Brigance Brigade Foundation to support Accessibility Task Force

Sep 5, 2017

Brigance Brigade Foundation to convene independent task force to ensure Port Covington serves as model for accessibility

Baltimore, Md. — The Port Covington development team today announced it has selected the Brigance Brigade Foundation to support an independent task force consisting of cross-accessibility leaders in the Baltimore area, to ensure the Port Covington development serves as a global model for accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Concurrently, the Port Covington team announced it has selected Williams Associates to design the first complete rebuild of a signalized intersection at the planned 235-acre Port Covington redevelopment. Williams Associates, a minority-owned engineering firm based in Severna Park, Md., will work with the task force assembled by the Brigance Brigade Foundation to ensure its design includes current best practices in accessible design, including Accessible Pedestrian Signals, detectable warning surface, a fully accessible pedestrian path, and more.  Williams Associates will design an improved intersection at Cromwell Street and Insulator Drive in Port Covington, a project that includes the widening of McComas Street and the addition of a new street that ties in on the north side of the intersection.

The Brigance Brigade Foundation is an ALS support organization created by former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda. The Foundation’s mission is to equip, encourage, and empower individuals living with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

“The redevelopment of Port Covington provides us with an amazing opportunity to create spaces that allow everyone to comfortably live, work and play,” said Marc Weller, president of Sagamore Development Company. “We’re extremely excited to work with the Brigance Brigade, leveraging its expertise to ensure people of all abilities are able to experience everything Port Covington has to offer.”

O.J. Brigance, co-founder and chairman of the Brigance Brigade Foundation added: “We are honored to work with the Port Covington development team to advocate for PALS (People living with ALS) and others with disabilities in the Port Covington project and beyond.”

The rebuild of the intersection of Cromwell Street and Insulator Drive will be the first in Port Covington since the project launched.  Cromwell Street is a roadway that has been steadily changing in character, with the opening of Under Armour’s Building 37, the Sagamore Spirit Distillery, and most recently the creation of the bike lanes and on-street parking.

Williams Associates will design and prepare contract documents for a traffic signal installation at the intersection of Cromwell Street and Insulator Drive. The project will include the thoughtful design of accessible ramps and areas of refuge, easily detectible surfaces, as well as visual and audible signals for pedestrians.

The rebuilt intersection at Cromwell Street and Insulator Drive will provide signalized crossing for expanded bike lanes along this section of Cromwell. The intersection will also be altered to provide full signalized access for trucks and employee vehicles accessing the Baltimore Sun printing building via a new driveway that will tie in on the north side of the intersection. The new driveway, which will ultimately be a new street, will be nicknamed Purple Street until a permanent street name is designated.

The design of the intersection rebuild kicked off in August and is expected to be submitted to Baltimore City for approval by February 2018.

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About Port Covington:  Port Covington is a 235-acre master-planned, mixed-use redevelopment project, with a prime location on the waterfront in Baltimore City.  As one of the largest urban renewal efforts in America, the redevelopment of Port Covington will have a fundamental and far-reaching positive impact on Baltimore, its economy and its future.  The 25-year project will include 14.1 million square feet of new, mixed-use development, 2.5 miles of restored waterfront, and 40 acres of parks and green space for Baltimore City at completion.  The Port Covington redevelopment is expected to generate thousands of new jobs, new businesses, better transit, more public parks, improved access to the waterfront, new space for manufacturing, fresh opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship and more for Baltimore City residents and its local workforce.  Port Covington’s location is adjacent to I-95, the East Coast’s most traveled highway, providing convenient and efficient commuting and travel times for the area’s workforce, residents, tourists and other visitors. In addition, Port Covington’s proximity to I-95 offers visibility and accessibility to 42 million cars passing by the site each year.  When completed, Port Covington will be a world-class destination and engine for economic growth, with vibrant retail and entertainment options, iconic office buildings, hotels, residential, and waterfront parks.   For more information, please visit BuildPortCovington.com.

About the Brigance Brigade Foundation: Following his diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 2007, former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda created the Brigance Brigade Foundation to equip, encourage and empower People living with ALS (PALS). The mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation is to improve the quality of life for PALS and their families by providing access to support services, needed equipment, and resource guidance.  For more information on the Brigance Brigade, visit www.brigancebrigade.org.