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Blue Ocean Announces Partnership with ‘Spire IA’ & Its Expansion into Maryland at Aviation Station

Friday, Feb 14, 2020

Blue Ocean affiliate Axxella, LLC. recently acquired the Spire Institute & Academy in Geneva, OH and plans to expand Spire’s programming and its industry leading expertise in sports training and development to Baltimore, MD. The Ohio company will open its first Maryland location at Blue Ocean’s Aviation Station and will operate as “Spire East.”

Spire Institute & Academy is a mega-sports complex specializing in long-term training and education programming for student athletes in multiple sports. The superb indoor training and competition facilities will make Spire East unique within the track and field arena, featuring 3 large turf fields, a warm-up area, and eight volleyball/tennis courts. Spire East also will also provide multiple Pickle Ball courts, concessions, a Pro Shop, sizable locker rooms, meeting space, as well as a climbing wall area.

Bringing the Spire brand to Aviation Station at Middle River will offer unparalleled opportunities for the community. President and CEO of Blue Ocean, Jonathan Ehrenfeld states, “This is yet another great leap in our plans to provide Eastern Baltimore even more opportunity. This historic location in Baltimore is the perfect home for such an amazing sports and educational program, and we look forward to welcoming students from all over the country as they hone their skills in our fantastic community.”

Blue Ocean previously announced its acquisition of the Middle River Depot, located in Eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. The facility, now named Aviation Station, plans to house industrial users, manufacturers, and fabricators on site, along with retail, office, sports, and recreation-oriented tenants. With the Spire Institute & Academy helming the sports and recreation offerings at Spire East at Aviation Station, all aspects of athletics, academics, events, recreation, and superb facilities will offer this region an amazing resource for exceptional sports programming. Additionally, the Spire Institute & Academy is proud to have recently named Olympic champion Ryan Lochte as the facility’s International Swim Ambassador.

In previous news, it was announced that Coppermine Sports would be the provider of sports-related programming at Aviation Station at Middle River Depot. With the recent acquisition of Spire however, Blue Ocean saw an opportunity to make a more significant impact to the project by bringing Spire and elevating the sports programming experience.

For any leasing inquiries in regards to Aviation Station, please contact John Meyer at KLNB (443-632-2052) for Retail space and Steve Cornblatt at TD&A (410-435-4004) for Industrial space.

About Blue Ocean
Founded in 2004, Blue Ocean is a real estate investment, development and management company headquartered in Maryland. Blue Ocean is active in a variety of sectors within the real estate industry including multifamily, industrial, hospitality, retail, office, self-storage sectors. Today, the Blue Ocean portfolio consists of 3,000 multifamily units and over 3 million square feet of commercial and mixed-use.

About Axxella
Founded in 2018, Axxella was born with the purpose to expand upon the already established group of service businesses Blue Ocean had assembled since its inception in 2004. These businesses have expanded from nurturing the specific needs of Blue Ocean to providing goods and services to many third-party partners. In addition, Axxella has partnered and/or acquired businesses that have complimented the strengths of the legacy companies.

About Spire Institute & Academy
Constructed on 177 acres of expansive land, at 750,000 square feet, Spire Institute & Academy is among the largest and best-equipped indoor sports facilities in North America. The Academy at Spire serves as a national & international academy for high school and postgraduate athletes. The academy is focused on performance training for all athletes & sports-specific training in swimming, track and field, & basketball. Spire’s experienced coaching staff offers academy and camp training programs and hosts exceptional league play in a variety of sports. Spire has hosted countless sport competitions including those organized by the NCAA and the Big East, Big Ten, and Atlantic 10 conferences. Spire also hosts various Olympic trials and world championship qualifiers.



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