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http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/real-estate/bs-bz-small-apartment-buildings-20180504-story.html

 

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Some of Baltimore’s newest apartment towers offer posh amenities such as rooftop pools, yoga studios and dog spas, but many city renters would be content with a new washer-dryer and a bike rack — and want to pay far less.

In the shadow of several flashy projects open or underway near the Inner Harbor, where rents range from $2,000 for a small studio to $8,000 a month for the penthouse, Baltimore is seeing a steady stream of smaller, more affordable new apartment projects.

They generally ask less than $1,500 a month and cater largely to young single people new to Baltimore. They reuse commercial or industrial buildings close to where people work or go out, with tax credits and other financing making the dollars work. And some hope the projects may help offset population losses in neighborhoods elsewhere in the city that are seeing far less investment.

 

Good idea.  I just shake my head at some of the rents charged on these major developments.  Glad more affordable units can be built as well, and according to the article, they lease quickly.

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5 minutes ago, Baltimatt said:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/real-estate/bs-bz-small-apartment-buildings-20180504-story.html

 

Good idea.  I just shake my head at some of the rents charged on these major developments.  Glad more affordable units can be built as well, and according to the article, they lease quickly.

This is catching on in many locations, including Frederick. Not every apartment building needs to be awash with amenities and drive up the rent. So this is good to see. Might also help people who want to move out of their 'hood and into a decent building.

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I always thought the re-use of shipping contrainers was a good idea. 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/02/26/shipping-container-apartments/24076583/

Seems that there is a glut of these contrainers due to the trade imbalance.....many companies just leave them here....since there is nothing going back....it is cheaper to just write them off and can be purchased for a song. 

What a great idea to fill in those spaces where row homes have been demolished. IMO

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On ‎5‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 11:20 AM, Pickle20 said:

This is catching on in many locations, including Frederick. Not every apartment building needs to be awash with amenities and drive up the rent. So this is good to see. Might also help people who want to move out of their 'hood and into a decent building.

When I first moved here from NJ....my first 'apartment' was in someone's cellar. I had to provide my own hot plate and toaster oven. My amenity was that I had my own bathroom with a shower. :D

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I could see the tower going up downtown from the waterfront. I looked it up on Skyscraperpage.com and saw it was some Condo development named 411 Light St or something like that. It's some Luxury hi-rise with shopping and what not. There were online tours of the different I guess you call them Suites or whatever. Looks like a big deal but my thought was who would pay all that money to live right there? I'd give it a couple or three years and it'll wind up as Section 8 housing. I just can't see it.

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3 hours ago, Bartman said:

I could see the tower going up downtown from the waterfront. I looked it up on Skyscraperpage.com and saw it was some Condo development named 411 Light St or something like that. It's some Luxury hi-rise with shopping and what not. There were online tours of the different I guess you call them Suites or whatever. Looks like a big deal but my thought was who would pay all that money to live right there? I'd give it a couple or three years and it'll wind up as Section 8 housing. I just can't see it.

Where have you been the past coupla decades? You know there’s a resident only Ritz Cartlon here too right?

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On 5/14/2018 at 11:16 AM, Baltimatt said:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/real-estate/bs-bz-small-apartment-buildings-20180504-story.html

 

Good idea.  I just shake my head at some of the rents charged on these major developments.  Glad more affordable units can be built as well, and according to the article, they lease quickly.

Geez those rent prices.  Is Baltimore trying to surpass New York?

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On 5/20/2018 at 11:06 AM, Guido2 said:

I always thought the re-use of shipping contrainers was a good idea. 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/02/26/shipping-container-apartments/24076583/

Seems that there is a glut of these contrainers due to the trade imbalance.....many companies just leave them here....since there is nothing going back....it is cheaper to just write them off and can be purchased for a song. 

What a great idea to fill in those spaces where row homes have been demolished. IMO

True. I have been looking into container homes. Some great designs out there.  Some office buildings and homes have been built out of them in Europe. I hope it catches on here soon.

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47 minutes ago, EgyptKang said:

True. I have been looking into container homes. Some great designs out there.  Some office buildings and homes have been built out of them in Europe. I hope it catches on here soon.

There was a grass roots attempt in Baltmore to use containers....I don't know the status now....as it was a Sun article several months back. But to me....what a great thing to do to 'fill' the spaces left by demolished homes. I would imagine that if the 'capped' the utilities correctly...it would be a simple task to hookup the container homes. 

Here is a good one from the Post I found.....an op-ed....housing the homeless ....and letting them have there own space and a sense of pride.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/help-the-homeless-in-baltimore--with-shipping-containers/2018/03/16/0fb998a8-053e-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html?utm_term=.51537e2db066

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3 minutes ago, Guido2 said:

There was a grass roots attempt in Baltmore to use containers....I don't know the status now....as it was a Sun article several months back. But to me....what a great thing to do to 'fill' the spaces left by demolished homes. I would imagine that if the 'capped' the utilities correctly...it would be a simple task to hookup the container homes. 

Here is a good one from the Post I found.....an op-ed....housing the homeless ....and letting them have there own space and a sense of pride.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/help-the-homeless-in-baltimore--with-shipping-containers/2018/03/16/0fb998a8-053e-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html?utm_term=.51537e2db066

Great Idea instead of dumping them at sea (the shipping containers).

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8 minutes ago, EgyptKang said:

Great Idea instead of dumping them at sea (the shipping containers).

Glad you clarified that! :o:D

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Just now, Baltimatt said:

Glad you clarified that! :o:D

I had to cutoff the smart backsides at the knees.

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11 minutes ago, EgyptKang said:

Great Idea instead of dumping them at sea (the shipping containers).

Well the dumping into the sea (shipping containers) does help build artificial reefs that are beneficial to the ocean life. 

But from what I have seen and read there is a glut of these containers....even if both things went full steam ahead....they would never deplete them.

If I had enough property I likely would have one by now for storage. 

 

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6 minutes ago, Baltimatt said:

Glad you clarified that! :o:D

Thanks for the laugh....very good.

Now if he was talking about lawyers and murders......................................   :lol:

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8 minutes ago, Guido2 said:

Well the dumping into the sea (shipping containers) does help build artificial reefs that are beneficial to the ocean life. 

But from what I have seen and read there is a glut of these containers....even if both things went full steam ahead....they would never deplete them.

If I had enough property I likely would have one by now for storage. 

 

Most definitely for storage. The uses for the those containers are practically limitless.  I suspect a lot of mob run construction companies are against the use of containers.  They can't game the system with how long it takes to construct a building.

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15 minutes ago, Guido2 said:

Well the dumping into the sea (shipping containers) does help build artificial reefs that are beneficial to the ocean life. 

But from what I have seen and read there is a glut of these containers....even if both things went full steam ahead....they would never deplete them.

If I had enough property I likely would have one by now for storage. 

 

You could be on American Pickers once you started filling it.

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1 minute ago, stevez51 said:

You could be on American Pickers once you started filling it.

:D

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59 minutes ago, EgyptKang said:

Most definitely for storage. The uses for the those containers are practically limitless.  I suspect a lot of mob run construction companies are against the use of containers.  They can't game the system with how long it takes to construct a building.

Well I dunno about he mob....but it would cut into the kickbacks that politicians might get. :D

Like most questions about the city....and with most anything that any gooberment is involved with. My observation has been; if there is a quick, inexpensive solution....that is the last one to ever be addressed by the gooberment as an answer. 

Take Obamacare.....the obvious answer was expand Medicare. Already in place, works well and the paperwork infrasture etc. were already in place.

Did they do that?

Ahhhhh nope. 

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21 minutes ago, Guido2 said:

Well I dunno about he mob....but it would cut into the kickbacks that politicians might get. :D

Like most questions about the city....and with most anything that any gooberment is involved with. My observation has been; if there is a quick, inexpensive solution....that is the last one to ever be addressed by the gooberment as an answer. 

Take Obamacare.....the obvious answer was expand Medicare. Already in place, works well and the paperwork infrasture etc. were already in place.

Did they do that?

Ahhhhh nope. 

Geez......and this conversation WAS going great.

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1 hour ago, EgyptKang said:

Geez......and this conversation WAS going great.

Why say that. Why because I mentioned Baltimore government and all other forms of government in the same sentence?

If you note....I was the one that said there was a grass roots program in Baltimore.

Look my opinion about most govnenment is very much akin to this phrase.

To err is human.....but if you really want to screw things up ....get a computer. 

Again, that is in my opinion.

Now...maybe your experiences are different when dealing with most government entities. 

Hopefully I will find that Sun article....I seem to remember in the last paragraphs the local government was 'studying it' . :rolleyes:

So please don't go looking for something that isn't there.

Have a safe holiday. 

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