Our friends over at SouthBmore.com have written a great round-up of the master plan forPort Covington. Read on for the details. -The Eds.
The team from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development and Elkus Manfredi Architects recently revealed the master plan for Port Covington, a 266-acre section of the South Baltimore peninsula south of I-95 that includes more than two miles of waterfront. Sagamore currently owns 161 acres in Port Covington from recent acquisitions, which it described as 85% of the private parcels. Sagamore envisions a 50-acre campus for Under Armour; 76 acres of mixed-use real estate development; 114 acres of public realm between parks, infrastructure, and open space; and, an existing 26 acre NGK-Locke, Inc. facility which Sagamore does not own.
Sagamore Development President and Partner Marc D. Weller described the multi-billion dollar development as transformational, “it stands to make a huge difference for Baltimore and many people’s lives. It’s one of the largest urban renewal projects in America.” Weller added that Sagamore feels “honored” to be involved in this project. David Manfredi of Elkus Manfredi Architects called it “one of the extraordinary urban projects in this country” because of its scale and impact.
Port Covington was originally the home to Fort Covington, used to defend Baltimore during the War of 1812, and later became a depot for the Western Maryland railroad where it was used to ship coal from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia off its piers. Most recently the framework for a shopping center was developed on a 59-acre parcel of Port Covington, but only a Walmart and Sam’s Club ever opened at the center with the Sam’s Club closing its doors in 2007. Sagamore purchased the failed shopping center in 2013 and the former Sam’s Club building is currently nearing the completion of a renovation into a 170,000 sq. ft. office building for Under Amour’s finance and IT department. Under Armour’s future campus and “global headquarters” will occupy most of the shopping center property.