22 Light Street in downtown Baltimore has transformed from an iconic 1905 warehouse into an affordable housing complex. Originally built as a “heavy warehouse” for Hunter Rye Company, the building has served various roles over the years, including as the Baltimore Oriole Cafeteria during the Depression and later as office space. Now rebranded as 22 Light Apartments, the building offers 40 affordable units targeted at residents with incomes between 30% and 60% of the area’s median income. The renovated space features a modern lobby, a fitness center, and a community party room. This project is part of the city’s larger initiative to balance the high-rent, luxury units that have dominated the downtown landscape in recent years. Situated at one of the busiest corners at Light and Lombard streets, this six-story building continues to be a cornerstone of the community, also hosting a 7-Eleven store at ground level.
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