Baltimore County News
A new purpose-built auto terminal at Tradepoint Atlantic will soon welcome its first vessel to Sparrows Point. Pasha Automotive Services, a global logistics and transportation company, is leasing 21 acres for roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) operations for imported automobiles.
Initially, between 40-50 jobs will be created, with more jobs anticipated as additional site capacity is built. Pasha has the potential to expand to 150 acres at the terminal.
“Tradepoint Atlantic is rapidly living up to its potential as the most important jobs generator in the region,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “With each new tenant, we come closer to returning 10,000 jobs to Sparrows Point.”
The new terminal adds important roll-on/roll-off capacity for the Port of Baltimore and positions Sparrows Point as the East Coast location of choice for automotive processing. Fiat Chrysler vehicles will be the first imports at the Sparrows Point terminal.
Tradepoint Atlantic has invested $5 million on infrastructure upgrades such as berth improvements, security upgrades and additional roadway infrastructure for the site.
“Port related uses have been central to our vision for bringing jobs back to 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.
Baltimore County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.7% in April, a positive employment trend in Maryland’s third largest jurisdiction. The U.S. unemployment rate stands at 5%.
“More and more Baltimore County residents continue to find jobs. This upward trend signals a strengthening local economy,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We also know these numbers mean there are still people in the county looking for work. Our workforce development counselors stand ready to help with their job search.”
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.
Revised April 6, 2016