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Sculpture in memory of Kevin Kamenetz to debut at Greenleigh

September 23, 2019  •  source

The 1,000-acre Greenleigh at Crossroads development near White Marsh will get a new landmark this week.

A 20-foot brushed metal sculpture with two intertwined wings is set to be dedicated on Wednesday in memory of the late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who pushed to turn the barren woodlands off Interstate 95 into a mixed-use community with 2,000 residential units, office space and retail.

Kamenetz died in office at age 60 in May 2018 while campaigning for the Democratic nomination for governor.

St. John Properties and Somerset Construction Co., two of the main partners in the Greenleigh project, commissioned Eastern Shore artist Will Hemsley to design the piece in Kamenetz's memory for the development. The sculpture is titled "Turning Winds" and is located next to the Berkleigh apartments at Greenleigh off Route 43.

Edward St. John, chairman of St. John Properties, has credited Kamenetz several times over the past few years because the county executive urged developers to make the size and scope of Greenleigh comparable to the successful Maple Lawn development in Howard County.

“During a meeting with Kevin in 2012 about the future direction of Baltimore Crossroads, he challenged us to return to the drawing board and configure a new section that reflected the most creative and forward-looking thinking for mixed-use communities," St. John said, in a statement Monday. "None of this would have been possible without Kevin’s urging, vision, support, and leadership.”

Greenleigh already has 6,000 workers at the development, many of them at Stanley Black & Decker. The toolmaking giant leased 77,000 square feet at Greenleigh in 2018 as part of a corporate expansion.

The development will ultimately have single-family homes, town houses and apartment units as well as close to 4 million square feet of commercial and retail space when its built out in the coming decade. A 120-room Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel opened there last year.

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