The former site of a waste incinerator in Northeast Baltimore could be developed into a big-box store or warehouses or a combination under a plan being proposed by construction magnate Willard Hackerman, who has a contract to purchase the vacant, 19-acre site on Pulaski Highway from the city for more than $1 million.
Hackerman, president and chief executive of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., has asked the city to designate the 6709 Pulaski Highway parcel a planned unit development, which would allow him to proceed with one of three scenarios. The city's Planning Commission on Thursday approved the PUD designation, which is supported by community groups including the Frankford Improvement Association.
Under proposals by Pulaski Limited Partnership, of which Hackerman is the principal, the site would be redeveloped for retail use, most likely a single, one-level "big box" store or for industrial or distribution warehouses or a mix.
"We're pleased to know we can see this (site) helping our community as well as the city," Barbara Jackson, the head of the Frankford community group, told the commission.
Hackerman bought the city-owned incinerator for $41 million in 1981 and leased the land from the city. But former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke blocked plans to build a replacement after the city determined the contract with Hackerman had locked the city into an excessively high price to dispose of refuse, according to reports in The Sun. The facility closed in 1995 and was demolished, and the brownfield site has since been cleaned up.