City Arts II
City Arts II is a new development of affordable apartments specifically for artists in Baltimore’s Station North and Entertainment District. The apartment building features 69 units located in one of the City’s most eclectic neighborhoods near the Maryland Institute College of Art. It is a follow up to the highly successful nearby City Arts development completed in 2011.
Both City Arts I and II reflect the special characteristics of the surrounding community. The apartment buildings help anchor the eastern most portion of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. The area was already the home of many artists living in the nearby Copy Cat annex and in lofts adjacent to Area 405, and pulls from students attending the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Both City Arts buildings provide safe and quality housing at affordable rents. And based on tax credit funding, the buildings will remain affordable and available to artists for decades to come.
As new construction, the architecture draws from the neighboring community of rowhouses as well as large industrial buildings to give a sense as if the buildings existed all along. Both projects offer onsite parking, free wifi, well-equipped fitness centers and gallery space to its residents. City Arts 2 also features a shared dance studio, a multi-purpose co-working space, and a lounge area. Residents have the option of spacious studios, one and two bedroom apartments. Many units contains a “slop sink” to help clean up after bigger messes and high ceilings and big windows to allow for lots of natural light.
The New Greenmount West Community Association supported both projects and were made part of the planning, design and construction process by the development team.
Community members were encouraged and willfully participated in design charrettes to help be a part of the project and embrace the changes happening in their neighborhood.
City Arts was designed to comply with Enterprise Green Communities, but did not seek certification or grants. This building uses approximately 19% less energy than a similar baseline building.