Development of former Seagram’s Distillery site moving forward
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:40

Local developer John Vontran purchased the former Seagram’s Distillery site on Sollers Point Road in 2008. photo by Roland Dorsey

 by Nicole Rodman

    The redevelopment of the former Seagram’s Distillery site on Sollers Point Road is moving ahead.
    Local developer John Vontran, owner of the site, has submitted an application to the Baltimore County Council requesting a planned unit development (PUD) for the property.
    A public meeting on the proposed PUD will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the North Point Public Library on Merritt Boulevard. Sign-in begins at 6:30 p.m.
    Copies of the PUD application and information on Vontran’s proposed development plan will be available during the meeting.
    Community members will also have the chance to give input and ask questions about the project.
    The PUD process is optional for developers. Developers who do not submit PUD applications may also go through the county’s standard permitting process.
    During the PUD process, the county examines a proposed development plan, solicits public comment on the plan and determines whether or not to approve the PUD based on whether or not the project is in the best interest of the community.
    According to Vontran, he is pursuing a PUD in an effort to include community members in the development process.
    “It’s important to be transparent to the community,” he told The Eagle.
    Vontran’s plan for the former Seagram’s Distillery involves demolishing the current structures and building townhouses on the site.
    “We’re looking to bring a little bit of Canton and Federal Hill to Dundalk,” he said of the development plan.
    While some may have environmental concerns regarding the site, Vontran noted that his Voluntary Cleanup Plan (VCP) has been approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
    As per the VCP, the site will be cleaned up to a residential standard — which is more strict than an industrial or commercial standard.
    The remediation plan calls for a two-foot cap of fresh soil to be put into place. The townhouses themselves will be built on a slab with no basements.
    While Vontran noted that there is no firm timeline in place, he did explain that he is prepared to “get aggressive and do this as soon as possible.”
    In the meantime, members of the community will get the chance to share their input and ask questions about the  proposed development project at the North Point Public Library on July 17.
    Individuals and organizations may also submit written comments on the development project to Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr.
    Councilman Olszewski can be reached at 410-887-7174 or 410-887-3383 or via email at council7@