Baltimore County News
New Middle River jobs, residents and businesses are coming to eastern Baltimore County as construction begins for Greenleigh at Crossroads, a $750 million mixed-use community along Maryland Route 43.
The 200-acre development incorporates many new urbanism design elements including a compact design where you can walk to work, shop or play; a mix of shops, offices, apartments and homes; pedestrian-scaled neighborhoods and a network of open spaces for more walking and less driving.
Placemaking at its best
“Greenleigh is placemaking at its best,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Greenleigh’s design and mix of homes will attract young professionals who want to live in a 21st century lifestyle community near their jobs. I-95 is minutes away, with the Middle River MARC station just down the road. Residents can bike to the waterfront. This is the perfect complement to the business development already in Baltimore Crossroads.”
St. John Properties, Somerset Construction and Elm Street Development are the developers of the $750 million project off Maryland Route 43 in Middle River.
When completed, Greenleigh at Crossroads will include about 1,500 single family homes, townhomes, apartments and condo units; 428,000 square feet of office space in three new mid-rise office buildings and four single-story office buildings that are already completed; 128,000 square feet of new retail space; a 120 room Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel plus walking trails, parks and places to gather.
“Greenleigh will be a tremendous addition to all that White Marsh and Middle River has to offer. It will be a great live-work-play community and I’m excited to move it forward,” said Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.
Office, home construction underway
In May, St. John Properties begins construction on a three-story commercial office building and Elm Street Development starts building the single-family houses and townhomes, with models expected to open in spring 2017. This fall, Somerset Construction begins building The Berkleigh, an ultra-luxury apartment community featuring 317 residential units. A Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel starts construction late fall 2016.
“We thoughtfully and carefully designed this new live-work-play community to create a 24-hour environment. It includes best-in-class offices and retail that satisfy the day-to-day needs of business people and residents,” said Ed St. John, Chairman of St. John Properties.
St. John Properties, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore County, was founded in 1971 and has developed and owns more than 17 million square feet of R&D/flex, office, retail and warehouse space in Maryland and seven other states. They have built 20 buildings at Baltimore Crossroads, the 1,000 acre mixed-use business community between White Marsh and Middle River.
People-centered approach to design
“Greenleigh at Crossroads incorporates a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces,” stated Mike Caruthers, Principal of Somerset Construction. “We intend to develop a distinguished, one-of-a-kind community.”
Somerset Construction Company developed The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads, a 365-unit luxury apartment complex that was the first residential development in Baltimore Crossroads.
Elm Street Development, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, has created more than 39,000 residential lots in more than 250 communities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region since 1977. The single-family homes in Greenleigh at Crossroads will be constructed by Williamsburg Homes. Ryan Homes and NV Homes will build different varieties of townhomes, plus a community center, outdoor pool and community open space.
Jobs and new business at Baltimore Crossroads
Greenleigh at Crossroads is the next development phase of Baltimore Crossroads, a 1,000-acre mixed-use business community between White Marsh and the Middle River waterfront in eastern Baltimore County. Key companies in Baltimore Crossroads include Social Solutions, Synagro, Danfoss, Pevco, BGE HOME, Atlantic Design and Breakthru Beverage Maryland (formerly Reliable Churchill). Over 2,500 people currently work in Baltimore Crossroads, with 10,000 jobs expected when development is completed.
Sparrows Point could become the East Coast hub for renewable wind energy. Baltimore County has applied for a federal grant to support infrastructure upgrades at the former Sparrows Point shipyard to accommodate assembly, fabrication and shipping for the offshore wind industry.
“It’s critical that we support sources of clean, renewable energy – for our health, to protect our fragile environment and increase energy independence. From an economic standpoint, Baltimore County can lead the way as the center for a new clean energy industry that builds, assembles and distributes offshore wind products,” said Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz. “We’re talking new jobs, new investment and leadership in a new American industry.”
Construction and permanent jobs
If the $26 million federal grant is approved, the WIND START project could bring as many as 1,200 construction jobs and over 900 permanent jobs to the Sparrows Point peninsula.
The project could jumpstart Baltimore County as the Atlantic hub for assembling and shipping the blades, towers, generators and cables necessary for offshore windmills.
The grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation makes the case for the WIND START intermodal transportation project on 15-acres of the Sparrows Point peninsula. Sparrows Point Shipyard LLC and their partner US Wind would upgrade piers and bulkheads, staging areas and ship-to-road access to support offshore wind development.
Clean energy in the Sparrows Point Partnership vision
“We’re competing for new business and jobs wherever we can. Clean energy has been part of our vision for Sparrows Point since 2013, when the County’s Sparrows Point Partnership developed a blueprint for maximizing the potential for this unique peninsula. No single East Coast location has the same level of waterfront, large storage areas and transportation access as the Sparrows Point peninsula,” added Kamenetz.
The Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development submitted the application for the 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
CareFirst, one of the largest health and wellness companies in the region, is also one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Over 2,200 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield workers are based in Owings Mills.
That’s the good news. The even better news is that CareFirst has renewed seven leases that will keep many of the company’s key operations in Baltimore County through 2028.
CareFirst offices are at the center of a booming Owings Mills, along Red Run Boulevard and overlooking Metro Centre at Owings Mills, the soon-to-be-redeveloped mall property, new apartments and townhomes and near the Foundry Row development and Stevenson University. The convenience of interstate and Metro at their doorstep, exciting new restaurants and shopping, a public library and community college center and a Class-A business community make for a great place to work.
So as you come off the Owings Mills exit at I-795, look toward the high rise offices at the town center. Then give a wave and a thank you to CareFirst for its long-term commitment to Baltimore County.
You’ll be seeing the CareFirst logo in Owings Mills for many years to come.
Revised April 6, 2016