Sketches on table for complex

May 26, 2006|By JILL ROSEN | JILL ROSEN,SUN REPORTER

The conversion of a Locust Point mill into an apartment and retail complex is beginning to take shape.

Though plans are still on the drawing board, sketches presented yesterday to the city's design review board show 250 apartments, a three-story office building, a 52,000-square-foot grocery store, an additional 50,000 square feet of retail space and about 900 parking spaces.

The nine-acre site, the former home of the Chesapeake Paperboard plant, is between Fort Avenue and Key Highway.

To build the mixed-use project on the industrial property, developer Mark Sapperstein will need the city to approve a zoning change.

He plans to keep all of the buildings to a maximum height of 60 feet in an effort to blend into the generally low-slung neighborhood.

Sapperstein is also a partner in the Silo Point project, another Locust Point conversion, which will include upscale townhouses and condominiums on the site of a former grain elevator.

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