Located on the waterfront in historic Fells Point, Union Wharf is a 281-unit, mixed-use development that embodies the character of its unique setting. The project features open, loft-like residences with views to the harbor and Patapsco River.
Constrained by a tight urban site, the project utilizes open courts to maximize water views. The result is a stunning, resort-like community that seamlessly connects to surrounding neighborhood.
The Fells Point Neighborhood Association is very active in preserving the residential scale and historic fabric of the tiny waterfront enclave in South Baltimore. The project exists on a tight site and needed to maximize use of space while remaining cost-effective, and the design had to respond to the zoning requirements of the neighborhood.
Engaging the community was a top priority for the developer and the design team. Through multiple community meetings we listened to concerns and then presented potential solutions. The team was able to maintain a dialogue that kept the community engaged.
The building is five stories, a bit shorter than what zoning allowed, and steps back from the street, allowing sunlight to bathe Wolfe Street and maintain a residential scale. Using a podium structure allowed the four upper levels to be constructed of wood frame over a non-combustible first floor. In addition to residential units, the first floor level contains a mix of uses including approximately retail and 10,000 sf of amenities and common areas. Parking is provided in a 150,000 sf garage that is “wrapped” on all four sides by apartments and provides 473 parking spaces.
Union Wharf is LEED Gold Certified. Sustainable Strategies include: 43% modeled water use reduction; 27% modeled energy use reduction; 100% purchased green power; dense urban infill location; wrapper building around parking garage; reflective roof; minimum 75% construction waste management; minimum 20% recycled content; minimum 20% regional materials; green housekeeping; and tenant education.