Four Ten Lofts
Four Ten Lofts
In 2017, during the construction phase of our recently completed Sojourner Place at Argyle Avenue project, it became apparent that Episcopal Housing, French Development and Healthcare for the Homeless had created a symbiosis that would allow us to pursue more ambitious undertakings. Four Ten Lofts will be the second venture for this partnership. French Development and EHC will be building 78 units of affordable and market rate housing in the heart of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District. Fifty of the units will be marketed to artists as part of the continued strategic effort to create Baltimore’s third state-designated arts and entertainment district. Artists residing at Four Ten Lofts will not only pay below market rate rents but will be eligible for income tax incentives. Twenty of the units will be used for permanent supportive housing focusing on formerly homeless individuals. Healthcare for the Homeless will be providing supportive services. Finally, eight units will be market rate.
The site is comprised of three contiguous parcels all of which are currently being used for surface parking. Four Ten Lofts, LLC will construct two buildings on the site creating a mixed-use, mixed-income development. The larger of the two buildings will be a five-story multi-family building of one, two and three bedroom floor plans with amenity spaces and covered parking for 35 vehicles. The second, smaller building will be three stories and have eight apartments above a ground floor gallery and artists space with covered parking for 10 vehicles.
EHC and French Development feel strongly that there is a market for additional artists housing in the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District where new DIY venues and other creative spaces are gaining a critical mass. Development pressures in the District are real as new market-rate development in surrounding blocks and the creation of new artists housing with amenity spaces appealing to arts users is critical to preventing the displacement that often accompanies market-driven redevelopment. Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Safe Artists Working Spaces Task Force has recognized the inherent benefits of attracting and retaining the creative class and the need for safe, code compliant and permanently affordable living and working spaces for this growing population.
In 2012, the State of Maryland approved authorizing legislation for the creation of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District. The Bromo Tower District is the third such district to be recognized in Baltimore City. One of the reasons that the Bromo Tower District was created was to leverage and build on the presence of artists and arts venues that were already in existence. The principals in French have owned and managed one of the most iconic buildings in Baltimore’s arts scene for nearly twenty years. The H&H building, at 424 N. Eutaw Street, is adjacent and just north of the parking lots that are the subject of this proposal. Although the H&H building is not a subject of this project, it has demonstrated over the years the contribution that the arts community can make to revitalization efforts on Baltimore’s Westside.
New artists housing has been successful in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and French and Episcopal Housing have reason to believe that this project in the Bromo Tower District will be attractive to artists and designers who want to be part of Baltimore’s growing art scene.