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Meeting set for Dundalk Seagram's site redevelopment

A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night to discuss plans to turn an abandoned Seagram's plant in Dundalk into a town home community.

Sollers Investors LLC, a group that includes developers John Vontran and Mark and Jeff Powers, is proposing to build 187 garage town homes on the site of the Seagram's distillery on Sollers Point Road.

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Representatives will present the plan at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North Point Library at 1716 Merritt Blvd.

The development would be called Foundry Station and would incorporate the Seagram's smokestack and water tower into the design. Both date to the 1930s and are designated as county landmarks, which gives the county extra oversight of any changes to the exterior of the structures.

Foundry Station – previously known as Brewery Station – is going through Baltimore County's approval process as a planned-unit development, a process that allows flexibility in zoning rules in exchange for the developer providing a benefit to the community. The developer has agreed to pay the county about $100,000 to build a turf sports field or another recreational amenity in Dundalk.

The 12-acre property currently is zoned to allow offices or up to 10.5 homes per acre.

At a previous public meeting last summer, residents raised concerns about stormwater management for the neighborhood and whether there would be enough parking and green space for residents.

The property hasn't been used as a whiskey distillery since the early 1990s, and nearby residents have complained about graffiti, weeds, broken fences, fires and other problems. Two men have died in falls at the property in recent years.

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