Baltimore County leaders hailed the official opening Wednesday of a 356-unit luxury apartment building on Route 43 in White Marsh as a magnet for businesses.

About 83 units are ready for occupancy in the multi-story building, with a six-level garage, known as Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads, and 72 have been leased as of Wednesday, officials said.

"This is a tremendous development that will attract other businesses and make White Marsh and Middle River destinations," said Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, a Democrat who represents the area. "It will great to see lights on after 5 p.m. along this road, too."

The project, set for completion in April, is a "great economic development tool for Baltimore County and a bold project in these economic times," said Council President John Olszewski.

"Projects like these keep us moving forward and get us out of the doldrums," he said.

Officials hope new homes will help spur redevelopment of the Middle River Depot on Eastern Avenue and draw commercial and retail tenants to other new space at Baltimore Crossroads @ 95, a 1,000-acre, mixed-use development at the eastern end of the highway.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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