Revised plans for tower leave Redwood intact

November 19, 1991|By Edward Gunts

One week after abandoning plans to buy a lane of Redwood Street to enlarge his construction site for the Baltimore Financial Centre office tower, developer Leonard Attman has come up with a design for a more slender tower that would not take away the street.

Mr. Attman's architects unveiled plans yesterday for a tower at the southeast corner of Redwood and Charles streets that would be as tall as earlier planned buildings -- 32 stories -- but which had 18 feet shaved off the north side.

It was the second major revision in six months for the $90 million project, which is being designed to take the place of the mid-rise buildings at 15, 17 and 19 S. Charles St.

The revised tower would have 388,000 square feet of space -- down from 447,900 square feet provided in a June 1991 plan and 484,500 square feet in a design unveiled in late 1990 that would have covered two lanes of Redwood.

Mr. Attman's plan to buy part of the street has drawn criticism from neighboring property owners and others, who fear it would add to traffic congestion. In June, the city Planning Commission sided with opponents of the project, voting 5-2 to recommend disapproval of two City Council bills that would allow the city to sell part of the street.

Under the revised plan, part of the office space would be built in the air rights above the sidewalk.

Michael Christianson, an attorney for Mr. Attman's Charles/Redwood Limited Partnership, said that the team would need permission to build above the sidewalk. In addition, because of the smaller lot size, the team would need a variance from the Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals to construct a building that rises 32 stories, David Dymecki, an architect with the tower's designer, Ayers Saint Gross, said.


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