Port Covington master plan coming up for review

Port Covington master plan on Baltimore design panel's agenda for Thursday

The real estate company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is scheduled to present its master plan for Port Covington to the city on Thursday.

The meeting with the Urban Design & Architecture Review Panel will be the first public review of Plank's vision for his large landholdings in South Baltimore, which include Nick's Fish House, a Walmart, a former Sam's Club turned into offices for Under Armour and a publishing plant leased by The Baltimore Sun.

Plank has said he purchased the land privately to build a campus for Under Armour, as well as start mixed-use development of the peninsula. His Sagamore Development has several projects, including a hotel on Fells Point's recreation Pier and whiskey distillery in Port Covington, already underway.

Elkus Manfredi Architects, which is overseeing the portion of the redevelopment slated for mixed use, is named as the presenter on the UDARP agenda. A different firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, has been hired for the Under Armour campus.

Redeveloping the area, once a former railyard, is expected to entail significant infrastructure investments, particularly when it comes to access. Currently, tricky exits off of Interstate 95 provide the primary means of entry and exit for trucks accessing the port.

Among the ideas that have been discussed are additional water taxi routes, as well as pedestrian paths around the water and across to Westport, via a former railroad bridge.


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