A outdated state-owned pier along an industrial stretch of Canton waterfront is one step closer to landing on the open market.

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a request by the Maryland Port Administration on Wednesday to declare the pier and its water access rights as surplus to the state's needs, the first step toward selling the property.

The 346,000-square-foot Clinton Street Marine Terminal pier and the narrow half-acre piece of land it attaches to along South Clinton Street in the Canton Industrial Area are valued between $2.5 million and $3.1 million.

It has long been in disuse with its berths leased to the Navy's Military Sealift Command. The Liberty ship John S. Brown also is berthed there.

Port officials say the "outdated pier configuration" can't be used for the containers and vehicles that make up the bulk of the port's cargo, and it would better serve a company with break-bulk cargo.

A subsequent request to dispose of the property will also have to go before the board before any public sale.

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