Business Expansions and Attractions
Sampling of County Business and Real Estate Activity, January 2013 to April 2014
The following list highlights a selection of business and real estate activity in Baltimore County from January 2013 to April 2014. Obtain a list of new corporations here.
Towson Square (formerly known as Towson Circle III) – This is a new mixed-use project in Towson developed by the Heritage Properties and Cordish Company joint venture. The four-acre development now under construction will include a 75,000 square foot, 3,400-seat, 15-screen multiplex cinema atop a three-story, 850-space garage and seven restaurants. The open, pedestrian-friendly plaza will include a traffic circle with a European-style fountain, bistro-style outdoor dining areas and landscaping. The County is investing $6.2 million toward the parking garage and $2 million for infrastructure improvements, which will leverage $85 million in private investment. Slated to open in late 2014, the project will bring an estimated 1,530 jobs to the area, 660 on the construction side and another 870 others when the project is operational.
Towson Residential – Since 2008, over 1,200 new luxury apartment units in three major projects have been completed. Wood Partners has teamed with Chesapeake Realty Partners to develop The Winthrop, which will consist of 295 units. Lease-up will commence May 2014. A second phase, developed by Wood Partners and Taylor Property Group, will comprise 175 units. The apartments will be owned and operated separately, but their design is complementary. These buildings will replace a 70-year-old, 150-unit apartment complex and will triple the site’s density. In April 2013 it was announced that a proposed $60 million, 61-bed, 200-unit student housing project with first floor retail would be built at 101 York Road.
Towson Commons – The office and retail building in the center of Towson was recently purchased by Garrison Investment Group and plans are underway for renovations to the vacant ground floor retail spaces. Leasing is expected to pick up as a result of the change in ownership and commitments by the following two major tenants:
- General Dynamics Information Technology (formerly ViPS) – The largest tenant in Towson Commons has expanded its leased space from 120,000 square feet to 146,000 square feet to accommodate a consolidation from two other locations in the County.
- LA Fitness – This national chain of fitness clubs is completing renovations on the former movie theater space in Towson Commons to create a new 52,700 square feet state-of-the-art facility including an indoor pool. The facility is now open and renovations are complete
Towson Row – In June 2013 plans were unveiled for a transformative, $300 million mixed-use development at the southern gateway to downtown Towson, one block from Towson University. The development program calls for 200,000 square feet of Class A office space, 350 luxury residential units, 200 hotel rooms, 300 quality student housing units and more than 100,000 square feet of retail, shops, restaurants and an upscale grocery store. The demolition and site preparation are set to begin spring 2014.
Sale of County Properties – In December 2013, the County Council approved the sale of three functionally obsolete County properties housing two police stations and a fire station, located on heavily traveled commercial corridors in Randallstown, Towson and Dundalk. The Towson and Dundalk properties are awaiting the approval of Planned Unit Development (PUD). The profit from the sale of these properties will help defray the cost of new replacement buildings and generate new property tax revenue, in addition to providing jobs and economic stimulus. In Dundalk, Vanguard Commercial Development will redevelop a portion of the property into a restaurant-retail-recreational town center to be known as "Merritt Pavilion." Merritt Pavilion is envisioned as a family-friendly destination and would have 12 separate buildings spread over 12 acres. It is anticipated to include restaurants, fast casual dining establishments, an ice cream or frozen yogurt shop, an urgent care medical facility a convenience store and gas station facility, a drive-in fast food restaurant and another not-yet-defined retail. Along with the $2.1 million purchase price, the annual property tax at full build-out is anticipated to be approximately $76,172. The proposal also allows recreation programs at the site to continue uninterrupted and adds other recreational amenities. In Towson, CVP-TF, LLC will add a convenience store and gas station, as well as approximately 10,000 square feet of retail strip and a 4,200 square foot restaurant pad site. Retail uses include a drive-in fast food restaurant, a fast casual restaurant and a bank. The property was purchased from the County for $8.3 million and will add annual property tax revenue of approximately $26,125. In Randallstown, 101 Development Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genesis Health Care LLC, purchased the County property that joins its neighboring senior nursing center for $275,000. The Development Group will raze the existing building and construct much-needed additional parking.
Metro Centre at Owings Mills – Metro Centre at Owings Mills is a mixed-use, transit-oriented special taxing district that is being developed by Owings Mills Transit, LLC through the use of tax increment financing. The project, upon completion of the south parcel which was designated in 2010, would support more than 1.2 million square feet of commercial office space; 300,000 square feet of complementary retail space; 1700 residential units; educational facilities totaling 120,000 square feet and a hospitality component offering up to 250 rooms. The project adjoins the Owings Mills Metro stop and a 2,865-space commuter parking garage. Total investment in the project is expected to be $550 million at completion. Two five-story upscale residential buildings, with 232 apartments and ground-floor retail and restaurant space, are located along the main street next to the Owings Mills Metro station and the new 120,000-square-foot County Campus at Metro Centre library and community college building. The first building is leasing and the second building will be delivered soon. A second large parking garage with 2,412 spaces is now under construction. In December 2013, the County approved the addition of a 13-acre north parcel to the district, bringing the total size of the district to more than 45 acres. The new parcel will support more than 666,000 square feet of commercial office space, 19,000 square feet of retail space, and two additional parking garages totaling 4,577 parking spaces.
Foundry Row – This planned mixed-use development in Owings Mills will be anchored by a Wegmans grocery store and is expected to represent a $140 million investment. The demolition and site prep are complete.
Atlantic Design, Inc. – A manufacturing equipment company that blasts, removes and recycles grit created during construction. The family owned company more than doubled the size of its former location in March 2013 by opening a 42,000-square-foot building at Baltimore Crossroads@95.
Dunbar Digital Armor – Once an armored car business, the Hunt Valley based business has branched into a cybersecurity firm. In 2013 they launched a subsidiary company called Dunbar digital Armored to protect online transactions for thousands of banks and retail customers.
Miller’s Minuteman Press – A graphic design, print and mailing company is centralizing it production facility and expanding it services. In April 2014 it was announced the printing press will move from Cockeysville to its new $5.2 million, 36,450 square foot one-story facility in Owings Mills. This move will allow the company to expand its workforce by about 30 percent.
Corix Utilities - A subcontractor to BGE that provides Smart Meter and measurement field services to replace outdated meters in the County. Since July 2011 they have hired 124 employees in the County and are looking to hire 66 more employees over the next year.
Reliable Churchill – The largest wine and spirits distributorship in Maryland is locating its headquarters, office and warehouse operations to Baltimore Crossroads. A new 449,200 square foot building will be built to complete the consolidation. Reliable plans to transfer over 500 associates to the new location. The facility is scheduled to open in August 2014.
Synagro – An operator of industrial and municipality wastewater facilities and provider of recycled wastewater by-products equipment, has moved its corporate headquarters from Houston, TX to Baltimore Crossroads. Synagro services more than 600 customers (nationwide). The move to Crossroads adds 50 new employees to the County, bringing the company’s total employment to over 100.
Du-Claw Brewing Company – has leased space on Yellow Brick Road in Rosedale for a brewing operation that will supply beer for their popular brew pub chain, produce beer for retail sales through distributors, and provide bottling services for other brewers.
Prometric (formerly Thomson Prometric) – A professionally licensed provider of IT certification exams, signed a lease in Woodlawn, relocating from Anne Arundel County and St. Paul Minnesota
Kaiser Permanente – In April 2013, Kaiser Permanente opened a multi-specialty facility, in Halethorpe. The four-story, 130,000 square feet facility brings together primary care and a number of specialty services in one location. The project also includes a four level parking garage. It is the first integrated care facility of its kind in the Baltimore area for the health plan and care provider, which is looking to grow its membership throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Three hundred jobs were created as a result of this new facility.
BECO Management – A Rockville-based real estate management company, purchased two office buildings located at 10451 and 10461 Mill Run Circle adjacent to Owings Mills Mall. The company is investing $15 million in improvements to the two properties. There is a resurgence of leasing activity as a result of renovations.
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
Douron Commercial Interiors – Occupied its new headquarters, showroom and warehouse at 10 Painters Mill Road. The renovation of the 100,000-square-foot former flavorings manufacturing plant has allowed the company to consolidate several warehouses and provide space for a new showroom. The company currently employs 118 people.
Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors – A membership services organization for residential realtors, signed a lease for 7,798 square feet of office space at Timonium Two on Greenspring Drive, its new headquarters location.
NovaTech – An Owings Mills-based company that assembles monitoring systems, relocated into a 26,000 square feet facility in Hunt Valley.
Ruby Tuesday – The national chain casual dining restaurant is building a new 175 seat, 5,000 square foot restaurant on Liberty Road in Randallstown. It is expected to open in spring 2014 and employ 60 to 80 people.
Heavy Seas Brewing - Recently made a major investment to expand its Halethorpe based brewery. The investment includes new tanks, a new bottling line and a new tasting and hospitality room. The new tasting and hospitality room which opened in November 2013 features an outdoor seating area and is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Future investments include a new $2.5 million brewhouse. With all of these additions, Heavy Seas expects to increase capacity by 130 percent.
Collins Seafood and Grill – A new family-run restaurant opened on Offut Road in Randallstown investing $850,000 and employing 40 people
Industrial Roll – The manufacturer of rolls purchased a 14,000 square foot building and will move their operations and 28 jobs from Baltimore City to Dundalk.
New tenants at bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park:
- Potomac Photonics – An advanced micro-manufacturer specializing in small hole drilling, laser micromachining, 3D printing, micromarking, and other technologies is relocated from Prince Georges County to bwtech@umbc research and technology park bringing 25 jobs.
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Revised June 3, 2014