Dec 21 2008

Baltimore Development Corp Receives 4 Proposals for New Arena

Published by at 10:48 pm under Downtown,hotels,Uncategorized

While renderings of all four arena proposals are not available yet, the descriptions themselves say a lot.  Basically, this will not be your average arena.  Assuming the project comes to fruition and 300 million plus dollars are secured for construction, the days of a big ugly box type municipal indoor stadium will be over… replaced with what we hope will be a world class design.  The one rendering which has been made public, that of the Streuver Brothers proposal, depicts a daring signature building that incorporates a hotel and retail along with the arena itself.  Congratulations for thinking big!

Here’s a good summary of the proposals as posted on Wikipedia:

On December 17, 2008, the Baltimore Examiner reported that the Baltimore Development Corp. had received 4 proposals for the 1st Mariner Arena replacement that could take away a “major entertainment venue” for Baltimore upwards to “4 years” and the estimated price is $300 million but could be more depending on additional retail and hotel uses. The arena is reported to be a 18,500 seat venue built at the same location of the current 1st Mariner Arena. The four proposals are:

ESmith Legacy and Garfield Traub Development:ESmith Legacy is a team lead by former NFL player Emmitt Smith that has offices in Baltimore. This proposal includes that will be in addition to the larger arena:

  • 7 screen movie theater
  • 20,000 SF of retail space
  • 1,000 seat concert venue

Streuver Brothers Eccles & Rouse: A well known Baltimore based developer. This proposal includes:

  • 300-room hotel
  • 43,000 SF of retail space

Cormony Development and Harrison Development:A Rockville and Baltimore based (respectively) development firms who have been involved since 2007. This proposal includes:

  • 400-room hotel
  • 240,000 SF office tower
  • 12,000 SF to 20,000 SF of retail space

A&R Development, J Street Development Co., and Accent Development Co.: A partnership of Baltimore based A&R and Washington based J Street and Accent Development under the name Arena Development. This proposal includes:

  • Up to 100,000 SF of retail space

The Baltimore Examiner reports that the BDC could make a decision on the developer as soon as mid-2009.[2]

A rendering of the Streuver Brother’s Proposal:


3 Comments to “Baltimore Development Corp Receives 4 Proposals for New Arena”

  1. BC Planningon 22 Dec 2008 at 10:21 pm

    The Streuver Brothers proposal looks fly but Id rather a movie theater, retail space and a small concert venue.

    In the winter time, I have almost no reason to go downtown or at least in the vicinity of the Harbor. The only parts I go to downtown is Mt Vernon and Harbor East. Other than that there is not much to do for Baltimoreans. I dont want to see another hotel or another office, I want to see something for my entertainment as a city resident.

  2. rudy don 23 Dec 2008 at 9:28 pm

    How many hotels can this city handle? Now that the condo market has dried up it seems like every new development has a hotel in the mix. Maybe it would work, but the site is next to or in close proximity to several existing hotels, including the Hilton convention center hotel that the city is on the hook for if it doesn’t meet expectations.

  3. Urban Discoveries Living Blogon 12 Jan 2009 at 4:59 pm

    According to last week’s Business Journal there is another hotel being discussed for Federal Hill. I don’t think it will be real competition for the convention center hotel or the new arena proposals, but you’re definately right that developers in this market are afraid to build condos or apartments so they are turning to hotels.

    There is also news coming out about Cordish potentially buying Harbor Place from General Growth. Do you guys think that this might mean a change to make Harbor Place more appealing for Baltimoreans or will it just be more of the same tourist attractions?

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