Harbor Point History

1845

1845

Baltimore geologist Issac Tyson establishes the Baltimore Chrome Works chromite processing plant on the waterfront to the west of Fell’s Point, producing chromium chemicals for American textile mills and pigment manufacturing plants.

1930 – 1940

1930 – 1940

The plant is expanded and modernized by the Mutual Chemical Company (acquired the facility in 1908).

1949-1950

1949-1950

The plant is expanded a second time. Baltimore Chrome Works grows into the world’s largest facility for the manufacture of chromium chemicals.

Early 1980s

Environmental investigations conducted at the site establish that large quantities of chromium are migrating from the site, with most of the chromium being released to the Baltimore harbor.

1985-1986

1985-1986

The plant shuts down due to economic conditions and foreign competition. Study of the site continues, yielding reports on remediation and feasibility.

1989

Allied Signal enters into a Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Maryland Department of the Environment to begin dismantlement of the plant and site remediation.

1990-1992

1990-1992

Several larger manufacturing buildings are dismantled. A rock embankment is constructed around the site’s perimeter to support old and failing bulkheads. Contaminated soil in the southeast portion of the site is removed.

1993

The Baltimore City Council passes a Planned Unit Development (PUD) ordinance for development of the site.

1994

1994

Construction of a deep barrier wall (more than three feet wide and 70 feet deep) around the site begins. The bentonite “slurry wall” is completed in 1996.

1996

1996

Work begins on a cap consisting of natural materials and an impermeable synthetic liner that covers 15 acres of the site. The cap is completed in 1999.

1998

1998

Workers complete a building that houses the site’s water transfer station, computer nerve center, and new offices.

1999

1999

Tanks, a laboratory, and a wastewater treatment plant on the site are dismantled, allowing for completion of the multimedia cap. Allied Signal acquires Honeywell and retains the Honeywell name.

2003

Ground lease signed between Honeywell and Harbor Point Development.

2004

Planned Unit Development approved for up to 1.8 million total square feet.

January 2008

January 2008

Construction of Thames Street Wharf begins.

May 2010

May 2010

Thames Street Wharf opens, with Morgan Stanley moving in as the first Harbor Point tenant.

April 2013

Planned Unit Development approved for three million square feet of mixed-use development.

September 2013

Tax Increment Financing approved by Baltimore City Council to fund construction of infrastructure and public park space on Harbor Point.

April 2014

April 2014

Construction begins on the Exelon Building with a connected Central Plaza.

April 2016

April 2016

Construction begins on 1405 Point.

October 2016

October 2016

Exelon Building opens.

June 2017

June 2017

Sandlot opens on the southwest end of the site. The 40,000 SF artificial beach is planned as a temporary installation until the development of Harbor Point Park.

May 2018

Construction begins on Wills Wharf.

July 2018

July 2018

1405 Point opens.