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Friends of Clark Park: In Favor of 4224 Baltimore Development

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Looking west along Baltimore Avenue. Cecil Baker + Partners rendering presented at July community meeting.

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:

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University City Landlord/Broker Melani Lamond Speaks Out About NIMBYs

Dock Street Brewery faced major NIMBY opposition. Photo by Jeff Fusco for GPTMC

Dock Street Brewery faced major NIMBY opposition. Photo by Jeff Fusco for GPTMC

Dunkin Donuts is prepping a space in University City, and some neighbors aren’t happy about a chain restaurant moving into the space. Though this particular franchise opening seems to be a fait accompli at this point, the debate over a chain’s suitability in a neighborhood of independent businesses will surface again and again. (The last conflict of this kind arose over a Subway sandwich shop on Baltimore Avenue.)

Urban & Bye’s associate broker Melani Lamond, a prominent figure in the University City real estate community and owner of the Gold Standard Cafe’s building, among others, gets frustrated by the notion that a commercial property should be limited to a certain type. On a neighborhood listserv where residents can share their frustration or support for such projects, Lamond offered a “landlord’s perspective,” in which she further expanded on this point of view. She allowed us to reproduce the piece she wrote, which raises some very interesting points. (She begins by responding to specific charges made by others, including worries about traffic and urban location, which is why it seems to start in media res.)

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