Work be­gins on Green­leigh at Cross­roads de­vel­op­ment

$750 mil­lion mixed-use com­mu­nity com­ing to Mid­dle River

The Avenue News - - Front Page - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

Elected of­fi­cials and de­vel­op­ers gath­ered on May 17 to break ground on a $750 mil­lion mixed-use com­mu­nity that will bring 1,500 homes, along with re­tail and of­fice space, to Mid­dle River.

The 200-acre de­vel­op­ment, called Green­leigh at Cross­roads, is part of the 1,000-acre Bal­ti­more Cross­roads busi­ness de­vel­op­ment off Route 43 in Mid­dle River near White Marsh. The project is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of de­vel­op­ers, in­clud­ing St. John Prop­er­ties, Som­er­set Con­struc­tion Com­pany and Elm Street De­vel­op­ment.

St. John Prop­er­ties has spear­headed de­vel­op­ment at Bal­ti­more Cross­roads, while Som­er­set will con­struct a 317-unit lux­ury apart­ment com­plex called The Berkleigh. Elm Street will work on the

sin­gle-fam­ily homes and town­houses.

Once com­pleted, Green­leigh at Cross­roads will con­sist of 1,000 sin­gle-fam­ily houses and town­houses, 500 multi-fam­ily units, 428,000 square feet of of­fice space, 116,000 square feet of re­tail and a 120-suite ho­tel.

The res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity will also fea­ture recre­ational ameni­ties, Elm Street Vice Pres­i­dent David Mur­phy ex­plained dur­ing last week’s cer­e­mony.

Call­ing Green­leigh a “trans­for­ma­tive project” Mur­phy de­tailed plans for a “re­sort-style club­house,” com­plete with pools, play­grounds, yoga stu­dio, pic­nic pavil­ion, dog park, fields, and bik­ing and walk­ing trails link­ing the res­i­den­tial area to re­tail ameni­ties.

Elm Street plans to have a model home com­pleted by early 2017.

Mike Caruthers with Som­er­set called the project “the gate­way to the re­nais­sance of Eastern Bal­ti­more County.”

“With the ad­di­tion of Green­leigh, we be­come a world-class mixed-use com­mu­nity,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to St. John Prop­er­ties founder Ed­ward St. John, the seeds of Green­leigh were planted four years ago. St. John was de­vel­op­ing plans for the site when Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz ap­proached him with the idea to cre­ate a mas­sive mixe­duse de­vel­op­ment.

“It’s now a re­al­ity, four years later,” St. John noted, call­ing Kamenetz “the man with the vi­sion.”

For Kamenetz, the project is a win-win.

The de­vel­op­ment brings the neo-ur­ban­ism idea to Bal­ti­more County, mix­ing both res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment in one com­mu­nity.

“Green­leigh is place­mak­ing at its best,” Kamenetz said.

“Green­leigh’s de­sign and mix of homes will at­tract young pro­fes­sion­als who want to live in a 21st cen­tury life­style com­mu­nity near their jobs,” he added. “I-95 is min­utes away, with the Mid­dle River MARC sta­tion just down the road. Res­i­dents can bike to the water­front. This is the per­fect com­ple­ment to the busi­ness de­vel­op­ment al­ready in Bal­ti­more Cross­roads.”

The project will also gen­er­ate rev­enue for Bal­ti­more County in the form of $10 mil­lion per year in prop­erty tax, plus in­come and sales taxes.

Ac­cord­ing to county spokes­woman Fronda Co­hen, the de­vel­op­ers did not re­ceive any tax breaks or in­cen­tives, nor did they ask for any.

Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil­woman Cathy Bevins was also on hand for last week’s cer­e­mony.

“Green­leigh will be a tremen­dous ad­di­tion to all that White Marsh and Mid­dle River has to of­fer,” she said. “It will be a great live-work-play com­mu­nity, and I’m ex­cited to move it for­ward.”

The long-term time­line for com­ple­tion of the project could span 10 years. The speed of de­vel­op­ment will de­pend largely on mar­ket de­mand.

St. John Prop­er­ties has al­ready started work on a three-story of­fice build­ing and Elm Street De­vel­op­ment will be­gin work on model homes with an ex­pected open­ing date of Spring 2017.

Som­er­set Con­struc­tion will be­gin work on The Berkleigh apart­ment com­plex this fall. Con­struc­tion on the new Mar­i­ott Spring-Hill Suites ho­tel is also slated to be­gin this fall.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Green­leigh at Cross­roads, visit www.sjpi.com/prop­erty/de­tail/bal­ti­more_cross­road­s­green­leigh.

PHOTO BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz and County Coun­cil­woman Cathy Bevins joined de­vel­op­ers from St. John Prop­er­ties, Som­er­set Con­struc­tion Com­pany and Elm Street De­vel­op­ment to break ground on the Green­leigh at Cross­roads de­vel­op­ment.

PHOTO BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

County Coun­cil­woman Cathy Bevins spoke at the May 17 ground­break­ing for Green­leigh at Cross­roads.

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