and over 60,000 one-inch plugs comprise the system, sedum being the main plant due to its ability to thrive in shallow soil, and its self-generating, draught-resistant nature.
Baltimore may be catching onto the message. In a study by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the Associated Press reported that Baltimore rounds out the top four spot for cities with the most green roofs installed, along with Minneapolis, Chicago and D.C.