Old Monument St. Landfill might sprout shops, offices

June 27, 2008|By Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporter

Baltimore officials want to transform a former landfill in East Baltimore into a new development, most likely with offices and shops that could generate jobs in the mostly industrial area.

The Baltimore Development Corp. said yesterday that it has gotten some informal interest from developers studying the more than 29-acre former Monument Street Landfill at 3300-3400 East Madison St. and 3500 East Monument St.

"We've got to recycle land, and some of that land is old industrial stuff," said M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the BDC. "Former landfills can be recycled for bigger and better uses."

The BDC is asking for formal proposals from developers for the city-owned tract, used as a landfill about 20 years ago. The site, which would require environmental cleanup, would not be suitable for housing, Brodie said.

"I would think some mixture of retail and office would be good," some of which could serve nearby neighborhoods such as Orangeville, he said.

Developers are interested because of the size of the parcel and its location near Edison Highway and some residential areas.

The city is also considering development proposals for a landfill in Northeast Baltimore, the Bowleys Lane Landfill on Bowleys Lane in Frankford. Much of that 82-acre site had been used as a landfill until 1985.

Proposals on the Monument Street Landfill are due by Sept. 3.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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