A public meeting on environmental safeguards for redeveloping a Fells Point former factory site has been reset for Nov. 14, Baltimore City Council member James B. Kraft has announced.
The meeting on the Harbor Point project is to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Morgan Stanley building at 1300 Thames St.
The session, which was postponed from last month because of the federal government shutdown, will cover plans by Beatty Development Group to build a 22-story tower on the site of the former Allied chromium processing plant. State and federal officials also will review the decision in the 1990s to cap the site rather than remove soil and ground water there containing hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen.
Some Fells Point residents have expressed concerns that construction at Harbor Point could endanger their health because the cap covering toxic soil and ground water would be opened temporarily to drive more than 1,000 pilings into the ground to support the building. But the developer has said precautions would be taken, including monitoring the air and shutting down work if potentially toxic dust can't be controlled. State and federal regulators are reviewing the developer's detailed plans, though they've given preliminary approval.
Kraft, whose district includes Fells Point, has said he wants more information about chromium detected in ground water at the Living Classrooms Foundation campus adjoining Harbor Point, and about hexavalent chromium levels measured earlier this year in air samples at Harbor Point and elsewhere downtown.
Representatives of the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are to be present to answer questions, said Kraft.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun