March 6, 2007
THE PROBLEM -- Motorists traveling south on Russell Street toward the Baltimore-Washington Parkway were greeted by a sign near Hamburg Street warning that cars in the right lane must exit at Interstate 95, even though there is no such restriction. THE BACKSTORY -- Ron Wilner of Baltimore e-mailed Watchdog: "Those in the know have rightly ignored this sign for over a year, but the harm is that out of town motorists are forced to do lane shifting unnecessarily which confuses and slows traffic.
July 20, 2007
The developer of a sports-themed office and recreation complex proposed for a blighted stretch of waterfront south of M&T Bank Stadium said yesterday that he hoped to nearly double the amount of office space originally planned for the $250 million project that city officials hope will transform the Russell Street corridor. Cormony Development, the lead developer of Gateway South, showed a city design panel preliminary plans that include 1 million square feet of office space, an increase from the 600,000 originally proposed.
May 29, 2013
Despite pending legal challenges, the developers of Baltimore's casino formally began construction Wednesday on the planned $400 million gambling complex near the two stadiums. Chad Barnhill, general manager of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, said lawsuits alleging environmental risks briefly caused a delay in construction plans, but the 335,000 square-foot complex remains on track for opening in the middle of 2014. “There's always the concern, but we have a great team and we'll get past those hurdles,” Barnhill said of the litigation.
June 26, 2004
I CHUCKLED AT a recent news story about Russell Street's deplorable condition. City officials are worried that people arriving from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and those attending ballgames, will get a bad impression of Baltimore as they enter downtown on this thoroughfare. Hey, what about us Baltimoreans? I've been traveling Russell Street for 50 years and it was always a downer, a depressing entrance to a city that deserves a clean and welcoming driveway. I believe that first impressions are lasting, and Russell Street is an excellent reason not to visit Baltimore.
June 18, 2004
City officials want to bring the charm back to Baltimore, and they want to begin with Russell Street, one of the city's most used and bumpy roads. Yesterday, they announced plans to reconstruct the 1 1/2 -mile stretch of road from Interstate 95 south to the city line -- fixing potholes, improving road conditions and making the city's southern entrance more welcoming with stone-covered medians, landscaping and lighting. City officials say they worry that as tourists arrive from the airport and as people drive into town for conventions and ballgames, they get a poor first impression.
January 24, 1991
There appears to be a new wrinkle with each assessment of the baseball stadium under construction at Camden Yards.The latest involves a realignment of Russell Street, which may allay fears of that major artery becoming a target for foul balls. The park is being designed to fit into the neighborhood, but hopefully not as a traffic hazard.As the new facility rises, it has become obvious that the third base side and Russell Street are cozy companions. The height of the structure does not appear to be sufficient to keep all baseballs within the building, but two generally unknown variables should have an effect.