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New Baltimore City BJ's could open in November

New Baltimore City BJ's could open in November

WorkShop Development said Tuesday it plans to start construction on a new BJ’s Wholesale Club in Southeast Baltimore on Wednesday, with the hope of opening the store by mid-November.

The Baltimore-based firm, whose team worked on the Canton Crossing shops, closed on the property Tuesday, paying $7.5 million for the 4701 O’Donnell street site, said principal Doug Schmidt. A 2,700-square-foot Taco Bell is planned to open on the property in spring of 2016.

The transformation is the latest in an area where former industrial sites are being converted to commercial use, with shopping centers designed to serve new residents in nearby neighborhoods such as Canton and Brewers Hill.

Plans for the roughly 89,000-square-foot BJ’s store and gas station were revealed last year. The site previously housed a manfucturing plant for Complementary Coatings Corp., which warned the state of plans to close in 2013.

The purchase and conversion of the 6.58-acre property is expected to cost about $20 million, Schmidt said. The parcel was previously owned by Weil Realty LLC, which purchased it in 2005 for $2.36 million.

WorkShop also is involved in plans for a second phase at Canton Crossing and an apartment project at the former Della Notte restaurant. Richard Manekin and Neil Tucker are also partners in the firm.

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