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Port Covington complex offers free space and amenities to ‘impactful’ organizations

Impact Village tenants pose outside of the complex on Thursday. (Courtesy of Port Covington)

The latest addition to Port Covington — an office complex called Impact Village that provides complimentary space and amenities to organizations making “positive changes” in Baltimore — officially launched on Thursday. The Port Covington Development Team also announced the names of the 11 businesses, organizations and nonprofits that will be the building’s inaugural tenants. 

These tenants will get to use space in the complex, as well as its Wi-Fi, security, mail services, conference rooms and meeting spaces, at no cost. Impact Village hopes that by offering free space and accommodations, it will limit the organizations’ overhead, allowing them to increase their operational capacity and grow.  

The tenants are:  

  • The Choice Program, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County, program that provides programming, resources and case management for Maryland youths 
  • Sandtown Millworks, which creates furniture from salvaged materials in Baltimore 
  • Conscious Venture Lab, an early-stage business accelerator
  • Stanley Snacks for School Kids, a nonprofit that supplies snacks to food-insecure children in local public schools 
  • MOM Cares, which provides doula services to mothers in Baltimore 
  • The Arts Project Inc., a nonprofit that teaches children in Baltimore about the arts 
  • Murphy Enterprises, a firm focused on community impact, workforce development, vendor/supplier inclusion and sustainability
  • Wolf Professional Security Inc., which provides security for businesses in Port Covington 
  • Reveille Grounds, a coffee shop and gathering space focused on building community for veterans 
  • Sharp Dressed Man, which helps style male job seekers for interviews 
  • Suited to Succeed-Dress for Success Greater Baltimore, which provides professional attire as well as support and development tools to women professionals

Impact Village will also be home to the Port Covington Workforce Opportunity Center, a job center that will aim to place workers, with a focus on Baltimore city residents, in jobs within Port Covington.  

Tenants occupy the building on a month-by-month basis until they choose to leave, according to a Port Covington spokesperson. 

“Port Covington’s Impact Village embodies the type of flourishing community that South Baltimore residents deserve,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott in a press release. “The Port Covington Team was intentional in their approach to uplift local businesses and entrepreneurs, and I am excited to see the positive impact this effort will have on our community.” 

Some of the buildings’ occupants have already been inhabiting the space for months now, according to the spokesperson. Impact Village, which is across the street from City Garage, an anchor office building in Port Covington, was originally slated to open in March 2020, but its launch was pushed back due to the pandemic.  

Both buildings are on the west side of Port Covington, set apart from the 1.1 million square foot mixed-use area of the redevelopment — called Chapter 1B — that has been under construction since February of this year. 

The 235-acre, $5.5 billion Port Covington redevelopment, which has been called one of the largest underway in the United States, currently houses The Baltimore Sun, Under Armor and several other businesses and nonprofits. Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Ventures and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group are the project’s lead investors, and Weller Development Company is the lead developer. 

“When we began planning Port Covington, we knew we wanted it to be a neighborhood unlike anything else, both in the city of Baltimore and the country,” said Marc Weller, founding partner of Weller Development Company, in a press release. “Now, as the cranes over Port Covington indicate, this neighborhood is coming to life and Impact Village is a shining example of what we envisioned. The cost-free offices in Impact Village allow tenants to maximize efficiency and further their businesses. We help them and in turn, they help the city — which is what Port Covington is all about.” 

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