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Proposed Hampden Apartment Variances Approved

A major hurdle to begin the development of the 10-unit apartment building has been cleared.

A city zoning board approved variances needed to build a proposed 10-unit apartment building in Hampden.

The Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals approved the variances following a hearing on Tuesday.

The proposed development at 3400 Roland Avenue could be built by right, but developer Joseph Rabinowitz was seeking variances to allow him to build closer to the street to keep the height of the building in line with surrounding rowhomes.

Nearby neighbors and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke because they argued it will create too much density, add to parking problems and argued it was unsafe because it would restrict the access of firefighters to an alley that runs behind the proposed apartment.

But the Hampden Community Council voted last month to support the variances.   

Daniel Ewald July 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
So long as the variances discussed at the meeting last month are followed (proper storm water, similar appearance to rowhome neighbors, green space) it'll be better than what was originally proposed. Still would prefer the lot was left undeveloped though.
barbara chilcoat July 11, 2012 at 05:49 PM
i live on the 3400 block of hickory ave as is there is hardly any parking because of the businesses on 36th street by addind the apartment buildings that will eliminate parking for us all together. where are we the community suppose to park our vehicles when we get off work if there is no parking in the neighborhood for the residents. just asking as a resident with parking issues now.
Adam Bednar (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
The developer is building 12 parking spaces into the unit. But some neighbors don't believe that will be enough.
Kerry Craven July 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM
The units have been designed as 8 two bedroom......as many as four can live in those units, and 2 one bedroom, with possibly two residents per unit totals 40 additional residents.......yes, the developer has to provide a specific number of spaces and have added one additional, with I believe is 10. Add potentially 30 cars and you have an enormous deficit to the already challenging parking issue. More than the parking issue is the extremely non-conforming design, and the density issue.......
JA July 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Well Hickory and Roland Ave residents maybe it's time for a residential parking zone. We would absorb a $25.00 a year fee but we would have a recourse for parking in the neighborhood where we own our homes.
Stephanie Owen-Serritella July 12, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I also think it's time for residential parking permits.
Andre Stone July 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I guess I don't understand this viewpoint. It's well documented that vacant lots are magnets for drug dealing, prostitution, violence, etc. I've walked through this lot a couple times and have witnessed drug use, dealing and tripped over needles. It that's the kind of community you want to live in, you have dozens of choices here in Baltimore. I think Hampden should be fortunate that there are developers willing to do infill development...it is probably the only neighborhood in the city that can do development without massive taxpayer funded subsidies.

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