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Christopher Myers

Best Development Project That Should Be Happening But Isn�t: Fells Point Recreation Pier Hotel

Best Development Project that Should Be Happening But Isn’t

Fells Point Recreation Pier Hotel

Last year, the City of Baltimore sold the 500-foot Recreation Pier in Fells Point to a development team comprised of H&S Properties, headed by bakery magnate John Paterakis and J. Joseph Clarke, husband of City Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke (D-14th District). The sale was intended to spur on the long-delayed plan, first agreed to in 2003, to build a hotel on the pier. Still, nothing has happened. At the time of the sale, restoration was expected to begin as soon as the pier’s sole remaining tenant—Moran Towing Corp.—was relocated, which happened in May 2010. Today, there are still no signs of work at the site. The ambitious plan, which calls for a $35 million, 132-room Aloft hotel with a restaurant, has been an empty pledge so far, leaving a deteriorating, disappointing gap in the middle of one of the city’s most dynamic tourist draws,

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