Business Expansions and Attractions
Sampling of County Business and Real Estate Activity
The following list highlights a selection of business and real estate activity in Baltimore County from June 2015 to June 2016.
This mixed-use project in Towson is a pedestrian-friendly plaza including a traffic circle with a European-style fountain, bistro-style outdoor dining areas and landscaping. The County invested $6.2 million toward the parking garage and $2 million for infrastructure improvements, and the project has brought an estimated 1,530 jobs to the area, 660 construction jobs and another 870 jobs related to the completed project.
Since 2008, over 1,200 new luxury apartment units in three major projects have been completed. A $60 million, 611-bed, 248-unit student housing project with first floor retail is planned at 101 York Rd. Federal Realty Investment Trust has broken ground on The Flats at 703, a new 105-unit apartment project located at 703 Washington Avenue. Evergreene Homes is constructing Towson Mews, 34 luxury townhomes to be built on two acres bounded by East Pennsylvania, Jefferson and Virginia Avenues.
Demolition is complete on this transformative, $350 million mixed-use development at the southern gateway to downtown Towson, one block from Towson University.
The Shops at Kenilworth
Greenberg Gibbons has begun work on a $20 million renovation to The Shops at Kenilworth, a landmark shopping destination in Towson, originally built in 1979.
Towson Commons Retails
Affiliates of MFI and Woodmont Properties II have taken control of, and are redeveloping 115,000 square feet of retail space along York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Nacho Mamas will be opening a 6,700 square foot restaurant in the former S&G Crab Ranch space on Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson by the end of summer 2016.
Metro Centre at Owings Mills
Metro Centre at Owings Mills is a $550 million investment in a mixed-use, transit-oriented special taxing district. At completion, the project will support more than 1.2 million square feet of commercial office space; 300,000 square feet of complementary retail space; 1,700 residential units.
Carefirst has renewed their leases in six buildings in Owings Mills and are keeping 2,200 employees in 655,000 square feet there. The company had done an RPF for space in the region and were considering other options.
This $140 million mixed-use development in Owings Mills, anchored by a Wegmans’s grocery store, will include 356,000 square feet of retail space and 48,000 square feet of office space. Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Avalon Hunt Valley, a $70 million upscale apartment complex on the eastern end of Hunt Valley Towne Centre, will begin delivering its first units in August.
McCormick and Company
The international spice manufacturer, currently located in Sparks, will consolidate 900 office employees from several area locations into a 340,000 square-foot headquarters project at 99 Shawan Road, to be completed in 2018.
Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson
Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson (JMT), a nationally-ranked architectural and engineering firm, will move its headquarters from Sparks to a new five-story 130,000 square-foot building on Wight Avenue in Hunt Valley that will employ 600 people.
Sylvan Learning System
Sylvan Learning System has moved its corporate headquarters and 125 employees from Downtown Baltimore to 25,000 square feet at 4 North Park Drive in Hunt Valley.
Firaxis has expanded into 9,000 square feet of additional space at 12 Loveton Circle in Sparks and employs 170 at that location.
Stegman and Co.
A 40-employee firm based in Towson, Stegman and Company, founded in 1915 and recognized as the oldest privately-held accounting and auditing firm operating in the State of Maryland, leased 11,000 square feet of space at Cromwell Center in Towson. The company relocated its 45-employee workforce and celebrated their 100th anniversary in the new space.
The premier global real estate arm of London-headquartered Savills, opened its newest office at 102 West Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson, expanding its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region. The office’s four real estate brokers join Savills’ 30,000 professionals in over 60 countries around the world.
Mobtown Fermentation announced a move into new space in Timonium. The startup, founded in 2014, is moving into a 4,000 square-foot space at 9 West Aylesbury Road, formerly occupied by Michele's Granola. Renovations should be complete in 2016, and the company will employ four at that location.
York Pennsylvania-based Gettle moved its Maryland offices to 144 Lakefront Drive in Hunt Valley and quadrupled its space to 10,000 square feet, and will employ 53 people.
Whitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani LLC
Engineers and architects, this firm signed a lease for 37,244 square feet at 300 E. Joppa Road in Towson.
U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters
The 450,000-member national lacrosse organization recently occupied its new headquarters in Sparks. The $15 million project includes a 45,000 square-foot headquarters building, an outdoor training facility for the U.S. National men’s and women’s teams, the national lacrosse museum and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and classrooms and offices for 89 staff.
Apex IT Services
This IT solutions provider to federal, state and commercial clients relocated from Columbia, Maryland to leased office space on Lord Baltimore Drive in Woodlawn. Plans include adding 53 jobs.
Formerly Sparrows Point LLC, Tradepoint Atlantic recently acquired the 3,100-acre former steel production facility at Sparrows Point. FedEx secured a long term lease and is building a 300,000 square-foot distribution center to employ 300 employees.
H and E Equipment
H and E Equipment is leasing a new 38,000 square-foot facility on Grays Road in Dundalk, and will bring 30 jobs. H and E is a rental company for new and used construction equipment.
Loomis Armored U.S
Signed a 50,000 square-foot lease at 4979 Mercantile Road in the White Marsh Business Community. Loomis plans to double its work force from 100 to 200 people after it moves from its location near Golden Ring Park in Rosedale.
Lockheed Martin renewed its contract with the U.S. Navy for $235 million to manufacture missile-firing systems used on warships at Lockheed’s facility in Middle River. The deal extends through 2022 and could be worth as much as $356 million if the Navy adds optional orders. The flexible missile system can launch a variety of missiles.
Vac Pac acquired a 46,000 square-foot building at 917 Middle River Road, where the company is expecting to relocate 25 employees by the fourth quarter 2016. Vac Pac specializes in cooking bags for ovens and microwaves and its new Middle River building will include a new test facility, allowing the company to better showcase research and development and expand internationally. Vac Pac does between $5 and $10 million in annual revenue.
Bottling Group, LLC
Bottling Group, LLC signed a lease for 25,400 square feet in a new 60,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution facility under construction in the White Marsh Business Park on Days Cove Road. The building is scheduled for completion in late summer of 2016. Products such as Pepsi, 7-Up and Gatorade will be moving in and out of the new facility. The building has room to double the warehouse space.
Chesapeake Real Estate Group
Chesapeake Real Estate Group has two buildings ready for delivery along Route 43 in the Crossroads @95 business park. A 435,000 square-foot Class A building on Tangier Drive that features ample car and trailer parking and a 100,685 square-foot warehouse and distribution building at 11501 Pocomoke Court, was completed in the first quarter of 2015.
RPM leased the 435,000 square foot Chesapeake Real Estate facility on Tangier Drive in Crossroads @ 95, needing expansion from its previous 238,000 square feet at the same location.
Aging Barns LLC
Part of Sagamore Development, purchased the parcel at 4611 North Point Boulevard to transform it into five aging barns to store up to 80,000 barrels of Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey. The first building is scheduled for availability on December 1, 2016.
Greenleigh at Crossroads
Greenleigh at Crossroads, developed by St. John Properties and Somerset Construction Company, broke ground in May 2016 on a $750 million mixed-use community of offices, shops, apartments, single-family homes and a hotel. The project will occupy 250 of the 1,000-acre Baltimore Crossroads and is expected to build out over 10 to 15 years. Greenleigh will include 1,000 detached homes and townhouses, three midrise office buildings totaling 300,000 square feet, another 128,000 square feet in single-story office buildings, 116,000 square feet of retail and a 120-room Springhill Suites by Marriott hotel.
Carpet Consultants, a provider of residential and commercial flooring products, has signed a lease for approximately 18,000 square feet of space at 11501 Pocomoke Circle in Crossroads @95 business park. The company, which markets a full range of products including carpeting, hardwood, laminate, tile and stone, intends to relocate its entire operation to the new building.
CapRock Grain, an import supplier of organic animal grain, signed a fully-executed five-year lease at 8907 Bethlehem Boulevard. Future plans include a BTS location on SPT property for a soybean milling and crushing manufacturing operation, resulting in an oil product for export. Current job potential is 10 25, and 200 in five years.
Pro Transport Inc.
Pro Transport, Inc has signed a 51,100 square-foot lease to expand at 11630 Crossroads Circle in Crossroads @95 business park. The company will lease the entire building, which features 16-foot ceiling heights and drive-in loading capabilities.
Medstar Franklin Square Hospital
Medstar opened a new $7.8 million neo-natal intensive care unit. The 16,000 square-foot newly constructed facility has 23 beds.
In October 2015, Empore Resources (ER) purchased the former Worthington Steel building at 8911 Kelso Drive in Essex for $6.6 million. ER had been operating out of a 122,000 square-foot building on Quad Avenue in Baltimore County, as well as leased space.
American Tire Distributors
In October 2015, American Tire Distributors (ATD) expanded into a new 138,240 square-foot building warehouse and distribution building in the Baltimore Crossroads @95 business community in White Marsh-Middle River. ATD relocated from Hollins Ferry Road. The new Class “A” industrial building features 26 rear loading docks, two drive-in doors, a 125-foot truck court and approximately 11,000 square feet of office space.
C Steinwig purchased the 230,835 square-foot industrial building at 4505 North Point Boulevard in Edgemere, 21219.
QRS of Maryland, LLC
A joint venture between QRS and Canusa-Hershman Recycling Company, has opened a one-of-a kind recycling facility in Dundalk to separate and recycle post-consumer household plastics. The $15 million plant, with more than $10 million in high-tech processing equipment, will create 60 full-time jobs at capacity.
Bob’s Overhead Door
In December 2015, Bob's Overhead Door, purchased a 27,000 square-foot building on 100 Eyring Avenue in Essex Maryland, for $1.15 million, securing a loan with the County for $250,000.
Steel and Wire Products
In December 2015, Steel and Wire Products purchased a 122,000 square-foot facility in Rosedale Maryland, at 6901 Quad Avenue for $4 million. Relocating 58 employees from Baltimore City.
Fraley and Schilling (Transportation and Distribution)
In November 2015, Fraley and Schilling, purchased a 136,000 square-foot building at 8911 Bethlehem Boulevard, Edgemere 21219, for $2.7 million.
Hollins Ferry Logistics Center
Hollins Ferry Logistics Center, completed construction on a 285,000 square-foot, class A warehouse and logistics center. Located at 4803 Hollins Ferry Road, Halethorpe, this new facility will attract major tenants to Baltimore County in early 2016.
Security Square Mall
Seoul Plaza section of the shopping mall will be undergoing a major redevelopment to attract national tenants to revitalize this shopping center.
Social Security Administration
Social Security Administration (SSA) headquarters in Woodlawn announced that they will receive a $150 million Congressional Appropriation for major renovations of their main administrative building. SSA employs approximately 11,000 at this site and this significant investment ensures that Baltimore County remains home to the Social Security Administration for decades to come.
Rolling Run Tech Park
Ground breaking took place on April 19, 2016 located at 2270 Rolling Run Road. They are constructing a 58,000 square feet, Class A office building next to the Center for Medicare Medicaid Services headquarters. This office building will have an open design, 16’ ceiling height, energy efficient systems and materials, and expected to be open by winter 2016.
Merritt Beltway Business Park
A major expansion and renovation is taking place at 1730 Twin Springs Drive, home of the Living Legacy Foundation. This expansion adds a second story to the facility, increasing the size up to 47,000 square feet. It is expected to be completed summer of 2016.
In Feb 2016, Northwest Hospital System opened a new facility at 8600 Liberty Road. The 13,500 square foot building houses an ExpressCare urgent care center and offices for primary care doctors and specialists. The building is part of a larger campus expansion at Northwest Hospital that is expected to cost between $20 million and $25 million. The Liberty Center project itself cost $5 million.
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Revised June 13, 2016