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Baltimore Business Journal: 16 Glitzy Photos of Bozzuto's Fast-Leasing Union Wharf in Fells Point

June 18, 2013

The Bozzuto Group is five months from completing the company’s $72 million Union Wharf project, and more than 90 units of the 281-unit building are leased. Thirty-five tenants already have moved in.

“It’s been by far the fastest lease-up pace of any Baltimore project we’ve had," Bozzuto President Toby Bozzuto said during a tour of the building on Tuesday. “It’s like, crazy, off-the-charts speed.”

Apartments rent for between $1,600 and $3,215 and feature exposed concrete ceilings, wood floors in kitchen areas, low-flow toilets and Energy Star appliances.

The 290,000-square-foot building has an expansive lobby and club room, and its outdoor pool and patio is near completion. Work by local artists is displayed throughout, reclaimed wood was taken from old horse stables at Rosecroft Raceway, the wall along the 150-foot, infinity-edged pool is lined with a wall made of white birch logs.

“We wanted to feel like it was organic, like it came out of old Fells Point,” Bozzuto said. “We’re trying to create an authenticity and special-ness to the space. ... Other apartment buildings in Baltimore don’t look like this.”

Chris Harvey, the design director at Hord Coplan Macht Inc., said he designed the building with Fells Point’s historic character in mind. Inspiration for the building comes from the former tobacco wharfs that were nearby, and the building lacks the flash and glamour that accompanies some waterfront properties.

“When you walk through here, you’ll see concrete, steel, brick of course,” Harvey said. “That palette is really the history of what happened on this site and it’s really embedded into the project. That was important for the whole Bozzuto team.”

In addition to the club room, which includes a large wet bar that can be used for private parties and a small movie theater, the first floor includes space for a 4,500-square-foot restaurant. Bozzuto is negotiating with a tenant that Vice President Jeffrey M. Kayce described as a “local restaurateur.”

Other amenities include a 480-space parking garage that is being partially leased to neighboring properties.

Much of the remaining construction is on the second and third floors, as well as the pier section of the building that will feature waterfront views. There are sweeping views of downtown, Harbor Point and upper Fells Point from terraces on the Wolfe Street side of the building.

Bozzuto said that building Union Wharf was a unique opportunity, given the 3.5-acre site was the last of its size between Harbor Point and Canton Crossing.

“I grew up in Baltimore and Fells Point has always been the jewel and an absolutely beautiful part of Baltimore,” Bozzuto said. “The opportunity to build here is mindblowing. We built Spinnaker Bay in Harbor East with H&S, and we wanted to continue the opportunity to build along the waterfront.”