Demolition Begins on the The Baltimore Sun Building in Baltimore Peninsula

| October 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

Work began on Wednesday to demolish the former 256,033 sq. ft. The Baltimore Sun building at the Baltimore Peninsula development. The former printing presses and offices located in the interior of the building were taken apart in recent months in preparation for demolition.

Sagamore Ventures, which is part of the Baltimore Peninsula Development team, purchased The Baltimore Sun’s 60-acre Sun Park in 2014. Some of the acquired land was used for the nearly-completed Chapter 1B of the Baltimore Peninsula development.

After considering temporary uses for the building, the development team ultimately decided to demolish the building.

The Baltimore Sun vacated the building at the end of 2022. It was the home of the newspaper’s printing press since 1988, and it became the newspaper’s headquarters in 2018. The Baltimore Sun planned to develop the 60-acre property with office buildings after constructing the printing press in the 1980s, but those plans never moved forward.

MaryAnne Gilmartin, founder and CEO of MAG Partners, one of the development partners of the Baltimore Peninsula Development team, told SouthBMore.com in June they canvassed the market to determine interest in the building. They found “a lot of interest was for storage for very low rental rates,” according to Gilmartin.

She added, “We think the land is much more valuable than the current building.” She also noted the large building is a visual deterrent looking from the highway down to the waterfront.

Portions of the former The Baltimore Sun building sit just feet from the new Mission Blvd. and the 250 Mission apartment building.

The Baltimore Peninsula Development team did not offer any comment on the immediate use of the land after the building is demolished.

The Master Plan for the development shows an angled greenway park system running through where The Baltimore Sun’s former building sits. There are a number of new buildings surrounding it.

Adjacent to the south and west of the The Baltimore Sun building is the new home of Volo Beach. It already has four beach volleyball courts, as well as spaces for pickle ball, soccer, football, kickball, bocce, and cornhole. Food and beverage options will be added in the coming months.

Screenshot from Google Maps. The former The Baltimore Sun building outlined 

Renderings courtesy of the Baltimore Peninsula development team

(Click to enlarge master plan renderings)

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