Tradepoint wins approval for three distribution centers
Project in the pipeline at former Beth Steel site
The redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel mill at Sparrows Point is picking up speed with the recent county approval of preliminary plans by owner Tradepoint Atlantic to develop three large distribution centers on the northern half of the peninsula near major roads.
The county’s Permits Approvals and Inspections department recently granted limited exemptions from the regular development process for the three buildings, according to applications reviewed by the department’s Development Review Committee.
One site, known as A3, is a 49-acre site off Riverside Drive on the western edge of the peninsula between Bear Creek and the approved 300,000-square-foot FedEx Ground distribution center now under construction.
The plan shows two buildings. Building A totals 301,500 square feet and building B totals 553,500 square feet, for a combined total of 855,000 square feet.
The other distribution center location is on a 61acre site located to the southeast Point Road.
The plan shows one building totaling 1,225,598 square feet that includes a 62,100 square-foot attached two-story building for offices and retail businesses.
Tradepoint spokesman Aaron Tomarchio, vice president of corporate affairs, declined last week to provide additional details about the plan. He could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday about the A3 plan.
Tradepoint Atlantic is hosting its next community update meeting for the public on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tradepoint offices at 1600 Sparrows Point Boulevard.
Late last year, the County Council passed a zoningrelated bill introduced by District 7 County Councilman Todd Crandell, who represents Sparrows Point, that enables not only heavy manufacturing uses but also light industrial and commercial uses on the former steel mill property.
Under the previous rules, Tradepoint would have had to apply to the council for Planned Unit Development approvals or go through time-consuming rezoning requests for project approvals. The bill enables the processing of development plans through the DRC’s limited exemption off Sparrows process, which does not require community input meetings.
To attract companies to the area, Baltimore County expanded the former North Point Enterprise Zone to include all of the 3,100-acre Tradepoint Atlantic property in the renamed Chesapeake Enterprise Zone, which offers financial in- centives to locate within it.
A Foreign Trade Zone has also been created for the area that encourages companies to assemble parts shipped in from around the world to create products to ship to other destinations.
For more information, visit www.tradepointatlantic.com.
Plans call for two distribution centers totaling 855,000 square feet on the so-called 49-acre A3 site on the Sparrows Point peninsula being redeveloped by Tradepoint Atlantic.