The developers of the old steel mill in Sparrows Point will light the mill's "Star of Bethlehem" on Wednesday.
The 196-bulb star shone each December from atop the mill’s L Blast Furnace from the time it was built in 1978 until the plant was closed for good in 2012. It was dubbed the “Star of Bethlehem,” both for Bethlehem Steel, the company that ran the mill for generations, as well as for Bethlehem, traditionally regarded as the birthplace of Jesus, whose birth is celebrated at Christmas.
This year’s star-lighting ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the treatment plant at 6010 Shipyard Road. Visitors should follow Bethlehem Boulevard to the western side of the property where it turns into Riverside Drive, then follow signage to the event.
Tradepoint Atlantic is a joint venture of local firm Redwood Capital Investments and Hilco, a Chicago-based redevelopment and liquidation firm. Tradepoint aims to turn the old mill into an industrial campus with shipping, transportation and light manufacturing uses.