We developed a concept design for Remington Row that involves the adaptive reuse of two existing buildings and the design of one new multifamily, mixed-use building. The buildings are located on three separate, but adjacent, Baltimore City blocks (2700 and 2800 Remington Avenue and 211 W. 28th Street) along Remington Avenue.
The concept design led to the full design and construction of 2700 Remington which opened in July 2016. In October, Remington was honored with a Wavemaker Award by ULI Baltimore for its impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
Remington Row is a new mixed use project that redefines an existing historic neighborhood in Baltimore City. In order to pull off the project, the team had to assemble 14 different properties from 14 different owners, all on one acre of land. Remington Row features 260 below-ground parking spaces on three levels with direct access to 15,000 SF of street level retail. It comprises 108 apartments on three levels sitting above a 30,000 SF office space. The project financing came from a complicated stack which included $30 million of New Market Tax Credits, Senior Debt, Subordinate Debt and Developer equity. The development pays respect to the past mercantile and industrial heritage of the surrounding neighborhood while introducing an active and dynamic pedestrian retail experience.
Remington Row is a catalyst. It is one part of a larger plan to re-imagine one of Baltimore’s great neighborhoods. Its developer, Seawall, has been actively rebuilding the community for years. Renovated rowhomes, adaptive reuse for teacher housing, creative restaurants, coffee shops and bars, a local theater troupe’s new home, and most recently R.House. Located one block from Remington Row, R.House is a 20,000 sf urban marketplace featuring multiple food vendors under one roof.
Remington Row will become the center of this activity. Its mix of uses activates the street and welcomes the community. A 30’ deep sidewalk the length of Remington Avenue has been creatively transformed into a series of outdoor spaces. Lush landscape, seating, specialty lighting, wood accents and a continuous canopy transform this sidewalk into Remington’s Living Room.
Innovation in the apartment leasing process was achieved through the use of virtual reality goggles. This approach proved to be an effective and unique approach to show perspective tenants what units would look like at very low cost. This use of technology allowed potential residents to see various units and how they would look furnished–well before there was even drywall up. Potential residents didn’t even have to set foot on the construction site; they could simply slip on the VR goggles and swipe through the various unit types.