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.
Major Transportation Link Supports Economic Development
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially open Campbell Boulevard Phase 2, a major transportation link from Route 40 to Bird River Road that will, in coming years, help connect White Marsh Boulevard to Philadelphia Road, improve traffic flow and support economic development in an already expanding area.
“This one-mile section of new road is a major infrastructure addition for the community and the County. It will relieve congestion at key intersections – such as Middle River Road and Route 40 – and provide greater access for residents and business,” Kamenetz said.
The new section of roadway, which was officially opened at today’s 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, was built in three stages beginning in the spring of 2014. The completed Phase 2 is three lanes wide and cost $6.8 million for engineering, land acquisition and construction. It is just under one mile long, and includes a 220-foot long bridge over White Marsh Run, 3,000 feet of water main and sidewalks.
Campbell Boulevard will run for three miles when the full scope of the plan is realized. The project will include three bridges, water utilities, improved storm water management, sidewalks and numerous intersection improvements.
Direct Interaction with Residents and Leaders
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will host a community forum as part of an ongoing effort to interact directly with Baltimore County residents and community leaders.
The latest "Coffee with Kevin" will be held for communities in the Essex-Middle River area. The Coffee will take place October 7, at the Essex Senior Center, located at 600 Dorsey Avenue, from 10 to 11 a.m. The meeting is open to the public without pre-registration and coffee and donuts will be provided. The County Executive regularly hosts these gatherings in communities all around the beltway. This marks the 9th Coffee with Kevin held over the past two years.
"These meetings have really been great," said Kamenetz. "Our county has so many outstanding communities, and each one of them has an individual character that makes it unique. I learn something every time we meet.”
Increasing Transparency and Responsiveness
These forums are part of Baltimore County's ongoing efforts to increase transparency and responsiveness in government. The County is using social media to communicate directly with the public through Facebook and Twitter, as well as publishing a regular blog, Baltimore County Now, to share current and timely information with citizens. "Social media is increasingly where people go for up to the minute news and information. We encourage everyone to stay connected with County government online and through social media," concluded the County Executive.
Revised April 6, 2016