South Baltimore and the Federal Hill neighborhood are among the fastest growing hotspots in the Baltimore metro area. This week, we’re bringing you some of the biggest changes in the South Baltimore business scene, from restaurants to attractions and more! Here’s what’s happening this month.
Major Renovation at The National Aquarium
One of the Inner Harbor’s best attractions, The National Aquarium, is getting a major facelift in the form of a huge renovation project. “We see this as an opportunity for a second renaissance for Baltimore’s harbor, by creating not only a commercially thriving place, but also one that is thriving in terms of its health and green space, and as a habitat for animals and humans to enjoy themselves,” said John Racanelli, CEO of The National Aquarium. Of the reported $14 million the renovation is expected to cost, Racanelli says the aquarium has already been successful in raising half of the needed funds. From The Baltimore Sun:
Three years from now, a green oasis of floating wetlands, bay grasses and terraced edges leading down to the water will greet visitors to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, under a plan unveiled today by officials of the National Aquarium.
The green space, phase 1 in a wide-ranging “campus revitalization” plan aquarium officials hope will see the institution though to the next century, would bring vegetation, interactive exhibits, kayaking, picnic spaces and other educational activities to the water and waterfront between piers 3 and 4, in the middle of the aquarium’s campus off Pratt Street. The 2.5-acre area would be free and open to the public. Plans call for work to begin by the end of this year, with completion set for 2019.