Hogan touts defunct Naval Base Maryland redevelopment plan, economic growth – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan described the redevelopment of a former naval base in Cecil County as a “game-changing step forward” for Maryland during a ceremony Thursday.

The Maryland state government plans to redevelop the Bainbridge Naval Training Center along with more than 400 acres along the Interstate 95 corridor in an effort to create thousands of jobs in a part of Maryland that ” is home to a major distribution and logistics market,” Hogan said in a social media post.

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Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger, representatives from MRP Industrial and the Bainbridge Development Corporation, and other state and local elected officials joined Hogan at the ceremony.

In a brief speech at the event, Hogan noted that the redevelopment project “will be a tremendous asset in helping us continue to meet the needs of more and more companies looking to do business in the State of Maryland”.

The redevelopment project will help the state attract more companies looking to do business in Maryland, he added.

“This warehouse space and industrial space along I-95, especially in Cecil and Harford counties, continues to be in high demand,” he said.

The unique training facility holds significant Maryland and American history, Hogan said.

The former naval base was a prep school for boys before it was purchased by President Franklin Roosevelt and remodeled for recruits.

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“Nearly 245,000 recruits were trained here throughout World War II,” Hogan said. “And the center was reactivated in 1950 as we entered the Korean War and its final deactivation was commemorated here with a flag lowering ceremony in 1976.”

The US Naval Academy officially transferred ownership to the state of Maryland in 2000, Hogan said.

Two decades later, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, disabled people the training center caught fire. It took firefighters hours to contain the flames.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office then launched an investigation into the fire.

The redevelopment ceremony is one of many economic development announcements the Hogan administration has made in Cecil County in recent years.

In July 2021, Governor Hogan conducted a helicopter tour of the Principio Business Park, which covers over 1,600 acres and currently houses distribution facilities and offices for major corporations such as General Electric, Restoration Hardware and Amazon. , according to state officials.

Also in July, Great Wolf Lodge opened its largest complex, which will be located in Perryville, and Highline Warren, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive products, opened a state-of-the-art distribution center in Elkton, state officials said. . .

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A few months later, in October, Alo Yoga and BELLA+CANVAS, two Los Angeles-based clothing brands, opened a new distribution center in North East, a small town between Baltimore and Philadelphia, according to state officials. .

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