Dec 21 2008
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.
A rendering of the Streuver Brother’s Proposal:
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