Menu Item

Case study

TradePoint Atlantic (TPA)

Project Overview

TradePoint Atlantic (TPA) – previously Sparrows Point Terminal – is a former 3,200 acre Bethlehem Steel plant site located in southeastern Baltimore County, Maryland.  TPA purchased the brownfield site in the fall of 2014 with plans to redevelop it into a major East Coast multi-modal distribution and manufacturing hub.

BLS & Co. was engaged to develop a comprehensive strategy to secure the public financing sources needed to mitigate the significant cost of repositioning a brownfields site of this scale and complexity.  Our services included:

  • Benchmark analysis of the location’s incentives competitiveness versus similar competitive locations in seven other states;
  • Management of a multi-firm team responsible for identifying and prioritizing available federal, state and local grant, incentives and financing programs to allow the developer to pursue environmental remediation and infrastructure improvements beyond what would otherwise be possible given market-based ROI targets;
  • Development and execution of an overall strategy to design new incentives tools to improve the competitiveness of the site for potential tenants; and
  • Development of a strategy for pursuit of public site development/remediation financing.

The competitive benchmarking analysis revealed an opportunity to improve the cost competitiveness of the site via the introduction of a targeted sales and use tax exemption for specified construction materials and warehousing equipment.  BLS & Co. served as “subject matter expert” to assist TPA in pursuit of the required legislation by documenting the competitive market-based rationale for the proposed exemption, providing data on similar programs in other locations, drafting proposed legislation and providing expert testimony during Senate and House hearings on the proposed legislation.  On May 19, 2016, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed the enabling legislation.


  • New incentive program to enhance efforts to attract new job-creating tenants to the site.
  • Identification of federal, state and local programs that can materially improve the financial metrics of the project and provide a higher quality development for the community.
  • Ongoing cost-mitigation through employment of diverse federal, state and local programs.

Energy Services