2 teams eyed for city tract

December 20, 2006|By Jill Rosen | Jill Rosen,Sun Reporter

Two developers are competing to be the city's choice to transform an industrial leg of South Baltimore near Interstate 95.

The Baltimore Development Corporation is slated tomorrow to consider proposals by teams who want to redevelop and manage Gateway South, an 11-acre waterfront site south of M&T Bank Stadium and east of the 500-acre Carroll Camden Industrial Park.

BDC has narrowed the list of six competitors for the project to two: Himmelrich Associates, which developed the Montgomery Park office complex; and Cormony Development, a team that includes Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis as an equity owner.

Both teams intend to build 600,000 square feet of office space and a 70,000- square-foot Greyhound bus facility. Committing to a new Greyhound station was a requirement of the project. The bus company has been operating from a temporary facility nearby.

In addition, Himmelrich would include a 150-room hotel, a 25,000-square-foot conference center and 100,000 square feet of "destination retail."

Cormony would build a 90,000-square-foot sports complex, a 25,000-square- foot health club and 100,000 square feet of retail.

BDC officials have said they are looking for a developer that will incorporate environmentally sound "green" building techniques in its project. They also wanted a project that would create new jobs.

BDC officials are scheduled to choose one of the two proposals to recommend to the city at their board meeting tomorrow.

jill.rosen@baltsun.com

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