One Light Street is a new 775,000-square-foot, 28-story mixed-use tower on a downtown site that had been vacant since 2000.

After recently building 10 Light Street, Madison Properties was looking at adjacent properties to redevelop in the area, coinciding with M&T Bank’s search for a new location for its regional headquarters. Thus, One Light Street came about through a shared commitment to the revitalization of Baltimore (nicknamed Charm City by locals) and to attracting a diverse, millennial community and workforce.

Sheathed in a dramatic glass curtain-wall, the development aims to reinvigorate Baltimore’s historic central business district through distinctive design and creation of a vibrant live/work environment. The building offers nine floors of modern, virtually column-free office space topped by 280 luxury apartments with sweeping views of the Inner Harbor and Baltimore skyline, as well as ground floor retail and structured parking.

Leading the design, AECOM’s architecture and engineering team worked with the developer to configure the right balance of uses for the three-quarter-acre site. One Light Street’s mix of uses and environmental improvements create activity and breathe new life into this neglected area of Charm City.