Cormony Development co-developed Canton Self Storage (“CSS”) in the 11-story former National Bohemian Brewery (“Natty Boh”) building at 3601 O’Donnell Street as a part of the Brewers Hill project in Baltimore, Maryland. The CSS project encompassed the redevelopment of 113,000 square feet of vacant, industrial space within Natty Boh. The project involved the environmental clean up of the Brownfield property, the adaptive reuse of historic structures consistent with smart growth policies and the use of Federal and State Historic, and Maryland Green Building tax credit programs.
The project is located on the eastern edge of the Canton neighborhood, one block from the waterfront, in southeast Baltimore. Natty Boh is located on O’Donnell Street, a main thoroughfare running east-west through Baltimore City’s south-east sector, and just off of Interstate 95, the major north-south highway along the east coast and into Baltimore City. Brewers Hill is set up to become the major gateway into Baltimore City from the East. The development team installed a 27-foot tall, red neon “Mr. Boh” with a winking eye on the roof in the fall of 2004, creating one of Baltimore’s most visible landmarks. (National Bohemian beer and Mr. Boh, its round, mustachioed, one-eyed mascot that was introduced in the 1930’s, remain icons in the Baltimore area today.)
The development team’s commitment to the historic integrity of the property created a challenging situation that threatened the success of the project. The experience of the creative development team allowed for the successful transformation of this space from an old beer brewery and storage space to a state of the art self storage facility where others were not sure how to proceed.
Natty Boh was the first project in the State of Maryland to be accepted into the Maryland Green Building Tax Credit Program. Natty Boh will achieve significant energy efficiencies and a level of sustainable design that otherwise would have been cost-prohibitive. It will also achieve a LEED silver level.
The project is a model for urban, historically sensitive redevelopment, Brownfield remediation, green buildings and “Main Street” development.
The greater than $10,000,000 CSS development project was completed in 2005 and has leased up according to projections.
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103 North Adams Street,
Rockville, MD 20850