Port Covington, the massive new development that’s the vision of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is asking the city for more than $500 million in funding to help finance the project, which is being called the largest urban redevelopment in the country.
As you’ve probably heard, Port Covington will include a whiskey distillery and a makerspace. But after a recent presentation of the Port Covington Plan, the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel were left with some big questions. Namely: if Port Covington is going to be a real neighborhood, then where are the schools, fire stations, libraries, post offices, and police stations?
According to the Baltimore Business Journal, the meeting quickly became strained when such issues were raised. “I am looking at what seems like a relentless superblock here,” said city Planning Director Thomas Stosur, in reference to Port Covingon’s plan for large apartment towers. “And I feel like in a huge development like this — over 20-25 years— that seems to be completely missing. You need some variety, a little neighborhood.” Sagamore Development has promised more details about civic buildings in future meetings.