Jan 03 2010

Public Hearing on Senator Theatre this Tuesday Jan 5th

Published by at 11:57 pm under North Baltimore,Resources,Uncategorized

There will be a public hearing this Tuesday, January 5th at 6:30 pm to discuss the fate of the historic Senator Theatre in Northern Baltimore City.  There will be four groups/developers that will present their plans for the theatre that were recently submitted to the Baltimore Development Corp.  The four proposals are as follows:

Baltimore, MD (November 23, 2009) – In response to a recently issued Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase/lease of the historic Senator Theatre, the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) today announced that it has received for four proposals.
The Senator Theatre, located at 5904-06 York Road in Northeast Baltimore, is within the Govanstowne business district, immediately adjacent to BelvedereSquare, a 161,000 square foot shopping and dining destination. The theatre site is 20,517 square feet with the building measuring 17,868 square feet.
Opened in 1939, the single-screen theatre, which seats approximately 900, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The following proposals were received:
1. The Lofts at the Senator Theatre
Developer/Operator: JR Owens Corporation (JR Owens)
This proposal calls for a mixed-use development that includes the renovation of the existing movie theatre along with new construction of 24 two bedroom/two bath rental apartments on three floors, 27 secure parking spaces in the basement of the new construction and existing retail space.
2. The Senator Theatre, LLC
Developer/Operator: James Cusack, Jr. and Kathleen C. Cusack (owners of the Charles
Architect: Alex Castro
The developer proposes to maintain the building as a single screen movie theatre, restaurant and crepe shop with alternates 1) that would provide for a second screen and an arts education area in the approximate 2,000 square foot triangle to the south of the theatre, and 2) a sliding glass door system in the front of the restaurant.
3. The Theatre Project PUPKIDS, Inc.
Developer/Operator: Noch-Noch, Productions (Enoch Cook III)
This proposal suggests the mixture of live performances and cinemaplex attractions simulating a staged Vaudeville Revue to attract interest in puppetry and puppeteers.
4. WTMD…..At The Senator
Developer/Operator: Senator Theatre Redevelopment, LLC (Towson University, Robert L.
Caret, President)
Architect: Zigner/Snead Architects
General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Construction
WTMD-FM, Towson University’s public radio station (focusing on contemporary music and arts) proposes to relocate to the Senator Theatre through a historically sensitive renovation of the interior, a new addition to the south side of the building as well as an expansion of existing space on the north side of the theatre. The Senator will be home to WTMD’s daily operations, as well as a schedule of films, educational activities, concerts and community events designed to reach people from all over the region. The station will connect and promote the events taking place in the theatre.
The proposals are being reviewed by BDC.

I for one would like to endorse the proposal by Towson University’s radio station WTMD.  Over the past 5 years, the non-profit WTMD has shown a huge commitment to Baltimore City and County by providing music and events that benefit all of its citizenry.  They have helped create a more vibrant community of music lovers to the area by introducing new artists to the local scene as well as promoting local artists nationwide.  WTMD is one of the institutions that helps make Baltimore a cool and funky place to live and it seems that their proposal to re-make the Senator Theatre into a multi-purpose venue will help them continue their mission.

I hope many of you can attend to show your support!


9 Comments to “Public Hearing on Senator Theatre this Tuesday Jan 5th”

  1. jpasqualemon 06 Jan 2010 at 2:05 pm

    How did the hearing go? Did they say when they would pick a bid? They all seem like good ideas with the exception of the loft apartments.

  2. baltimorerowhouseon 07 Jan 2010 at 9:25 am

    Here is a link to a story on the results of the hearing. http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2010/01/04/daily30.html

  3. baltimorerowhouseon 07 Jan 2010 at 9:27 am

    Here is a better link with actual results from the hearing. :-)


  4. jpasqualemon 07 Jan 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the link. People made some good points about where a listener-supported radio station or budget cutting university could get the money for the project WTMD is proposing. On the other hand a non-profit’s tax benefits would help the Senator in the long run.

  5. JMOFellsPton 03 Feb 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Jennifer Moore
    Fell’s Point Frame and Design
    Baltimore, MD 21231

    Having grown up with the Senator in my neighborhood, I feel it embodies the past and can represent the present, as well. I think all the proposals sound great except the lofts, as there is so much real estate sitting vacant now. It does not represent the heart or the history of the Senator.

  6. Koryon 03 Feb 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Being a Towson University Alumni notwithstanding, I strongly support the Towson University proposal. I truly feel that Baltimore is growing into an almost Austin, TX like place for it’s live and local music and art scene. It’s a natural fit in the NE, but affordable and with a top flight art school in MICA.

    I used to live across from the Senator and from my first visit in ’93 during my South Carroll High School days to see Star Wars for a benefit over 3 weekend in a row, I loved the place and hope to see something great happen there in the coming months/years.

    Fell’s Point Frame and Design
    1622 Thames St.
    Baltimore, MD 21231

  7. jpasqualemon 01 Apr 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I read in the paper today that Towson and WTMD pulled their bid for the Senator.

  8. jpasqualemon 23 Apr 2010 at 12:35 pm

    The BDC is recommending that Cusack (The Charles) be given the lease, so the Senator can continue to operate as a movie theater.

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