Port Covington Properties Enter Maryland Voluntary Cleanup Program

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

port covingtonRecently the Port Covington Shopping Center, as well as the adjacent parcel at 301 E. Cromwell St. that was the site of a proposed Streuver Bros. development, was purchased by Marc Weller, a partner of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank in Sagamore Development Company. Though the plans for these properties are not yet known by the public, development appears to be moving forward as the properties have been entered in the Maryland Department of the Environment Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP).

The properties are officially listed as 101 and 201 East Cromwell Street and 2501, 2551, 2601 and 2701 Port Covington Drive, and each is submitted by Port Covington Investments LLC. Most of Port Covington is a former rail yard, which began redevelopment in 2000 to become a 45-acre big box shopping center. Only Walmart and Sam’s Club ever materialized, with Sam’s Club having closed in 2007 after only five years of operation.

The VCP looks at the history of the properties and the proposed land use, tests the soil and toxicology, and, if they find contaminants, asks for an environmental cleanup. Uses for housing requires stricter environmental requirements than for industrial, office or retail uses, and guidelines are even stricter for fee simple single family homes.

Barbara Brown from the Maryland Department of the Environment told SouthBMore.com that all of the properties at the shopping center, with the exception of Walmart’s site, were currently being tested, including the parking lots, the former Sam’s Club, the site of the former Sam’s Club gas station, and the undeveloped space. The waterfront parcel at the former Streuver Bros. site, which sits between the shopping center and the Tidewater Yacht Service and which has been eyed as a site for a distillery for Sagamore Spirit, Sagamore’s rye whiskey, is also being tested.

When the VCP is complete, official documentation is issued with environmental guidelines for redevelopment.

The Baltimore Sun has also been looking for partners to develop 37 acres of undeveloped land at its printing facility at 300 E. Cromwell St. Weller has also been listed as the purchaser of 101 W. Dickman St., a large white warehouse in West Covington directly behind the National Aquarium’s soon-to-open West Covington Park.

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