Baltimore County Now
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.
Rick Johnson, Business Development Representative, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
It’s sometimes hard to say why a certain area seems to suddenly become hot for new business activity. In the case of White Marsh and Middle River, the attraction is clear: availability of industrially-zoned land, easy access to Interstate 95, Rte. 43, and Pulaski Highway, and opportunities to find or construct the perfect building that not only meets a company’s needs today, but allows room to grow.
The past few months have seen big momentum for these eastern Baltimore County business communities. Here’s a snapshot of what’s new and what’s on the horizon in White Marsh Middle River.
Bottling Group, LLC, a division of PepsiCo, Inc. inked a lease for 25,400 square feet in a new 60,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility under construction in the White Marsh Business Park. By mid-2015, you can expect trucks to start moving products such as Pepsi, 7-Up and Gatorade out of the new facility and onto the interstate. With high demand for warehouse distribution space, there’s room to double the warehouse space at this transportation-advantage site.
After searching for more than five years, Reliable Churchill, the state’s largest spirits distributor, opened a new 449,000-square-foot office-warehouse complex off Tangier Drive in the Crossroads @95 complex. Kevin Dunn, Reliable Churchill's CEO, said that "the building and the location are a perfect match. Our new office and warehouse operation is just minutes from I-95 and gives us the space we need to grow and be more efficient. The move to Baltimore County has allowed us to continue deliveries to our customers throughout the region without interruption." More than 500 workers made the move with Reliable Churchill from Anne Arundel County to Middle River.
Vac Pac, a family-owned custom food packaging manufacturer, has moved to Middle River, purchasing a 46,000 square foot building on Middle River Road. Vac Pac designs, prints and manufactures specialized bags and pouches for bakery, poultry, meat, seafood, and industrial applications. Founded in 1949, Vac Pac is a leader in high temperature packaging, holding patents for bag design and enjoys a close partnership with Reynolds Industrial Films. Vac Pac exports finished products around the world through partnerships in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. “We are looking forward to a vast increase in operational efficiency, and the excellent location will help us serve our local, national, and global customers more effectively, said Matt Tary, President of Vac Pac. “This facility will serve as our center piece for continued expansion and development into new products and new markets. We are also incredibly grateful for the continued support of Baltimore County. Our whole team is excited and looking forward to the move.”
Cheseapeake Real Estate Group has two buildings under construction along Route 43 in the Crossroads @95 business park. A 435,000 square foot Class A building on Tangier Drive will feature ample car and trailer parking. A 100,685 square foot warehouse and distribution building at 11501 Pocomoke Court is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Carpet Consultants, a provider of residential and commercial flooring products, has signed a lease for approximately 18,000 square feet of space. The company, which markets a full range of products including carpeting, hardwood, laminate, tile and stone, intends to relocate its entire operation to the new building.
St. John Properties Inc. is nearing completion of a 51,000 SF Class A flex building at 11630 Crossroads Circle. The location is scheduled for occupancy by March, 2015. St. John anticipates breaking ground on two more office and flex buildings in 2015.
“The business mo” just keeps moving forward.