A development team headed by Frank Favazza recently held a grand opening for Baltimore's newest waterfront development, $17 million, 102-unit condominium and town house complex in Fells Point called Belt's Landing.
The first resident has already moved in, and two dozen more will be moving in this month and next, according to J. Joseph Clarke, a partner of Trammell Crow Residential, the project manager.
In all, 26 of the residences are sold or under contract, and all work will be complete in the next 60 days, he said.
"By and large, the project is ready," Mr. Clarke said. With prices starting at $89,000, "We can attract second-home buyers, first-home buyers and empty nesters, and that's what we're getting," he said.
Designed by Browne, Worrall & Johnson Inc. and located at 960 Fell Street, Belt's Landing includes one- and two-bedroom condominiums, waterfront and street-front town houses, and luxury penthouses. It also has a pool, health club, 220-space garage and a marina with 49 boat slips, 18 of which are under contract.
Belt's Landing is the only condominium complex that will open this year on Baltimore's waterfront, Mr. Clarke said. There won't be any more waterfront condominiums in Baltimore until the first building at HarborView, a 1,590-unit waterfront community on Key Highway, opens in 1993, he said.
A sales center and two furnished models at Belt's Landing are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The second quarter of 1991 began with an upturn in the number of residential permits issued in the Baltimore region.
According to information compiled by the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, local jurisdictions issued 1,107 residential permits in April 1991, 289 more than the 818 issued in April 1990.
VTC The number of permits for single-family units rose 6.3 percent, and the number of permits for multifamily units rose 336 percent. Harford and Howard counties had the greatest increases in the number of single-family units permitted.
The largest single project to get under way in April was the $27 million 220,000-square-foot Nordstrom store in Towson.
Around the region:
* The Maryland Institute College of Art will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. to mark the beginning of construction of The Commons, a housing complex for 350 students in the 100 block of McMechen Street near Park Avenue. Schamu, Machowski, Doo and Associates is the architect, and Roy Kirby & Sons is the builder. Alex. Brown and Sons arranged financing for the project, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 1992.
* New Era Realty has begun operations from new offices at 4000 W. Northern Parkway, Suite 103 in Northwest Baltimore.
William Jones is the broker and manager.
* Remodeling magazine has named Dave Buschman of Buschman Construction in Marriottsville to its "Big 50" list for 1991. Founded six years ago, Buschman specializes in custom-designed residential remodeling.
* Architects Cassandra Gottlieb and James Forster recently joined forces to open a new design firm, G + F ARCHITECTS Inc.
* Harkins Builders has been selected to be the general contractor for Manchester Courts, a 144-unit elderly housing project in Frederick. Collins & Kronstadt is the architect and Lawrence J. Hogan is the developer.
* Three retail projects designed by RTKL Associates Inc. of Baltimore were honored for design excellence at the International Council of Shopping Center's annual convention last month in Las Vegas.
The Avenue at Tower City Center in Cleveland, Hamilton Eaton Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, and the renovation of Cumberland Mall in Atlanta were co-winners in the 1991 Centers and Stores of Excellence competition co-sponsored by Monitor magazine, a retail industry publication.
In a separate competition sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers, The Avenue at Tower City Center received a design award and Cumberland Mall received a certificate of merit.