Networking Event Held at the Crazy Tuna

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Business Expo

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Big News on Key to Development in Dundalk

Mapping Economic Growth:

A Key to Development in Dundalk and Surrounding Communities

Chesapeake Enterprise Zone (Designated in yellow on the map)

The proposal to enlarge the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone has the potential for huge impact in the economy of the North Point Peninsula. The incentives available to companies under Enterprise Zone designation remain critical to retaining and growing the industrial base in Baltimore County.

The current 2400-acre zone could double if approved, and provides two dramatic benefits for a business located in the zone – real property tax credits and State income tax credits. If a business increases the value of its real property by making physical improvements, it may be eligible to receive real property tax credits over a 10-year period on the value of the improvement. The credit equals 80% of the tax that would have been paid on the improvement in the first five years and it decreases by 10% in each of the next five years.

If the business hires new employees, it may be eligible for a one-time state income tax credit of $1000 per net new employee. That credit can rise to $6000 per new employee over three years if the employee is determined to be economically disadvantaged when hired. Approval by Baltimore County appears very likely.

There are plenty of other projects impacting local economic development. Here’s a sampling:

  1. Sparrows Point Terminal – Following years of mismanagement by a series of owners, 31 acres of property is a world-class logistics and fulfillment hub, offering deep channel access, two railroad lines and exceptional access to major highways.
  2. Maryland Port Administration – a stalwart resource for decades, the two local terminals are growing with both containerized and roll-on/roll-off inventory
  3. Merritt Pavilion – Vanguard Retail Property Development Inc. and the Segall Group purchased the 27-acre site at Merritt Blvd. and Wise to create an active community hub and gathering place, including a 24,000 square foot recreation and multi-purpose center, upgrade local athletic fields and attract national retailers and food outlets, including Chipotle and Panera Bread.
  4. Merritt Park – Texas Roadhouse is just the start of the nationally recognized businesses that should inhabit the newly designed space. Rite Aid already is on site, with Chili’s and others soon to follow.
  5. Merritt Manor – Continental Realty made a sizeable investment following the departure of several tenants, attracting Gold’s Gym, a pharmacy and dental provider.
  6. Dundalk High School –The ambitious project took residents by surprise and is the envy of other districts by offering an unexpected amount of state-of-the-art resources and real commitment from Baltimore County and the school system. Principal Tom Shouldice was a great choice as principal, having enough foresight to host the very successful DRC Housing Fair two years in a row.
  7. CCBC – Dundalk – While the smallest campus of the CCBC system, Dundalk has led regional efforts in training of skilled trades and providing an affordable post-secondary education for thousands through its foundation.
  8. Three Garden Village – A $13 million investment will finance the makeover of approx. 600 units in the next three years. SilverBrick Group of New York plans to infuse up to $9,000 in each rental unit and draw in large part from a local market. The upgrade could change the face of the Dundalk shopping center.
  9. Dundalk Avenue construction – The frustration that began in fall 2012 might actually celebrate a third-year anniversary, but the final product could serve area residents for decades. Upgrades by BG&E delayed much of the construction on Dundalk Avenue as gas mains and very old concrete were replaced. Some portions already are at the streetscape phase, with trees planted and benches installed.
  10. Foundry Station – The former Seagrams location on Sollers Point Rd. should provide up to 187 townhomes on its 12 acres, with prices likely to start at just over $200,000. All units will be sold, not rented.
  11. Grants for Homeowners – To spur home ownership, the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation has partnered with Baltimore County to provide house hunters within the historic Dundalk District a $5,000 grant, while the state will put in another $10,000 for those who qualify.
  12. Village of Bear Creek – This gated waterfront development near Lynch Cove has 39 luxury townhomes with approx. 2300 square feet of living space, sky decks, lofts, private garages, a private marina and more. Built by Mark homes.
  13. Lakes at Stansbury Shores – These quick-selling single family units and townhomes off Peninsula Expwy. have access to Bear Creek and all of the modern amenities. A majority of homeowners have local roots. The project was conceived and built by Ryland Homes.
  14. Image Engineering – Relatively new to its Norris Lane location, this nationally-known enterprise provides state-of-the-art lighting and special effects for events from Ravens games to a DC reception for the Dalai Lama.
  15. QRS – Slated to open at a Fischer Road location in November 2015, this plastic recovery facility will provide recycling throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. This joint venture between QRS and Canusa Hershman Recycling could provide hundreds of local jobs.
  16. Amazon – A 1 million square-foot facility employing nearly 1,000 people. While it is located inside Baltimore City, Amazon’s proximity to Dundalk brings life back to the entire Holabird business area.
  17. Sun Products – The former Lever Brothers property at 5300 Holabird Avenue was purchased in 2008 by Sun Products, which recently sold to Chesapeake Real Estate Group for redevelopment. Depending on types of employers at the location, developers believe it can provide 500 to 1000 jobs.
  18. BJs Warehouse – Chesapeake Real Estate Group comes up again. The developer of Canton Crossing is helping to develop a new BJs Warehouse at Ponca and O’Donnell Streets within the year.
  19. Ramada Hotel – Planned for construction at Eastern Avenue and Kane Street just behind the Wawa and Firestone store, this hotel will be marketed to families of patients at Johns Hopkins-Bayview.
  20. Eastpoint Mall – The long-standing and venerable shopping mall has new on-site management and a mission to attract quality retailers and other businesses to its property. Sears and J.C. Penney continue to provide real national retail presence.
  21. Fort Howard VA Hospital property – More potential than development, many North Point residents and County Councilman Todd Crandell flatly oppose a plan by Fort Howard Development to build up to 1300 homes on the peninsula. When development does occur – good or bad – it have a large impact on the local culture.
  22. Shaw’s Discovery – Developer Mark Sapperstein’s project to build a housing development off North Point Road near Miller’s Island Road continues to evolve, most recently with a plan to sell the historic farmhouse to a local buyer. Again, a project that will change the face of the community.
  23.  Admiral’s Landing – A Hovanian Homes project, this new townhouse development on North Point Blvd. at Old Battle Grove Road has been attracting buyers to the three-story units.

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MD State Fair Winner – Dotty Cristy

Maryland State Fair – Executive Director Dotty Cristy participates in the Maryland State Fair every year. Here is the collection of ribbons won this year. Congratulations Dotty!


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A New Era Begins

Cathy Dailey-Hurley Named As New Chamber Executive Director

The board of directors has approved Catherine Dailey-Hurley as the new Executive Director of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, completing an extensive search to replace current Executive Director Dotty Cristy, who retires at year’s end.

“We’re very pleased with our selection,” said Chamber president Jim Russell. “It turned out that finding a candidate to replace Dotty and keep her high standards was pretty challenging.”

Cathy has substantial experience, most  recently as a financial analyst, and she  has held several supervisory positions in the financial  services field. She has demonstrated ability to communicate on written  and oral levels, track implementation of scheduling, work under deadline, thrive in a team environment and perform a multitude of daily operations.  Cathy has extensive skills in running an office, has computer skills, and is a resident of Woodley Rd.

Please welcome Cathy as she helps to take the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce to its next level of service to the community.


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New Website

To better serve our community, the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, has undergone a massive overhaul by introducing a new website and logo to accomplish the vision that we have for our area. Thank you so much for being a part of this journey with us.


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