Trade­point wins ap­proval for three dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters

Project in the pipe­line at for­mer Beth Steel site

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL - By VIR­GINIA TERHUNE vter­hune@ches­pub.com

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.

MOR­RIS & RITCHIE AS­SO­CI­ATES

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.

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