BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s a bold new plan to change the skyline at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. A developer wants to build one of Maryland’s tallest buildings–a luxury apartment high-rise some 45-stories tall.

Christie Ileto has more on the plan in the works.

Baltimore’s skyline is about to change. City officials say Pikesville developer Questar Properties is drawing up plans to build one of the city’s largest residential towers, nearing heights of the Transamerica Tower.

“The proposal is a big deal,” said Laurie Schwartz, Waterfront Partnership.

For starters, location is prime. Torn down decades ago, the site of the former McCormick spice factory is being eyed for the tower to stand between 40 to 45 stories, just under 500 feet and will house almost 370 residencies.

It’s something Schwartz says will draw people back to the heart of downtown.

“With accessibility for people living there to walk to the symphony, to walk to the Lyric, have more choices of where to go for dinner,” Schwartz said.

Like the Rusty Scupper–an Inner Harbor staple not far from the proposed site.

“It took years and years for this side of the harbor to develop. It’s going to be great for business. Anything that brings more residents to downtown is good for the tax base,” said Ed Prutzer, Rusty Scupper general manager.

For years, developers proposed several projects at the site of the former McCormick spice factory. Right now, it’s being used as a parking lot.

There are no details on the design–only that a Chicago architecture firm known for designing national paradigms will draft the blueprint.

“This will be an iconic building on the west side of the harbor,” Schwartz said.

It could add to the harbor’s already grand skyline.

Plans for the building will be presented to city officials sometime next week.

The developer is hoping to break ground by the end of the year.

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