Opponents of the Harborplace Plan Hope to Get an Alternative Charter Amendment on the Ballot

Supporters of a sweeping makeover plan for Baltimore’s downtown tourist waterfront say they’ll take their proposal to voters in November, but opponents hoping to neutralize them are preparing a City Charter amendment of their own.

The alternative proposal would target the most controversial element of the plan – two luxury apartment towers that developer P. David Bramble wants to erect on the water’s edge at Harborplace, an area currently occupied by two low-level pavilions surrounded by public space enshrined in the City Charter.

“We have an existing charter that allows the two pavilions to occupy the public park. This would amend the charter to explicitly say that no new apartments or office buildings can be allowed in the area,” said developer David Tufaro.