Developer drops Mt. Vernon condo plan


A developer has withdrawn his petition to demolish four small carriage houses in Mount Vernon that just weeks ago Baltimore's historic preservation board deemed worthy of protection.

Though Howard Chambers' plan to demolish the structures to build condominiums had the backing of Mayor Martin O'Malley, City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. and Baltimore's planning director, preservationists were planning to protest it at the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation's meeting Tuesday.

In place of the former carriage houses, garages and stables at 1012 to 1020 Morton St. -- two of which are occupied by architectural firms and a hair salon -- Chambers wanted to build a 50- to 60-unit condominium building with a parking garage and retail shops on the first floor.

Last month, the historical commission approved a list of structures -- including the Morton Street buildings -- that contribute to Mount Vernon's historic character. A key goal of the list was preventing developers from demolishing historic properties.

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