WHAT’S HAPPENING IN PORT COVINGTON

New Bike Paths Taking Shape in Port Covington!

April 26, 2017
Come bike on over! As part of our commitment to create multiple ways to move in and around Port Covington, the second phase of the bike path was finished earlier this month. The new path will provide more than 0.7 miles of new terrain for bikes to cruise around Port Covington safely and quickly. The first, north-south leg of the trails feature a pilot trail of glow stones that collect sunlight during the day and provide light at night. The second phase will ultimately stretch from West Covington Park along Cromwell Street to East McComas Street near Key Highway. In addition to the 0.7 miles added by Phase II along Cromwell Street in Port Covington, construction near downtown Baltimore on an additional 2.2 miles of on-street cycle track between Madison and Centre street is expected to complete in July.

Sagamore Spirit Distillery Opens for Business

April 26, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] We’re excited to announce that the Sagamore Spirit Distillery has opened for business in Port Covington! Joined by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Sagamore Spirit President, Brian Treacy and Co-Founder, Bill McDermond cut the ribbon officially opening the Distillery to the public. Before Prohibition, Maryland was home to 44 distilleries, with at least 13 in downtown Baltimore. Even after Prohibition, Maryland was one of the country’s leading rye whiskey producers. By 1939, it held one-third of the nation’s rye whiskey supply. When the US entered World War II, 100% of the distilleries turned to ethanol plants to support the war effort. After the war, very few of those ethanol plants converted back to rye whiskey distilleries and the rye whiskey industry in Maryland almost disappeared. The opening of this one-of-a-kind distillery highlights Sagamore Spirit’s goal to put Maryland back on the map as the premier distiller of Rye Whiskey. Located on East Cromwell Street in Port Covington and overlooking the water, the five-acre Sagamore Spirit Distillery campus consists of three buildings: a Distillery Building, Processing Building, and restaurant, slated to open in Fall 2017.Tours and tastings are available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the Distillery and how to visit, Sagamorespirit.com. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery admin_label="Gallery" gallery_ids="576,577,578,579" fullwidth="off" orientation="landscape" show_title_and_caption="off" show_pagination="off" background_layout="light" auto="off" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Cleaning Up the Middle Branch!

April 26, 2017
Trash is one of the leading causes of pollution in Baltimore City and one of the easiest to address. According to the State of Maryland’s Department of the Environment, the Middle Branch receives drainage from three distinct Maryland watersheds: Baltimore Harbor, Gwynns Falls, and Jones Falls, all within Baltimore City and Baltimore County. It is one of only two specific segments of the Patapsco River that is considered impaired for trash. With a one-of-a-kind waterfront development on the horizon, it is imperative that we join the effort to improve the condition of the water surrounding our city. Earlier this month, Plank Industries and Sagamore Development joined Blue Water Baltimore and members of the South Baltimore Six neighborhoods to help clean up the south bank of the Patapsco River’s Middle Branch. Over the course of a Saturday, the team removed 7,200 pounds of trash and garbage from the riverbank. This is just the first step in a long-term commitment to water preservation. There are more community clean-up events to come!

Port Covington Featured at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore Job Fair

April 26, 2017
On April 3rd, Congressman Elijah Cummings hosted his 20th Annual Job Fair in Baltimore City at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Bringing together over 70 local employers, Rep. Cummings continued his long tradition of helping Baltimoreans find work. Throughout the day, workshops were held on a variety of topics, aimed at helping attendees learn how they can be more competitive in the job market. During the fair, Alicia Wilson, Sagamore Development’s Vice President of Community Affairs and Legal Advisor, was invited to discuss job opportunities resulting from the redevelopment of Port Covington. Alicia provided information on the size and scale of the development, as well as Sagamore Development’s commitment to help train a workforce that can support the project.

Kevin Plank’s Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp

April 24, 2017
Launched in the fall of 2016, Kevin Plank’s Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp is a pre-apprenticeship program created to teach Baltimore-area residents a broad range of skills and offer exposure to building trades to better equip them to explore careers in manufacturing.

UA House at Fayette Opens in Partnership with Living Classrooms

April 24, 2017
In 1990, there were nearly 150 community centers in Baltimore. Today, across our city there are only 46. This rapid reduction in our city’s rec centers fueled a desire and aspiration to create more places for communities to gather, children to play and residents to gain access to educational and job training resources. From that desire, the UA House at Fayette, was born.