Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz’s Vision for Redeveloping Sparrows Point

On Friday, May 3, Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz unveiled a broad vision for redeveloping Sparrows Point, focusing on job creation.

The plan is based on findings of the Sparrows Point Partnership, a business advisory group of port officials, commercial, real estate, manufacturing, logistics and distribution executives established by the County to recommend a framework for bringing new jobs to Sparrows Point, a 3,300-acre peninsula in Dundalk, after the closing of the RG Steel mill in May 2012.

The Partnership, chaired by Dan Gundersen, executive director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, analyzed the major business assets of the peninsula and suggested market-driven opportunities that could bring jobs back to Sparrows Point.

A site analysis identified the peninsula’s unique strengths as a location for industrial and maritime uses.

  • Massive land product, with over 3,300 acres (5.3 square miles) zoned for industrial use.
  • Deepwater access near the growing Port of Baltimore.
  • Interconnected transportation, including direct connection to two Class One railroads and Interstates 695 and 95.
  • Exceptional natural gas and electricity and a large supply of treated water flowing directly to the site.
  • A highly capable, motivated workforce.

The Partnership identified four major opportunity areas for business attraction and job growth: port and maritime uses; clean energy; advanced manufacturing and assembly; and distribution, logistics and freight.

For more information on Kamenetz’s vision for Sparrows Point, click here.