Sharp-eyed commuters have noticed work underway on the Arctic Freezer building in recent weeks. The bombed-out appearing eyesore, next to the I-190 in the Cobblestone District with the faded Coffee Rich logo and trees growing on the roof, is getting an overdue makeover. It has been giving travelers a terrible first impression of downtown for too long.
Ellicott Development has owned the eight-story, 120,000 sq.ft., Scott Street property since 2001. The development company paid $20,000 for the building also known as The Fairmont Creamery. It is located across from the stalled casino project, adjacent to the pioneering Lofts @ Elk Terminal, and just a few long blocks from the inner harbor.
A number of reuse options have been floated for the former cold storage facility over the years including residential lofts and a hotel. So what is planned for nearly windowless building that could offer amazing downtown skyline views? Ellicott Development would not say. However, word around downtown is that Ellicott has signed, or is close to signing, a tenant for offices in the building. An announcement is said to be “imminent.”
Workers have been gutting the structure and recently removed windows on the building’s east façade.