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Plans Unveiled for the New Mechanic Theatre Site

Rendering courtesy Shalom Baranes Associates

August, 2012: The corner of Charles and Baltimore Streets is about to get a much-needed facelift.

The site – where the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre has sat vacant for the past eight years – will be developed into two, 20+ story residential towers with lower level retail. A five-floor underground parking garage will complete the space.

The proposal comes from developer David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd. and Arrow Parking and is estimated to cost $150 million.

The Mechanic Theatre, which featured Broadway and off-Broadway plays from 1967-1997, was constructed in a Modernist style. It was an eyesore to some yet considered by others to have historic value.

While some city residents had sought to save the Mechanic building from demolition, their most recent concerns focus around the location of the retail facilities. They argue that having stores at the corner of the development site will make the Charles and Baltimore Street intersection more dangerous. The Baltimore Business Journal has full details.

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