Portion of Cromwell Street in Port Covington to Close for Up to Two Years for Realignment

| January 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Starting next Monday, a portion of E. Cromwell St. in Port Covington will close for 18 to 24 months as Chapter 1 infrastructure work continues for the Port Covington redevelopment. Cromwell St. will be closed from Port Covington Dr. adjacent to Rye Street Tavern to E. McComas St.

The 235-acre, $5.5-billion, multi-decade Port Covington redevelopment is led by the Port Covington Development Team. The team is comprised of owners Kevin Plank’s Plank Industries and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. Weller Development Company is leading the development and construction.

After the closure, commuters looking to get to Rye Street Tavern, Sagamore Spirit Distillery, Under Armour Building 37, Sun Park, and Nick’s Fish House will have to access the sites from S. Hanover St., turning on E. Cromwell St. until it closes. Access to the sites from E. McComas St. will no longer be open. Visitors to Rye Street Tavern, Sagamore Spirit Distillery, Under Armour Building 37, Sun Park, and Nick’s Fish House will have to return to S. Hanover St. to get on to I-95 and to South Baltimore neighborhoods as direct access to E. McComas St. will be cut off.

E. Cromwell St. will be realigned into the former Tidewater Yacht Service property to give the street a straight northeast orientation whereas it currently bends north. This realignment will increase the amount of green space between Rye Street Tavern and Sagamore Spirit Distillery and the new E. Cromwell St.

While Tidewater Yacht Service closed, Oasis Marina manages the boat slips that remain at the piers. Users of the boat slips will need to park at the parking lot adjacent to Rye Street Tavern and walk over as the former entrance will close.

The parking lot in front of Sun Park along E. Cromwell St., which was formerly used by The Baltimore Sun’s staff, is now a public parking lot for users of Port Covington’s attractions.

Chapter 1 infrastructure work has been underway in Port Covington since May. A large tract of land has been graded and a new bulkhead along the waterfront is being built.

Chapter 1 is taking place on the eastern section of Port Covington along E. Cromwell St. in a former large grass lot adjacent to The Baltimore Sun’s Sun Park. The approximately $700-million phase is planned to include approximately 1.38 million sq. ft. of office, 337,450 sq. ft. of retail, 976,667 sq. ft. of residential, and 285,000 sq. ft. of hotel space across more than 12 city blocks. East Waterfront Park is partially open and will be expanded along the waterfront.

The first four buildings will comprise two blocks in lots E7 and E6 in the Chapter 1 site map.

E7 will be comprised of a three-building complex called Rye Street Market. The 275,000 sq. ft. development will have 185,000 sq. ft. of office space, a 13,000 sq. ft. open-air market and food hall, 50,000 sq. ft. of pedestrian-oriented retail, a 12,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art meeting facility, and a 15,000 sq. ft. rooftop event space.

Rye Street Market will include a two- and three-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 an indoor courtyard connecting all four buildings and outdoor seating along the sidewalks.

There will also be a “19th Century mercantile-inspired” five-story office building  and two six-story office buildings with a traditional brick design. All of the buildings will be connected by an outdoor shared courtyard, skywalks, and other design features.

Rye Street Market is designed by Morris Adjmi Architects.

E6 will be an eight-story, H-shaped building with a private tree-lined street with residential walk-up units and dedicated car pick-up and drop-off locations, as well as 17,685 sq. ft. of retail lining the first floor. This 290,000 sq. ft.-building will have 252 apartment units and 10,750 sq. ft. of amenity space.

The building’s first floor will be mostly glass with a canopy structure that goes over the retail spaces. The top floors will have large windows, brick and steel facades, and terraces, many of which will overlook the Patapsco River.

This building is designed by architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht.

Construction on the first four buildings is supposed to be begin in early-2020.

Three additional buildings on three additional lots in Chapter 1 have been presented to Baltimore City Planning Department’s Urban Design & Architecture Advisory Panel (UDAAP).

The Port Covington master plan includes a 50-acre, 3.9-million sq. ft. global headquarters for Under Armour at the former Port Covington Shopping Center; 1,500,000 sq. ft. of destination, attraction, entertainment, and specialty retail; 500,000 sq. ft. of “maker” and industrial/light manufacturing space; 200-plus hotel rooms; 1,500,000 sq. ft. of office space (in addition to the Under Armour Global Headquarters); and civic and cultural uses including 40-plus acres of public parks, a public waterfront, and other public facilities. It also includes more than 7,500 residential units, which could total up to 14,000 units comprised of rental and for-sale properties at various price-points, and potential sites for a post office, school, library, fire station, police paddock, and cultural center.

Already completed at Port Covington in Phase 1A is City Garage, which redeveloped an existing building in 2015 into a 133,000 sq. ft. office building that is “a hub for manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship;” Building 37, which converted the former Sam’s Club into a 170,000 sq. ft. Under Armour office building and amenity space; 240 W. Dickman St., which underwent some renovations and is now the home to workforce development non-profits; Sagamore Spirit whiskey distillery, Rye Street Tavern, and renovations to the Baltimore Yacht Basin marina and Nick’s Fish House. 

The Port Covington Development Team has also made public space improvements which include landscaped medians, taking over maintenance of West Covington Park where it added outdoor bar South Point, a new mural, and adding new off-street and on-street bike and pedestrian paths.

Traffic maps courtesy of the Port Covington Development Team 

Rye Street Market Renderings from UDAAP courtesy of Weller Development and Morris Adjmi Architects

A previous Rendering of E6 courtesy of Weller Development and Hord Coplan Macht

Chapter 1 Site plan courtesy of Weller Development

Chapter 1 renderings courtesy of Weller Development 

Overhead shot courtesy of Google Maps

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