Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rite Aid Coming to Remington

A view inside the 606-sq.-ft. Lorraine model, which rents for $1,175 to $1,400.
By Craig Bettenhausen 

Remington Row, the mixed-use building nearing completion on Remington Avenue between W. 27th and W. 28th street will be anchored by a 8,000 sq. ft., full-service Rite Aid. The drugstore will be located on the W. 28th street corner.

Rumors had been circulating that the development would feature a pharmacy ever since it was announced last year that the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP) will lease the entire second floor of the building. The multispecialty medical practice is currently located in the Wyman Park Medical Center on W. 31st Street along with a pharmacy-only Rite Aid. Seawall Development, which owns Remington Row and nearby R. House, confirmed that Rite Aid is the tenant in mid-May.

Remington Row, which sits across Remington Avenue from the 7-11, will have retail on the bottom floor. Mend Acupuncture is also confirmed as a tenant, and the other slots are under negotiation now.

One hundred and eight apartments will take up the rest of the building above the retail and medical practice levels. Below ground, a garage holds around 260 parking spots for residents. Prices for the units range from $1,175 for a 1 bed 1 bath 606 sq. ft. unit to $2,100 for a 2 bed 2 bath 1,200 sq. ft. model. Around half of the apartments are already leased out, according to Seawall employees. Residents will begin moving in in July; the retail and JHCP tenants will start moving in this fall.

A block north, on the 2800 block of Remington Avenue, the renovation of the old Anderson Auto Body into a food hall named R. House is to open in late 2016. Seawall describes R. House as “an incubator for innovative food concepts.”

The main floor of R. House will have a large common seating area ringed by 10 stalls where a variety of chefs will ply their trade. Seawall will operate a bar in that same space. Three food concepts have been announced so far:

Stall 11, by chef Melanie Molinaro, will serve up locally sourced vegetarian cuisine styled after street food along with fresh juices and small-batch goods.

Ground & Griddled, by chef Dave Sherman, will focus on eggs sandwiches and coffee as well as lunch and weekend brunch.

ARBA, by chef Farid Salloum, will have classic Mediterranean street food such as falafel and shawarma alongside adventurous meals like grilled octopus salad.

Above the food hall area, R. House will also contain offices and Movement Lab, a fitness studio that will offer a range of classes and activities for all ages, body types, and ability levels.

Outside of Parts & Labor, workers are reconfiguring the intersection of W. 26th street and Howard Avenue to install a public patio and firepit. The firepit will be managed and maintained by P&L staff and diners will have use of the seating, but the patio and firepit are public amenities that anyone can use at will.

Hampden’s Old Bank Barbers will open a second location in a corner store building owned by Seawall at the intersection of Lorraine Avenue and Howard Street. A basic men’s haircut at the current location is $17.

In non-Seawall news, a new unisex hair salon signed a lease at 2801 Huntingdon ave. on May 11.

And finally, a STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering, and math) daycare center is slated to open its doors in June at Guardian Angel. Leap-a-Level learning center is a separate entity from the church and will be located on the lower level, where Headstart used to be. Basic tuition for a three-year-old is $160/week. Applications are open now. For more information, visit or call (443) 961-4446.

Below: Photos from the Remington Row open house.