Ellicott Development is indeed gutting the Fairmont Creamery (aka Arctic Freezer) building in the Cobblestone District. Hat tip to BR commenter ‘eyepharded’ who reported the work was underway in yesterday’s The Inner Harbor thread. A quick trip by Queenseyes to the property Monday afternoon confirmed the presence of dumpsters and porta-potties. Reached late yesterday, Carl Paladino said they are “gutting the interior in preparation for living accommodations.”
The eight-story brick building located at 199 Scott Street was built in 1920 and has been vacant since the mid-1990’s. Containing approximately 122,000 square feet, the building is the tallest structure in the Cobblestone District and is adjacent to the 70-unit Lofts @ Elk Terminal. It was the long-time home of The Fairmont Creamery and later used by Rich Products for refrigerated storage. A fire damaged the structure in June 1996 and its upper-floor windows remained open to the elements.
A residential conversion project was proposed by Ellicott for Fairmont and the H-O Oats complex on Perry Street shortly after he acquired both properties several years ago. H-O Oats was demolished to make way for the planned permanent Seneca casino. It is unknown whether the Fairmont will be rental or condominium. Pre-sales at the developer’s Waterfront Place condominium and townhouse project have been strong.
Entry image credit: Queenseyes.