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Weller Development Company is leading the redevelopment of Port Covington. Now its headquarters will be in Port Covington, too.
In 2020, the company plans to move from its offices along Key Highway in Locust Point to City Garage, the city bus garage-turned-innovation hub that in 2016 became the first building to open as part of ambitious plans for the South Baltimore area. It is taking space that previously home to The Foundery, the massive makerspace and workforce training outfit that closed inside City Garage earlier this year.
“Port Covington is on the move, and so are we,” Marc Weller, founding partner of Weller Development, said in a statement. “Our expanding team is keeping pace with the growth and momentum of Port Covington and we can’t wait to move closer to the daily action and construction on the ground.”
Weller Development Company said it plans to take 13,000-square-feet of office space, where its team of 60 employees will work in an open floor plan. The company is also planning to open a sales center in City Garage that will help in its efforts to attract businesses, retailers and investors.
The January 2020 move will be a gain for City Garage, which is also home to tech community and education space Betamore, medical device accelerator Launchport, and Under Armour’s Lighthouse, the company’s manufacturing innovation center. It’s also been home to individual companies, such as Balti Virtual and Workbench, which was acquired by Google a year ago.
Weller is working with interior designer Wingate Hughes and architect Waldon Studios on its space, and it will be constructed by Southway Builders. The office will also have hand-painted art by Baltimore muralist Will Brown.
The move signals that the company looking to attract others to the development also sees it as a viable place to base a business. On the other side of the 235-acre area earlier this year, Weller broke ground on a new phase of construction where cybersecurity companies will play a role.
Weller is the lead developer on the $5.5 billion Port Covington project, which is jointly owned by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development and prominent investment bank Goldman Sachs.
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