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Plans for makerspaces are sprouting up everywhere in Baltimore

The latest, according to CityLab, is an idea to turn former industrial buildings into a small village of shared spaces in Southwest Baltimore.

Southwest Baltimore industrial opportunities, according to a flyer from a recent Baltimore Heritage bus tour. (Photo via

Kevin Plank isn’t the only one with visions of makerspaces in Baltimore.
CityLab spotlights a plan afoot in Southwest Baltimore to turn vacant industrial buildings into a collection of makerspaces for light manufacturing.
The initial ideas for industry in the space include apparel manufacturing, a “Waste-To-Wealth” incubator and food-and-drink startups.
However, the buildings that writer Anthony Flint got a look at are going to take a lot of rehab to bring back. As planner Andy Cook put it to him, “It’s going to take some doing.”
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Makerspace plans are starting to sprout up like the trees that grow out of the former factory buildings.
Under Armour’s Plank is bringing an innovation center — with makerspaces — to a former city bus garage in Port Covington this fall. Last week, the Baltimore Arts Realty Corp. unveiled plans for a new arts incubator in Station North, the Baltimore Business Journal reports.


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