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Gotham Greens, a national pioneer in high-tech urban farming, is opening a 100,000 square foot greenhouse facility at Tradepoint Atlantic, bringing 60 full-time jobs to the site of a former steel mill. Baltimore will be the third market for the growing ag-tech company, following New York and Chicago.

“Gotham Greens represents a new generation of jobs at Sparrows Point,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Gotham Greens’ decision to locate at Tradepoint Atlantic is another step toward bringing 17,000 quality jobs to eastern Baltimore County and the region.”

Gotham Greens’ Baltimore County facility will grow fresh produce for restaurants, grocers and food service companies in the mid-Atlantic region. The climate controlled hydroponic greenhouse will be powered by 100% renewable electricity and use recycled irrigation water that yields more than 30 times that of conventional farms, with higher levels of food safety and environmental sustainability.

Photo credit: Gotham Greens and Julie McMahon

“Today marks a true milestone in the continuing revitalization of Sparrows Point. A community synonymous with the production of steel will now be home to a leading agriculture tech firm, producing locally-grown premium produce while bringing green jobs to the community,” said Eric Gilbert, Chief Development Officer of Tradepoint Atlantic.

“Urban agriculture, at its core, is about reconnecting with the community through food, jobs and economic development. To that end, we’ve found a great partner and are proud to be part of the American industrial turnaround story taking place at Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Viraj Puri, Co-Founder and CEO of Gotham Greens.

Gotham Greens is expected to open at Tradepoint Atlantic in early 2019.

Economic and Jobs Impact

An economic impact report projects Tradepoint Atlantic will generate 17,000 jobs in the Baltimore region, plus another 21,000 jobs during construction. Economic impact is projected to top $3 billion when development of the 3,100 acre site is completed in 2025, according to the Sage Policy Group study.

“There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon at full development, but jobs already are coming back to Sparrows Point from world class companies including FedEx Ground and Under Armour,” added Kamenetz.


Baltimore County has been awarded a $20 million federal grant for infrastructure improvements and expansion of aging marine facilities at Tradepoint Atlantic. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant will be matched by private investment from Tradepoint Atlantic, developer of 3,100 acres at Sparrows Point.

“This public/private infrastructure investment will ignite job creation in Baltimore County and the entire region by speeding up the turnaround of Sparrows Point from a shuttered steelmaking site into a modern hub for global commerce,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

With funding from the TIGER grant, Tradepoint Atlantic will make structural upgrades to the East-West Berth, modernize it for efficient movement of 21st century cargo, strengthen bulkheads, perform maintenance dredging to allow deep water ships access to the marine terminal, and other necessary improvements designed to leverage existing rail and highway systems on the site.

The investments in dredging, a stronger berth, and short line rail track will facilitate efficient and safe loading and unloading, reducing handling costs for shippers using the facility.

“By partnering with Baltimore County to secure this federal grant for infrastructure investment, we can continue our commitment to creating a first-class facility dedicated to increasing long term job creation in the Baltimore region and lowering prices of American export and import consumer goods,” said Aaron Tomarchio, a Senior Vice President at Tradepoint Atlantic.

The project will expand the region’s bulk handling capability by restoring an obsolete regional marine asset to a state of good repair. The modernization program expands bulk cargo handling capability at Tradepoint Atlantic and does not introduce container cargo handling to the site.

The grant projects will span four years. The TIGER grant is led by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

“With this federal transportation grant, Baltimore County continues to proactively put key pieces in place to support development of Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Kamenetz. Baltimore County initiated creation of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone and established a foreign trade zone to facilitate global commerce.

Economic and Jobs Impact

A recent economic impact report projects Tradepoint Atlantic will generate 17,000 jobs in the Baltimore region, plus another 21,000 jobs during construction. Economic impact is projected to top $3 billion when development of the 3,100 acre site is completed in 2025, according to the Sage Policy Group study.

“There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon at full development, but jobs already are coming back to Sparrows Point from world class companies including FedEx Ground, Amazon and Under Armour,” added Kamenetz.


Amazon is delivering more than 1,500 full time jobs to a new 855,000 square foot fulfillment center in Baltimore County. Associates working at the $225 million facility under construction at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point will pick, pack and ship customer items such as electronics, books, housewares and toys.

“This is what job creation looks like: a world class company investing in the region, bringing 1,500 new jobs to Baltimore County. We are pleased to welcome Amazon to the growing list of companies with a Tradepoint Atlantic address,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Amazon joins Under Armour, FedEx Ground, Pasha Automotive, Access World, Harley Davidson and others as tenants of Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,100 acre development in eastern Baltimore County that is one of the largest economic development projects on the East Coast.  

“We’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in historic Sparrows Point and to continue innovating in a state committed to providing great opportunities for jobs and customer experience. Maryland has an incredible workforce, and we are happy to add to the more than 5,000 associates already serving customers in the state,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment.

The Amazon fulfillment center comes on the heels of 425 jobs at a FedEx Ground facility that opened at Tradepoint Atlantic in July 2017. A new Under Armour e-commerce house will bring 1,000 more jobs at full capacity. The 1.3 million square foot Under Armour facility is scheduled to open in 2018.

“Tradepoint Atlantic is pleased to add Amazon to its portfolio of tenants seeking the logistical and supply chain advantages our unique industrial park can provide. It is further proof that Tradepoint Atlantic is a destination of choice for top brands seeking a 21st century multi-modal logistics platform,” said Eric Gilbert, Chief Development Officer for Tradepoint Atlantic.  

Bringing jobs back to the Point

“There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon when Tradepoint Atlantic is fully developed. But jobs are already coming back to the Point. By this time next year, there will be more people working at Sparrows Point than when the steel mill closed there in 2012,” added County Executive Kamenetz.

When fully developed, Tradepoint Atlantic will generate 17,000 permanent jobs in the Baltimore region, plus another 21,000 jobs during construction. Economic impact is projected to top $3 billion by 2025, according to a Sage Policy Group study.

Baltimore County supporting job growth

“Baltimore County continues to proactively put key pieces in place to support development of Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Kamenetz.

In October 2017, Baltimore County submitted a $25 million request to the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements and expansion of aging marine facilities at Tradepoint Atlantic.

The County also initiated creation of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone, established a foreign trade zone to expand global commerce, and is facilitating employee recruitment and screening for companies locating at Tradepoint Atlantic.

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Revised September 11, 2017