Baltimore County Council Passes Legislation To Safeguard Middle River Depot's Historic Structure Amid Renovation


Run down warehouse spaces at 2800 Eastern Blvd. (Credit: Google/ Google Maps)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - On July 3rd, the Baltimore County Council approved legislation that will preserve the historical significance of the Middle River Depot while it undergoes a transformation.

Bill 43-23 will guide the implementation of fire safety systems, ensuring the building's historic structure remains intact during its renovation.

Middle River Depot, a significant World War II relic that once employed over 50,000 workers building B-26 Martin Marauder bomber aircraft, has been vacant for years. Owings Mills-based Blue Ocean initially acquired the derelict depot for $19.9 million in 2019 and embarked on a $75 million internal redesign of the site, rebranding it as Aviation Station. The redesign saw the vast building transformed into office space, a maker space, and an indoor sports complex.

The property, which spans 50 acres at 2800 and 3000 Eastern Blvd, was recently sold to Reich Brothers, a White Plains, New York-based industrial real estate firm, in an off-market transaction that closed in late October.

According to the Reich Brothers website, The firm plans for the former aircraft plant include a 1.3 million square foot warehouse equipped with 48 loading docks and 25 acres of outdoor storage and parking.

"I am very happy to report that this common sense legislation passed that will advance the revitalization of the historic depot. Many thanks to Council Chair Julian Jones for co-sponsoring the bill with me, and to County Executive Olszewski and Fire Chief Joanne Rund for working with us. Finally, thank you to Reich Brothers for their ongoing work to repurpose this part of Middle River," Councilman David Marks said at the meeting.

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