City design panel OKs Harbor East Hyatt Place

 Digital Producer
Baltimore Business Journal
Jan 24, 2013, 1:47pm EST

The city’s design panel signed off on the new Harbor East Hyatt Place Thursday.

The Planning Commission’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel recommended final approval for the 130,000-square-foot hotel proposed for Harbor East. Projects that receive the go-ahead from UDARP must go in front of the Planning Commission before being fully approved.
But the Harbor East Hyatt Place is in the final planning stages, as construction is scheduled to begin on the 208-room hotel containing approximately 14,000 square feet of retail space by May, said Ken Finkelstein, a Bethesda real estate developer behind the project.

Finkelstein, president of Bethesda’s Englewood LLC, first unveiled plans in November to redevelop the former Bohager warehouse in Harbor East into an eight-story hotel. Architecture firm Cooper Carry of Alexandria, Va., and Finkelstein then presented plans to the UDARP panel in November without revealing the name of the hotel brand.

Final plans for the hotel include signage for the Hyatt on the sloped structure above the hotel, as well as above the street entrance. The hotel will contain retail on the first floor, a second-floor parking garage and rooms on the third floor and above.

Construction should be finished on the Harbor East Hyatt Place by the summer of 2014, Finkelstein said.

The city design panel was effusive in its praise for the final version of the project.

“I think its going to be a wonderful addition to the area,” UDARP member Gary A. Bowden said.

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