Over the last few weeks, Sagamore Development, which has purchased more than 200 acres in Port Covington and Westport through 37 different land acquisitions, made landscaping improvements to the area.
Several medians along Hanover St. were landscaped, grass areas at the corner of McComas St. by Swann Park were fixed up, and sidewalks were edged and trimmed. Trees and bushes have also been added to the medians on Cromwell St. and additional improvements were made to the entrance of the Port Covington Shopping Center.
Sagamore President Marc Weller released to following statement to SouthBMore.com:
“Sagamore Development has begun a landscaping initiative at Port Covington on public and private land to enhance its appearance, preserve green space and begin its transformation into a world-class waterfront destination.”
Landscaping improvements also continue around the recently opened City Garage. Last week, Sagamore held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Sagamore Distillery project and it is currently working on plans for a future 3 million sq. ft. Under Armour campus. Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank is the owner of Plank Industries which includes Sagamore Spirit, Sagamore Development, Sagamore Innovation, Sagamore Racing, and Sagamore Creative. Under Armour’s growth into Port Covington is already underway as it is fully converting the former Sam’s Club at the shopping center into a new 170,000 sq. ft. office building for its finance and IT department. Approximately 600 employees are expected to move to the facility in January.
Pedestrian and bicycle access to the area remains a challenge, however Sagamore is looking to build a bike and pedestrian trail from Swann Park past the Schuster Concrete site. This will provide better access to City Garage, West Covington Park, and Nick’s Fish House.
The Department of Transportation is also launching a $1.8 million study at the end of this year to research improvements to Hanover St. and the Hanover Street Bridge.
The South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA) has additionally been working on a Hanover Street Gateway project to improve the entrance to the neighborhood at the intersection of Hanover St. and Wells St. As part of this work, new landscaped medians were constructed this year on the 1700 and 1800 blocks of S. Hanover St.
SBNA’s Neighborhood Design Committee is working on the addition of a sculpture in the median on the 1800 block through the PNC Transformative Art Prize. The committee is also working with Casino Impact Funds on new South Baltimore signage at the intersection and along Hanover St. Plans will be presented at this month’s SBNA meeting.