Friday, November 12, 2010

Facelift for Federal Hill's Light Street

Several area residents, merchants, and elected officials showed up on 11/11 at 11 am to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $33 million mixed use project at 1111 Light Street, home of the former Epstein's department store. The vacant properties at 1105-1115 Light Street, stretching between Cross Street Tobacco (1103 Light) and James Pharmacy (1119 Light) and all of Weber Street, will be demolished and replaced with an attractive new LEED certified structure. Demolition is set to begin later this month.

"This is a very exciting day and truly a great project," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who thanked the developer, Arsh Mirmiran, for his perseverance in a difficult economic climate. Also on hand were City Council Vice President Ed Reisinger and Federal Hill Business Association President Sonny Morstein, who said, "We are looking for a second renaissance in the 1100 block of Light Street," which has seen tough times since the closing of the Epstein's department store 20 years ago.

The project will create 6,000 square feet of retail, 22,000 commercial office space, and 93 luxury rental apartments; estimated completion is late 2011. The living quarters will come equipped with a parking garage, an entertainment lounge, a gym, and a landscaped courtyard. The architect's rendering of the new building (see photo) was unveiled to much applause.

The project’s web site is

--Chelsea Ryder

1 comment:

  1. the last thing we need in this neighborhood is luxuary apartments and more noisy in consideraqte bars. I have been here 20 yrs. & this place has really gotten bad. It just keeps getting worse.
    Sad because it used to be a great place to live.
    Now you can't even enjoy your own home. Too many drunks, trash,noise, public urination, property destruction,etc. You people don't live here so don't care as long they keep lining your pockets.
    Why dosen't the asso. do something right,start by making these bars stop blasting their music outside.