City and state officials gathered in Baltimore Wednesday morning to celebrate the construction start of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's new whiskey distillery in South Baltimore.
The Sagamore Spirit distillery complex includes the first new buildings to rise on the hundreds of acres Plank has amassed on the South Baltimore waterfront. Several properties, including a former Sam's Club, are being renovated for reuse.
Plank's plans include a new campus for Under Armour, as well as mixed-use development.
The distillery, planned to be open for tours and tastings starting in 2016, is expected to lure 100,000 visitors annually to the Port Covington peninsula, where public officials have long hoped to see economic development.