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From Idle to Full Throttle: The Development of the Chesapeake Commerce Center

For almost 70 years, the former General Motors Baltimore Assembly Plant produced almost every type of car in the GM lineup from the Impala to the Pontiac GTO. Located adjacent to the Seagirt and Dundalk marine terminals at the Port of Baltimore, Md., the 182-acre, 3.2 million-square-foot assembly plant provided jobs and sustained the local community until GM closed the facility in 2005. Today, this former automotive manufacturing property is well on its way to redevelopment as the Chesapeake Commerce Center—a $150-million business park that incorporates a number of sustainable design elements, including the recycling of 96% of demolition debris from the site and the construction of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building as part of the overall redevelopment. Building upon a corporate strategy to develop commercial real estate properties near key U.S. ports, Duke Realty Corp. acquired the former GM Baltimore Assembly Plant in January 2006…Log In to Read Full Article

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