Former Schuster Concrete Building in Port Covington to Become an Events Space

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Weller Development, which is leading the development and construction of the 235-acre Port Covington redevelopment owned by Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development Company and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, recently gave the former 97,000 sq. ft. Schuster Concrete Building a facelift and now plans on using it as an event space starting next year.

The building features a large, approximately three-story metal warehouse and a four-story brick building. Prior to Weller Development beginning its renovations, it had peeling and faded paint on the metal exterior surface, some graffiti, and broken and missing windows on both sections of the building. Weller Development painted the roof of the metal warehouse red, painted the sides black, and replaced the windows on the warehouse section with new Plexiglass. Some boarded up windows on the brick building were also repaired. The interior of the building was additionally cleaned and some abatement issues were addressed throughout the property.

The building will run by Weller Entertainment, a marketing, events, and production company launched by Weller Development earlier this year. Weller Entertainment’s mission is to draw people to Port Covington through events and community engagement. The company has brought concerts, festivals, networking events, and panel discussions to Port Covington. It also opened South Point, a seasonal bar and event space at West Covington Park, this summer. Weller Entertainment is run by Baltimore native Chip Watkins.

Weller Entertainment is going through the permitting process with Baltimore City to allow events at the building, and hopes to have that completed by mid-October. The company expects to host several events at the building next year.

Weller Development had hoped to redevelop the former Schuster Concrete building into an office building for Amazon’s HQ2, but Port Covington and Baltimore did not make the final 20 cities in the competition to lure the e-commerce business.

Marc Weller, president of Weller Development, said that the longterm future of the former Schuster Concrete building would be “a little bit different” but did not elaborate on future plans.

The building is adjacent to Swann Park and a vacant lot that was formerly part of Atlantic Forest, which relocated to Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point last year. It is also a block from the South Baltimore Neighborhood.

Weller also noted that they plan to expand on South Point in the future with some “interesting ideas” for summer and winter activation, but could not expand on those plans yet since they haven’t been fully vetted. Weller said that he and Watkins are constantly pushing each other on new ideas for the space.

Weller Development announced plans this week for Chapter 1 of the Port Covington redevelopment which would add 3 million sq. ft. of office, retail, residential and hotel to the eastern section of Port Covington. The former Schuster Concrete building sits on the western section of Port Covington west of S. Hanover St. along with the redeveloped City Garage, West Covington Park, and South Point.

When asked about the timing of development in this western section of Port Covington, Weller said, “We believe that a lot can happen. We’ve always thought this site would have multiple partners and multiple projects going on at one time. Obviously we are focused on and leading with this portion of it (Chapter 1), but we’ve already had significant interest on the far side of Hanover regarding other projects.”

Before and after pictures 


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