Mill No. 1

3000 Falls Road, (410) 327-3200, millno1.com

For so many years, Fallsway was just an alt route to get from Hampden to Station North, or vice versa. Along the way, it was impossible not to notice the huge stone and brick structures that once housed functioning mills, which used the once-mighty Jones Falls as a power source and until recently stood unused or underused, and which was even more recently fenced off for development. All the construction that's been going on is finally about to pay off, with a truly gorgeous mixed-use facility-mostly residential, with some office and two retail (restaurant) spaces, and even an environmental lab available for use by local schools. All this on what is probably Baltimore's last untouched waterfront real estate, overlooking a particularly wild-looking section of the Jones Falls. Seriously, it's almost like being in the middle of a state park. The best part about this development, in the midst of a veritable development boom in Baltimore? Reuse of an existing structure-sadly a real rarity in this city. The developer, Terra Nova Ventures LLC, and architecture team Alexander Design Studio, have managed to successfully wrangle an enormous rehab project, even using existing materials, like original lumber and hardware in interior trim along the hallways and in residential-unit kitchens. Kudos.

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