News Briefs 6/29/13

New townhomes selling in old Obrycki’s lot

Of the eight townhomes with attached garages will be built in the old Obrycki’s parking lot in Upper Fell’s Point, five have already sold.

The homes have addresses on the 100 block of S. Ann St.; the development is just north of Pratt St. The  townhomes are a collaboration between the Union Box Company of Fell’s Point and Stonington Builders of Bel Air. The prices listed on the development’s Web site, merchanttownhomes.com/msquare run between $485,000 and $565,000, with the homes farther to the north and farthest from Pratt St. being the more expensive.

The three-story units have three bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as rooftop decks.

Down toward Fell’s Point proper, the same team of Union Box Company and Stonington Builders is in the process of completing 17 luxury townhomes, also on S. Ann St., just south of Aliceanna St. Those units have sold out.

Neither Stonington Builders nor Union Box Company could be reached for comment.

 

Illegal drivers and off-leash dog walkers beware

Following multiple complaints about cars and off-leash dogs in Patterson Park Councilman Jim Kraft organized a sweep of the park last Thursday evening.

“I actually had a guy banging on my door last weekend about cars in the park,” said Kraft at the Patterson Park Working Group meeting last Tuesday.

A couple police officers, a park ranger, the councilman’s staff and Kraft himself strolled through the park to find and ticket infractions, but the sheer size of the entourage may have warned off most would-be violators.

Nevertheless, the group was able to point out to the police and park ranger the kinds of infractions that have been recently prevalent, reported Community Aide Lexie Albe.

 

Teens share their vision for Inner Harbor Project

An organized and motivated group of teens will share their vision for the Inner Harbor before City Council tonight.

The Inner Harbor Project, founded by Celia Neustadt of Charles Village, is—according to its Web site, innerharborproject.com—“a collaborative youth after-school program in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor dedicated to making the Harbor safe and inclusive.”

The project includes 15 teens from high schools across the city, as well as partners such as the Waterfront Partnership, Ayers Saint Gross, the Downtown Partnership and Visit Baltimore.

Marquise Robinson, a student at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, said on the Web site that he joined Inner Harbor Project because “I was given an opportunity to help give youth a voice down at the Inner Harbor, so I took it.”

Raché Nedd, according to her profile on the project’s Web site, said that she joined to “come up with my own options on coming up with ways to help the violence die down.”

In an interview with Citybizlist Baltimore, Neustadt said that the group was looking for the origin of tension in the Harbor in order to create practical solutions to it. There have been several occurrences of large groups of teens converging in the Inner Harbor, with some associated violent incidents.

The Inner Harbor Project teens have been holding “pop-up focus groups” with other teens and parties concerned with future of the Inner Harbor.

Tonight at 5 p.m., in City Council Chambers on the fourth floor of City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St., the Inner Harbor Project will present its recommendations for the Harbor to the Education and Youth Committee of City Council. A picture ID is required for entry; the hearing will be broadcast on channel 25.

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