Port Covington Updates: New Waterfront Green Space Added, Construction Temporarily Halted During COVID-19

| May 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Infrastructure work for Chapter 1 of the Port Covington has been underway since May 2019. This work includes a new bulkhead on the waterfront next to Sagamore Spirit, and grading, underground pipes, streets, and curbs for pad sites in a former large grass lot adjacent to the east to The Baltimore Sun’s Sun Park.

The new bulkhead next to Sagamore Spirit, which was completed in recent weeks, protects Port Covington’s eastern shoreline from the Patapsco River. Next to the bulkhead and in front of the distillery is a green lawn space that is part of the evolving East Waterfront Park. The bulkhead, which has a new metal railing, has created an expanded green space and path that moves northeast along shoreline in front of the multiple buildings at Sagamore Spirit. The path will eventually be part of a trail and promenade spanning the area’s 2.5 miles of waterfront.

East Waterfront Park will eventually have multiple piers. This will include a redevelopment of the existing archaeological pier.

Some shoreline beach was present between the bulkhead and river on the day SouthBMore.com went to the site.

While construction had been underway at Port Covington, it is now paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Port Covington Development Team is comprised of owners Plank Industries and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group with Weller Development leading the development and construction of the project. Whiting-Turner is the general contractor for Chapter 1.

“With the health and safety of all who work on the Port Covington development as our top priority, we have chosen to temporarily suspend construction operations in Port Covington,” said Weller Development Company President and Founding Partner Marc Weller. “We will continue to work with our community partners and government officials as we navigate this together.”

The approximately $700-million Chapter 1 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.

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.

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