Demolition at Phillips Makes Way for New Garage and Development at McHenry Row

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Work began last week to demolish a former cold storage facility located behind Buildings 1 and 2 at the Phillips headquarters at 1215 E. Fort Ave. in Locust Point. The property, which is now part of the McHenry Row complex, was originally the home of Coca-Cola. Phillips Seafood Co. then opened a facility there in 2002 and was later bought by McHenry Row Developer Mark Sapperstein and his company, 28 Walker Development, in 2014. Phillips recently moved out of the property and now the demolition of the facility frees up six acres for redevelopment.

Buildings 1 and 2 are currently undergoing a renovation for office space. Under Armour currently has offices at Building 1, but will soon occupy the entire 47,000 sq. ft. building once the renovation is completed.

MindGrub already occupies a 13,000 sq. ft. office space in Building 2, which is now a four-story building after a recent two-story addition. Starting in June, Samuel Shapiro & Co. will occupy a 12,000 sq. ft. space in Building 2 and then in July MAIF will occupy a 60,000 sq. ft. space. Kiddie Academy will additionally take over a 10,000 sq. ft. space starting in August. Sapperstein told SouthBMore.com that several other tenants, which will be announced at a later date, have also agreed to leases in Building 2 and that those spaces will be completed by the end of the year.

Building 2 will feature several outdoor spaces including second- and third-story decks with city views, as well as an outdoor playground space for Kiddie Academy.

Sapperstein credited his company’s success to attracting new office tenants more to luck than improved market conditions for office space. “I think with this site, I’ve just been getting lucky. The access to I-95 is great for access and hosting meetings, and companies are attracted to everything Locust Point has to offer,” said Sapperstein.

With the six acres that will soon be available for redevelopment, 28 Walker will construct a 600-car garage, which will occupy two to three acres, starting in July. It will take approximately eight to nine months to complete. The remaining three to four acres of space will be redeveloped in the future, but will be used for office tenant parking until the garage is completed. Approximately 130-140 surface spaces, located mostly in front of Buildings 1 and 2 will also remain intact for parking.

Sapperstein told SouthBMore.com that they do not have a direction yet for the development of the remaining space but, depending on the market, it will either be additional office space or apartments or a combination of the two. He noted that it is not an ideal space for more retail.

To increase connectivity at the development, 28 Walker also plans to add two additional entrances – one north of the Harris Teeter garage and one south of the Harris Teeter garage – later this year.

Demolition of the cold storage facility

Demolition of the cold storage facility

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Building 2

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Building 1

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