Eisai Inc. signs 40,000-square-foot lease at Greenleigh at Crossroads

Baltimore Crossroads 1BALTIMORE, MD – St. John Properties, Inc. has signed Eisai Inc., the United States pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyo-based Eisai Co, Ltd., to a 40,000 square foot full-building lease within 11675 Crossroads Circle.

The flex/R&D building was built on a speculative basis, and is located within Greenleigh at Crossroads, a 550-acre mixed-use community in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County. The company plans to relocate approximately 55 employees from its existing location in Baltimore City in 2019, after construction at the site is completed. Matt Lenihan of St. John Properties represented the landlord in this transaction.

Eisai Inc. is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Each group functions as an end-to-end global business with discovery, development, and marketing capabilities. The U.S. headquarters, commercial and clinical development organizations are located in New Jersey; discovery labs are in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania; and the global demand chain organization resides in Maryland and North Carolina. The Greenleigh at Crossroads facility will be used to manufacture and distribute Gliadel®, a product used to treat brain cancer.

“This new Baltimore location enables Eisai a seamless transition in its efforts to continue to produce Gliadel® for thousands of patients worldwide,” said Shaji Procida, President and Chief Operating Officer of Eisai Inc. “It also demonstrates our commitment to constantly improve our services in areas of unmet need and to remain nimble to adapt to our changing business environment, while executing on our human health care (hhc) mission of giving our first thought to patients and their families, and helping to increase the benefits health care provides.”

St. John Properties, together with Somerset Construction Company and Elm Street Development, are currently engaged in the construction of Greenleigh at Crossroads, utilizing a concept plan that consists of 1,000 single-family homes and townhomes, 500 multi-family units, three mid-rise Class “A” commercial office buildings containing approximately 300,000 square feet of space; 443,000 square feet of single-story office space; 827,000 square feet of flex/R&D space; 188,000 square feet of retail amenities; and a 120-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

Located along MD Route 43 (White Marsh Blvd.) near Interstate 95, Baltimore Crossroads is configured to support more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial office, flex/R&D, warehouse, industrial and retail space, in addition to the hotel and residential components. Approximately 2,500 employees currently live and work in the community, including multi-family residents at the Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads and more than 10,000 jobs are expected to be created upon the completion of Baltimore Crossroads.

“This represents a tremendous win for Greenleigh at Crossroads given the influx of high-paying jobs destined to support our retail tenants and restaurants, as well as opening the possibility for the purchase or rental of residential properties within the community,” explained Richard Williamson, Senior Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for St. John Properties. “Attracting strong economic generators to Baltimore County was an extremely high priority in the design and planning of the community. This usage highlights the many advantages of Greenleigh at Crossroads including its amenities, ability to handle corporate growth and access to transportation infrastructure. With available product on-hand, we are able to immediately respond to the diversified real estate requirements of end-users, including the expansion needs of current and future tenants.”

“Based on the unique skill set of our talented employees and our strong ties to the local community, remaining in Baltimore is a priority for Eisai,” said Trudy Burke, President, Oncology Demand Chain Unit, and Baltimore Site Head. “The new site will provide a right-sized physical environment for our employees, which will help streamline operations and foster a culture of growth and innovation.”

“Our economic strength is due, in large part, to keeping innovation companies such as Eisai here in our business community. We’ve created a successful business climate that is bringing approximately 55 new life sciences jobs to Baltimore County. Eisai’s commitment to staying in the region is based on Baltimore’s powerhouse combination of well-educated workers, world-renowned medical researchers and well-located business communities. There’s a strategic advantage when you have available space for companies as they grow. Baltimore Crossroads offers the business environment Eisai needs,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy honors Marks, Perry as ‘Green Heroes’

At its annual fundraiser, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy named Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and longtime GVC official Peggy Perry as its “Heroes of the Green.” The award recognizes outstanding leadership in preserving and improving the Gunpowder River Valley.

Councilman Marks has served northeastern Baltimore County since 2010. During his tenure, he blocked the development of 11 acres to the north of the Maryland State Fish and Game Protective Association, adding that land to Honeygo Park, and lightened future development on thousands of acres in his district.

Peggy Perry is the Program Director of Education and Restoration at the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. She has helped direct major en​vironmental improvement projects at the Jennifer Run in Carney and at the Maryland State Fish and Game Protective Association in Perry Hall.

“The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is one of the most successful environmental advocacy groups in central Maryland. It has been a highlight of my Council tenure to work with them on land preservation and water quality projects,” said Councilman Marks. “Congratulations to Peggy for her well-deserved recognition, and thank you to the many supporters of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy.”

WMVFC members deployed to Texas to help with Harvey response

White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company WMVFCFour Baltimore County Fire Department personnel have been deployed to assist with emergency response to the historic flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Two of those individuals are members of White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company.

Two firefighters were deployed early Sunday morning as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency‘s Pennsylvania Task Force #1, a team of specially trained first responders based in Philadelphia.

They are Fire Lt. Byron Welker, a rescue specialist; and Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Steve Yealdhall, a hazmat specialist. They are regularly assigned to the Baltimore County Fire Department’s Texas Fire Station, home of the county’s Urban Search and Rescue team.

FEMA organizes special task forces across the nation and selectively activates them in times of disaster. Over the years, various Baltimore County Fire Department members have responded as part of Pennsylvania Task Force #1 to a number of disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero in New York.

Lieutenant Welker, FADO Yealdhall, and the rest of Pennsylvania Task Force #1 left by bus early Sunday morning. They are scheduled to stage outside of the Fort Worth area, where they will receive assignments from FEMA.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic aftermath. I am proud that Baltimore County is able to lend its expertise to help our fellow Americans suffering in this historic disaster,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III said this kind of emergency is exactly why BCoFD participates in agreements with FEMA. “Our job is to make people with the needed skills available when disasters like this occur. We don’t know what role our personnel will be asked to play in Texas. We do know that they are committed and willing to do whatever they’re asked to do.”

Two other Baltimore County Fire Department members – EMS Lieutenants Kevin Palmer and Rick Blubaugh from the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company – flew to Dallas on Friday as part of Maryland 1-Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Both Palmer and Blubaugh are certified paramedics.

DMAT provides medical care during disasters that overwhelm healthcare infrastructure.

BGE hosts National Association of Women in Construction camp in White Marsh

BGE Girls White MarshBaltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) on Wednesday hosted 15 school-aged girls at its White Marsh Training Center. The girls are part of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) camp which provides a supportive and nurturing environment for high school girls to explore the construction industry.

The campers met successful female BGE field workers and had the opportunity for hands-on learning. Campers fused pipes to make hula hoops, learned utility pole climbing, and viewed electric and gas safety demonstrations during the day-long camp in White Marsh.

The young women had an exciting opportunity to learn and practice new skills in a gender-neutral environment. The camp aims at developing greater self-confidence and more self-esteem by tackling and completing challenging projects. Campers learned the importance of working safely around electricity and natural gas while wearing construction industry attire – long pants, t-shirts, boots and hardhats.

“BGE is committed to diversity and inclusion and this camp introduces young ladies to women role models who have achieved success in our company,” said Denise Galambos, vice president of human resources for BGE. “We want these girls to leave this camp understanding that many women are contributing to the growth and success of the construction industry and there are future career opportunities available to them at BGE and throughout the construction industry.”

BGE is dedicated to enhancing the success of women in the construction industry and expanding the pool of potential BGE employees.