The Friends of Clark Park issued a statement offering its approval of 4224 Baltimore, a new development proposed and designed by a team consisting of the New York-based Thylan Associates; U³ Ventures; and Cecil Baker + Partners architecture firm. The approval, however, is predicated on a few recommendations/stipulations, as published in an open letter by the organization’s president Erin Engelstad:
- The portion of the building facing the park should be low and inviting.
- We prefer the design of the building to include terracing and include as many green features as possible.
- The project must support the efforts of the existing Farmers’ Market.
- Retail should be limited to certain smaller, community-oriented retailers and should be encumbered as such to require this stipulation remain in the future.
- The Friends of Clark Park look with favor on the idea of building a proportion of coop units into the development, to support a desirable owner-renter balance in the community which in turn will support the park.
The building will have 92 residential units, six parking spaces and 36 bicycle parking spaces.
So where do things stand now? The proposal gets a Civic Design review from the City Planning Commission and then, ideally, a final zoning permit. Then comes the building permits and construction!