Baltimore County News
Baltimore County Office of Communications
New Middle River jobs, residents and businesses continue their move to the crossroads of I-95 and Maryland Route 43 in eastern Baltimore County. Baltimore Crossroads, a 1,000 acre business community between White Marsh and the Middle River waterfront, already has attracted key companies such as Social Solutions, Synagro, Danfoss, Pevco, BGE HOME, Atlantic Design and Breakthru Beverage Maryland. Over 2,500 people work in Baltimore Crossroads, with 10,000 jobs expected when development is completed.
Here’s a mid-year snapshot.
Shovels in the ground for new $750 million development
Construction is underway for Greenleigh at Crossroads, a signature $750 million live-work-play community along Maryland Route 43.
“Greenleigh is placemaking at its best,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Greenleigh’s design and mix of homes, amenities and offices 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 rail station just down the road. Residents can walk or bike to the waterfront. This is the perfect complement to the business development already in Baltimore Crossroads.”
The 200-acre development incorporates many new urbanism design elements including a compact walkable design; a mix of shops, offices, apartments and homes; pedestrian-scaled neighborhoods and a network of open spaces for more walking and less driving.
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.
St. John Properties, Somerset Construction and Elm Street Development are developing the project.
RPM Goes Bigger
With a roster of food-industry clients, RPM Warehouse, a division of RPM Consolidated Services, Inc., moved to Baltimore Crossroads in January 2016. By April, they were ready to add more space for their logistics, warehousing and transportation business. RPM now fills a full 435,000 square foot building. Chesapeake Real Estate Group specifically designed the building to support the needs of large warehouse and distribution clients. The building design includes expansive and secured truck courts, high ceilings, state-of-the-art sprinkler systems. Especially important in food handling, the HVAC/ventilation system achieves over three air changes per hour.
More BGE HOME
BGE HOME headquarters just plain ran out of space. This fall, they’ll be expanding into additional office and warehouse space on Tangier Drive. The company, which provides heating and cooling products and services, finds their location near I-95 and Route 40 ideal for servicing business and residential customers throughout the Baltimore region.
Meanwhile, less than a mile away
A 60 x 115 foot outdoor skating rink, more restaurants and outdoor dining, new fountains and fire pits are part of Federal Realty Investment Trust’s multi-million dollar renovation of The Avenue at White Marsh.
Plus, iFLY indoor sky diving opens this fall.
Can’t wait to see what’s next!
Baltimore County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4% in May, down from April's revised rate of 4.6%, a positive employment trend in Maryland’s third largest jurisdiction. The U.S. unemployment rate stands at 4.5%.
“Baltimore County has not seen the unemployment rate this low since May, 2008. Economic indicators continue to show that companies are hiring,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
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.
Revised April 6, 2016