Two-Phase, Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Establishes Marina as Premier Destination on the East Coast
Harbor East today announced that the Harbor East Marina’s two-phased, multi-million dollar
renovation project is now completed. The extensive improvement project, which began in 2016, included replacing the floating docks that service 200 boat slips, upgrading the electrical systems, adding IPE decking, and dredging the northwest corner of the marina, as well as updating the interior boaters’ lounge and adding a new event space. Today, the fully updated marina, a Baltimore City property leased to Harbor East, is proudly operating at full capacity and is already welcoming boaters from across the east coast.
The Harbor East Marina renovation was partially funded through two competitive grant programs for recreational boating facilities – the Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG) offered by US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Maryland State Waterway Improvement Fund (WIF) offered by Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Representatives from Baltimore City and the Baltimore Development Corporation were integral in securing these grants for the project. The funds were used to offset the design and construction costs for replacement of the docks and maintenance dredging at the marina; the $1.6M BIG plus the $900K WIF awards accounted for approximately 30% of the total cost of the project.
“Harbor East has become known throughout the region as one of Baltimore’s most vibrant neighborhoods, featuring best-in-class design, contemporary amenities and renowned shops and restaurants,” stated Tim O’Donald, President of Harbor East Management Group. “It is only fitting that our marina reflect the quality and modernity of the development in order to provide boaters the same elevated experience we provide on land. Today, we are proud to announce that the new Harbor East Marina is not only the premier marina destination in Baltimore, but also one of the few truly elite properties on the east coast.”
In order for the marina to remain operational through the summer seasons, the approximately two-year project was broken down into phases. Phase one of the construction was completed in the spring of 2017 and included replacing eight of the existing floating docks with brand-new Ipe decking, wider piers and slips, enhanced shore power and a host of new amenities, including a 1,600 square foot, tented party pad for marina events and private gatherings. Phase two of the construction began in the fall of 2017 and involved updating the remaining two docks as well as dredging on the northwest side of the marina. The dredging project successfully increased the depth of the marina’s northwest section from two feet to seven feet, making the entire marina safely navigable for all visiting boaters.
“This is a big moment for all of the staff, vendors, and government partners involved in the redevelopment of the Harbor East Marina,” said Eric Bradley, Vice President of Operations, Oasis Marinas. “In order to remain competitive, it was critical that we update the marina in order to accommodate modern vessels as well as the growing demand for new, sophisticated amenities. Everyone on the team worked hard and in concert to complete the project on time and on budget. We look forward to welcoming boaters to the brand-new, best-in-class Harbor East Marina.”
Harbor East Marina is proud to partner with the following vendors for the renovation: Moffatt & Nichol, engineering and permitting; Dissen & Juhn, general contractor; Meeco-Sullivan, dock manufacturer; and Marine Electrical Equipment, pedestals and accessories.
About Harbor East Marina
Harbor East Marina is a 184 slip facility located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, within the vibrant Harbor East neighborhood. The facility, which boasts 500 feet of alongside dockage and ample amenities for annual, seasonal and transient guests, has been operated by Harbor East since 1992, with Oasis Marinas brought on to provide management services in 2015. With its brand-new floating docks, Ipe decking, newly appointed boater lounge, party pad and prime location among some of the city’s best restaurants and shops, Harbor East Marina is the premier marina destination in Baltimore. www.harboreastmarina.com
About Harbor East
Harbor East is home to Baltimore’s best shopping, dining, entertainment, hotels and residences, boasting 5.5 million square feet of development. Replacing a landscape once characterized by warehouses and factories, Harbor East is now defined by gleaming architecture and modern amenities, creating a neighborhood that is vibrant, sophisticated and a true destination. Among its many distinct attractions are critically-acclaimed restaurants, national retailers, a world-class fitness center, seven-screen art house theatre, 200-slip marina and the luxury Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. An inspiring place for business, Harbor East provides a contemporary setting for best-in-class offices and international corporations. Owned, developed and managed by a company with deep roots in Baltimore, Harbor East is proud to call the city home, generating over $42 million in taxes and fees annually and providing space for over 6,000 local workers. Harbor East is committed to ensuring the long-term success of its properties with a focused vision of advancing Baltimore City as a whole. www.harboreast.com