Construction of Public Market and Three Office Buildings in Port Covington Set to Start This Year

| February 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week at Baltimore City Planning Department’s Baltimore City Planning Department’s Urban Design & Architecture Advisory Panel (UDAAP), The Port Covington Development Team presented plans for Rye Street Market, a four-building, block-long project totaling 243,500 sq. ft. It will include a 13,000 sq. ft. open-air market and food hall, 50,000 sq. ft. of pedestrian-oriented retail, 180,000 sq. ft. of office space, and a rooftop event space.

The Port Covington Development Team is comprised of owners Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development Company and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group with Weller Development Company leading the development and construction. Rye Street Market’s design team includes Hoerr Schaudt, MGMA, and STV.

Infrastructure work for Chapter 1 of the Port Covington development is expected to break ground in the coming months. It will tackle the eastern section of Port Covington in the grass lots just east of The Baltimore Sun’s Sun Park along E. Cromwell St. Chapter 1 will eventually have 3.025 million sq. ft. of new buildings across more than 12 city blocks.

Rye Street Market will be across the street from the already-completed Sagamore Spirit Distillery. Just southwest of Rye Street Market along E. Cromwell St. will be two new apartment buildings. The entire design for this block is inspired by a European market square.

Rye Street Market will include a two-story glass and steel public market building that will have a large rooftop deck overlooking the Patapsco River. The market will have glass garage doors along the first floor so that it can have an indoor/outdoor feel on nice days. There will also be in indoor courtyard connecting all four buildings and outdoor seating along the sidewalks.

Along with the market, Rye Street Market will have a six-story office building with a “traditional” design, a five-story “19th Century mercantile-inspired” office building, and a boutique four-story office building inspired by maritime architecture. All four corners of Rye Street Market will include retail. The design team talked about the possibility of having a brewery in one of the spaces.

Work on Rye Street Market is expected to begin by the end of the year with an expected delivery date of early 2021.

Two apartment buildings will be constructed on two blocks just southwest of Rye Street Market. The six- and seven-story buildings will total 390 apartments and 25,885 sq. ft. of retail. Construction on the apartments will begin in late 2019 or early 2020 and are expected to be competed in late 2021.

Rye Street Market rendering courtesy of Hoerr Schaudt, MGMA, STV, and The Port Covington Development Team 

Master Plan concept rendering from The Port Covington Team 

Apartment building renderings courtesy of Hord Coplan Macht and The Port Covington Development Team

Rendering courtesy of Weller Development. Rye Street Market is E7, and the two apartment buildings will be at E6 (the two buildings pictured are now connected as one) and E5B

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