West 8 contracted to develop Baltimore's Middle Branch Waterfront Masterplan

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates have awarded an initial contract to West 8 to develop the Middle Branch Waterfront Master Plan. This is the first step toward creating a network of world-class parks, trails, and public recreation opportunities along the Patapsco River’s 11-mile shoreline in South Baltimore. West 8 and our team of sub-consultants were selected from an initial roster of qualified firms and the three finalists that participated in an invited design competition in 2019.

The contract covers the first of six planned phases in the Master Plan and focuses on undertaking site surveys and creating strategies that engage and communicate with area stakeholders.

“This contract is the first step in a plan that has seen great community input and support for transforming the Middle Branch into Baltimore’s next great waterfront,” said Baltimore's Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “The fact that we are moving forward with West 8’s vision signals that we are planning for a bright future in Baltimore even while we address the challenges of today.”

The Middle Branch Waterfront Master Plan is expected to take about 15 months to complete. It will ultimately produce detailed design guidelines for a pipeline of capital projects that will improve the environmental quality of South Baltimore and connect the waterfront with adjacent neighborhoods, the zones targeted for new mixed-use development, and the regional trail network.

  • Images from competition entry, 2019.Images from competition entry, 2019.