It's November, so a new months bring us some new building updates at Baltimore Skyline. Down in the spot of the Baltimore waterfront between Harbor East and Fells Point, aptly named Harbor Point by the developers (luckily they didn't go with Harbor Fells), the first building in what is supposed to be a large venture is going up. The Thames Street Wharf, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is a $22.8 million, 240,000 square foot mixed use office/retail building that is going up at the far end of Thames Street. Scheduled to be open sometime late in 2009, one of the major tenants, according to the Baltimore Business Journal, is Morgan Stanley. They already have offices in the Bond Street Wharf Building (convenient for happy hour at DuClaw), and are interested in expanding to the new Thames Street offices.
The Harbor Point development will be the final connection along the waterfront between the offices and condos of Harbor East and quaint historic rowhomes of Fells Point. Hopefully it will be a gradual shift, because nothing can ruin a feel in a neighborhood like out-of-place architecture. So far, so good, though. The Thames Street Wharf building is only going to be 7 stories, not much taller than the building that line the rest of the street. The mix of brick along with the glass should also help to tie the structure into its surroundings, and emulating the warehouses that used to sit on the wharfs years ago. (call me nostalgic, but don't you miss those some days?)
The Harbor Point project is also supposed to feature a large waterfront park, lovely, at a time where public access to the waterfront is shrinking (see Key Highway development). I snapped the above picture while walking around a few weekends ago. If you're interested to learn more i would suggest going to the project site here: http://www.sber.com/baltimore/harbor_point.php