To revive the Baltimore area's depressed east side, government and business leaders must work to attract metal processors, port-related businesses, environmental technology companies and waterfront development, an urban planning consultant says in a new report.
The area also needs to improve its environment, safety, housing values and community cohesion, said the report released Wednesday by Robert Charles Lesser & Co.
The Los Angeles-based company was hired by the Eastern Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce and other groups to recommend ways to revitalize the area from White Marsh to Dundalk.
Lesser & Co. found that southeast core -- which includes part of Baltimore City as well as Dundalk, Rosedale and Essex -- has lost 30,000 residents since 1970 and experienced a net job loss in the last 20 years.
Revitalizing the east side will be handled by a team headed by county administrator Merreen Kelly. The team includes representatives from the county's community conservation office, economic development department, the Office of Planning and Zoning and a new Eastern Baltimore Area Community Development Corp.
The team's priorities include reviewing the long-idle Sparrows Point industrial park project, looking into ways to promote business in old industrial corridors, exploring options for the waterfront and clarifying obstacles to the extension of Route 43 (White Marsh Boulevard).
The team plans to develop a list of construction projects to present to the county Planning Board by Jan. 1.