Tower cranes are a tell-tale sign of progress in development and construction. With 1.1 million square feet under construction in Port Covington, five tower cranes are required to build the five buildings as part of its current development phase. To date, Chapter 1B has three tower cranes installed and active onsite at Port Covington, with two more slated to arrive this summer. The tower cranes are visible from vantage points throughout Baltimore and I-95 as a sign of the progress and economic growth that the city will realize as the neighborhood develops.
Tower cranes do the heaviest lifting on construction sites, routinely lifting tons of construction materials from a truck or staging area to the precise location where it is needed on the building site. Tower cranes are secured to the ground with bolts in concrete pads and operated by skilled technicians.
This development phase includes more than 1.1 million square feet of development (440,000 SF office; 586,000 SF residential; 116,000 SF retail, and more than 1,000 parking spaces), and 10 acres of parks and public space. Buildings are scheduled to begin delivering in late 2022.
At full completion, the redeveloped Port Covington will have longstanding positive impact on the City of Baltimore and its residents. In 2016, the Port Covington Development Team signed a Community Benefits Agreement with the South Baltimore 6 (SB6) Coalition, a non- profit organization that represents the South Baltimore communities of Brooklyn, Cherry Hill, Curtis Bay, Lakeland, Mt. Winans, and Westport, to outline how these communities will share in the benefits associated with a redeveloped Port Covington. That same year, the Port Covington Development Team also entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Baltimore that includes more than $100 million in commitments to fund priorities such as workforce development, education, economic development, SB6 local community benefits, affordable housing, and more. The Port Covington Development Team has funded more than $19 million toward its MOU and CBA commitments to date.