Preliminary Site Plan
The Preliminary Site Plan, Exhibit D, [below] shows the proposed reuses for 12 areas in the Downtown District. Each plan is described below:
- The Lansdowne Shopping Center at 24 W. Baltimore Avenue is recommended to be redeveloped as a three-story mixed-use retail center with residential apartments on the upper two floors. The building will front both Baltimore Avenue and also Lansdowne Avenue, with the frontage on Baltimore Avenue proposed to be 100 feet and Lansdowne Avenue to be 40 feet. The ground floor portion of the building would be 34,000 SF, and the upper two floors would be adequate to support 68 dwelling units. The site would provide enough parking for the residents in the rear of the building and shared parking between the shoppers and employees in front of the building.
It is also recommended that a public plaza be developed on Baltimore Avenue that is approximately 60 x 60, adjacent to the existing office building.
This plan recognizes that, consistent with current zoning, the three-story office building could be reused as a mixed-use building with residential units on the upper floors and offices below.
- The old bank building at 2 S. Lansdowne Avenue is proposed for redevelopment through rehabilitation.
- The Lansdowne Plaza at 3 N. Lansdowne Avenue is proposed to be redeveloped as mixed-use with retail on the ground floor and apartments above, all tolled measuring approximately 90x 115. The building would be designed in such a way as to emphasize site lines to shops and public spaces in the core retail area. Design guidelines should require that there be storefronts along Lansdowne Avenue and along the pedestrian walkways that lead to the reconfigured parking lot (described in the Street Layouts and Proposed Traffic Regulations section below). This plan also recommends that a public plaza be developed at least 30 in depth from Baltimore Avenue. The lands behind the buildings between 17 and 27 N. Lansdowne Avenue are recommended to be added to the overall redevelopment of this block for parking and pedestrian and vehicular circulation.
- The former 7-Eleven at 7 E. Baltimore Avenue is proposed to be redeveloped as a 40 x 80 retail building and public plaza. The retail building would have significant landscaping and a pedestrian walkway provided along the west side of the building. On the east side of the site at N. Highland and Baltimore Avenues, a public plaza is recommended at a minimum depth of 30 off Baltimore Avenue.
- The municipal lot behind the 7-Eleven is proposed to be redeveloped as a 100x 150 retail store and a shared parking lot.
- The Lansdowne Theater is proposed to be redeveloped through rehabilitation. The rear of the theater is recommended to be redeveloped as a cultural center, which would be tied in with the reconfigured parking lot and pedestrian circulation system noted in the Street Layouts and Proposed Traffic Regulations section below.
- The vacant and underutilized commercial structures from 16 to 26 S. Highland Avenue and 29 Madison Avenue and the vacant lot on 27 Madison Avenue are recommended for redevelopment as apartments, which would be consistent with the style of structures found between N. Wycombe and Rigby Avenues on the north side of Baltimore Avenue. This three-story building would be approximately 40 x 90 and would have about 10 dwelling units.
- The lands between 38 and 58 E. Baltimore Avenue, 14 S. Wycombe Avenue, and 5 to 19 S. Highland Avenue are proposed for reuse as four residential apartment buildings and two mixed-used buildings that are consistent with the massing and style of the units found in the block between Wycombe and Rigby Avenues on Baltimore Avenue. The two mixed-use buildings would be set back from Baltimore Avenue by 25 and would be approximately 125 wide fronting on Baltimore and 64 deep. The three-story buildings each would have approximately 8,000 SF of retail or office on the ground floor and 16 apartments on the upper floors. The four residential buildings each would be approximately 64x 100 and would be set back 25 off the roadways. Each of these residential buildings would have approximately 19 dwelling units. The site would be heavily landscaped and parking would be available on lots in the interior of the block.
- The vacant building at 55 E. Baltimore Avenue and the auto lot and repair shop at 59 E. Baltimore are recommended to be redeveloped as a three-story, mixed-use building with retail or office on the ground floor and apartments above. The structure would be set back 25 from Baltimore Avenue and would be consistent with the style of the historic buildings one block east. This new development would have nearly 9,000 SF of commercial space and 16 dwelling units.
- The dry cleaner at 61 E. Baltimore Avenue is recommended to be redeveloped as mixed-use, with retail or office on the ground floor and residential above. The former funeral home at 65 E. Baltimore Avenue is recommended to be redeveloped
through rehabilitation as mixed-use, with office or retail on the ground floor and residential above. Alternatively, if rehabilitation proves to be infeasible, the site could be integrated with the dry cleaner at 61 E. Baltimore Avenue to create a single, larger mixed-use property. This building would be set back 25 from Baltimore Avenue and would be consistent with the style recommended on the west side of Wycombe Avenue.
- The auto sales lot at 100 &102 E. Baltimore Avenue is proposed for redevelopment as office or retail and should be set back 25 from Baltimore Avenue rear parking lot.
- The southwest corner between Maple and Union Avenues on Baltimore Avenue is proposed for rehab or redevelopment for retail, office, or light industrial use.
- The auto body shop at 22 N. Union Avenue at La Crosse Avenue is recommended to be redeveloped as general commercial or retail.
- The so-called EPA site at 40 S. Union Avenue is proposed for redevelopment as general commercial or light industrial.