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Proposed apartment building in Fells Point rejected by commission

Proposed apartment building in Fells Point rejected by commission
Posted at 1:37 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 13:55:10-04

A five-story apartment building will not be coming to Fells Point after community officials rejected the plans on Tuesday. 

The proposed five-story building in the 500 block of Washington Street would bring 40 new units, or potentially 80 new tenants, but the apartment complex was only planning on providing 18 parking spots. 

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In addition to parking, community members also did not want to approve the new building because it could be 20 feet taller than other structures in the area, blocking other's views. 

On Tuesday, community members, organizations, and several local elected officials voiced their concerns in opposition to these pending plans, so the CHAP commission rejected them. According to Ben Cole, a community advocate against the construction of the building, the complex did not meet the height and massing requirements stated by CHAP. They continued to say the plans were just too big for the surrounding area, which only consists of 2-3 rowhomes. 

Community members did say that they are not opposed to a different development project in the area, one that will enhance the historic nature of the Fells Point District.