Sagamore Ventures showed off its new City Garage innovation space Thursday during Betamore's new Beta City fundraiser and announced more tenants for the project.
The early-stage investment arm of Plank Industries, the private holding company of Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, confirmed the 133,000-square-foot facility would host the Under Armour Lighthouse.
Expected to open in 2016, Lighthouse will serve as a manufacturing test bed for the Baltimore-based athletic apparel brand as it explores advanced manufacturing processes to make its products on a smaller scale in local markets.
It also will house Main Street, a mixed-use event space with customized workspaces for tenant companies. The first tenants include Tapologie, which creates custom glass and metal products for the hospitality industry; Nutreatious, a team of personal chefs who will operate a test kitchen; and Sagamore Spirit, a rye whiskey brand created by Plank.
Earlier this week, Sagamore announced The Foundery would relocate its makerspace to City Garage, a former city bus depot at 101 W. Dickman St. in Port Covington. It is the first piece of what Sagamore Ventures officials said will cover 42 city blocks and 230 acres, in a mixed-used development that will include a new Under Armour headquarters campus.
The building was retrofitted quickly, only sprouting as an idea among Sagamore developers in January, said Scooter Monroe, a development manager. Environmental remediation work began in April and construction began this summer.
The building aims to celebrate the city's past and future in manufacturing, with a massive display declaring "Made in America" in the center of City Garage's Main Street area.
"Looking back through history, so many great ideas have begun in a basement or garage," said Demian Costa, partner at Plank Industries and managing partner of Sagamore Ventures, in a statement. "The City Garage project is a platform from which great ideas can form, grow and expand out into the community."