Friday, May 14, 2010

New at Jazz&Blues Fest: Wine & Art Alley

To celebrate the 10th year of Main Street's Jazz & Blues Festival in Federal Hill, we're spicing things up with a new "Wine & Art Alley." There will be wine sampling, wine seminars, and a whole collection of local artists on E. Cross St., north of Cross Street Market.

And of course we'll have all the things that make Jazz & Blues so much fun: two stages of live music, food & drink and arts & crafts vendors, and Little One's Lane for the kids. It's all happening on S. Charles and E. Cross streets on Sunday, June 6 from 11am to 7pm. Free admission!

The festival is part of Federal Hill Main Street's ongoing program to promote and improve the neighborhood's central business district. If you're interested in volunteering for the festival, call 410-727-4500.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Just 4 Weeks Till Jazz & Blues Fest

Mark your calendars for Federal Hill's 10th annual Jazz & Blues Festival on Sunday, June 6. This year the free street festival features Eric Lindell from New Orleans and Baltimore's own Kelly Bell Band. There will be music all day (11-7) on two stages, arts & crafts, and Little One's Lane for the kids. Don't miss it!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

1111 Light St. Set to Begin Construction this Fall

The new building proposed for 1111 Light St. will improve nearly an acre of real estate in Federal Hill when it is completed in late 2011 and will offer many new business development opportunities to the neighborhood.

The design is close to completion and requires the demolition and reconstruction of current buildings because major defects were found in existing structures. A Traffic Impact Study has been completed showing that the project will create only a marginal impact on traffic in the area. Utility line relocation efforts (BGE, Verizon, and Comcast) will begin this month and will take a large number of existing overhead power lines and place them underground.

Replacing buildings at 1105-1117 Light St. and all of Weber St., the new structure will offer 6,000 square feet of retail space on Light Street and 22,000 square feet of office space on the second, third, and fourth floors. Retail space is already two-thirds leased. The rest of the new project will include 93 condominiums, a parking garage, an entertainment lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, a gym, and a landscaped courtyard.

As all parts of the project come together – design, permits, and financing – construction should begin in the third quarter of 2010 and last approximately 12-15 months – with a goal of 13 months to completion.

Watch for marketing-related updates on the project’s web site, as well as a forthcoming construction update page that will be regularly maintained by the developer and the general contractor.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Federal Hill Stars in New Art Exhibit

Five artists put their views of Federal Hill on display at the Crystal Moll Gallery (1030 S. Charles St.) with an opening reception Saturday, May 1. Crystal Moll and Bill Tamburrino (above) were joined by Will Williams, Stewart White, and Bill Wilson in the show that continues through May 23 at the gallery in Federal Hill. Don't miss this great exhibit!