Multifamily Executive: Bozzuto Designs Latest Developments With Gen Y in Mind
June 06, 2012
The Bozzuto Group is focusing on Baltimore and Washington, D.C’s Northeast Brookland neighborhood as some of the hotspots for Gen Y renters in upcoming years.
By building modern, luxurious properties where resident safety is a priority, the company hopes to revitalize some of the landscape in those areas, while still maintaining a city feel for residents. Here’s a look at Bozzuto’s developing Union Wharf and Monroe Street Market properties:
The Union Wharf will be strikingly modern in design and structure its amenities around a long pool courtyard reminiscent of South Beach hotels, such as the Delano.Enlarge Close The Union Wharf will be strikingly modern in design and structure its amenities around a long pool courtyard reminiscent of South Beach hotels, such as the Delano.Baltimore's architectural landscape may be a far cry from Miami’s South Beach, but the Bozzuto Group’s vice president, Jeff Kayce, says elements of its design will bring a bit of that heat to Baltimore’s harbor.
Located in the historic Fells Point neighborhood, Bozzuto is using materials true to the historic area, including concrete, masonry, steel, and wood. “The architecture is intended to invoke a sense of permanence and authenticity that is typical of the historical Fells Point context,” Kayce says.
But the property will be strikingly modern in design, and structure its amenities around a long pool courtyard that Kayce describes as reminiscent of South Beach hotels, such as the Delano.
Other features include 12,000 square feet of unenclosed amenities wrapping around the pool courtyard, blurring the interior and exterior spaces. There’s a hotel-inspired lobby lounge featuring a cyber café, and a large fitness center with yoga and kickboxing rooms running along the full length of the courtyard. Kayce says the double-height clubroom was designed as a transparent "jewel-box," with a massive interior/exterior fireplace and views to the harbor in one direction, and the pool to the other, plus two walls that open completely to the courtyard.
Unit sizes vary, but feature large windows and balconies and terraces overlooking the water. The building is scheduled to be LEED Gold certified and the company expects construction to finish in November 2013.
Amenities at the new Monroe Street Market property include numerous lounge and café areas. The lobby is designed to look like a high end hotel.Enlarge Close Amenities at the new Monroe Street Market property include numerous lounge and café areas. The lobby is designed to look like a high end hotel.Bozzuto’s new mixed-use development, Monroe Street Market, is slated to be finished by 2016. But the company hopes by that time, the massive property featuring 720 residential units, 45 townhomes, 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, a 3,000 square foot community arts center and 850 parking spaces, will help revitalize the landscape of Washington, D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood and Catholic University campus.
Monroe Street Market is part of the university’s south campus redevelopment plan, which will improve the walkability of the area and surrounding neighborhood.Mike Henehan, the developer for Monroe Street Market, says the plan is to appeal to Gen Y renters, including college students, as well as a variety of other age demographics.
Amenities include numerous lounge and café areas, as well as two fitness centers, a yoga studio, terraced swimming pool, art studio, a study, and outdoor bar. In addition to the interior amenity spaces, the project will provide two large public plazas with water features and an outdoor stage.
“Similar to Union Wharf, we feel these distinct designs, ranging from an industrial warehouse feel to a more formal flat-iron style building, will help the project appeal to a wide range of residents,” Henehan says.
The first construction phase includes 562 residential units and is scheduled to be completed next year.