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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Thread for upcoming and completed development in Harford County.

Current Projects:
  • Bel Air: The Mill, Klein's Tower, New Susquehanna Center, Towson-Harford
  • Aberdeen/APG: Route 715/Main Gate, GATE
  • Havre de Grace: Heron Harbor
  • Edgewood
  • Joppa
  • Fallston
  • Abingdon Reserve at Riverside, Route 24 (Abingdon), Boulevard at Box Hill
  • Other/Rural Route 24 (Rocks)
Projects freatured in the thread will be added to the list

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Heron Harbor condominium site, Havre de Grace waterfront

From Official Site:

About Heron Harbor

Heron Harbor brings the ultimate in waterfront condominium living to the heart of historic Havre de Grace, Maryland at Concord Point. To do justice to its beautiful setting, Heron Harbor has been designed to feature every amenity one would expect to enjoy luxury waterfront living to its fullest.

Overlooking the newly restored marina, each unit has a balcony and spectacular direct water views of the Susquehanna River meeting the Chesapeake Bay. Living at Heron Harbor, you will enjoy the small town charm of historic Havre de Grace with its many shops, restaurants, and open spaces that are only steps away. A project that has been endorsed by the Governor's Office of Smart Growth, Heron Harbor will allow you to experience the convenience of in-town living with a waterfront address—truly the best in luxury waterfront living, priced from the low $500's.


June 2009:


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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
The Mill, Downtown Bel Air

From the Examiner-

After 120 years, good-bye to a Bel Air, Maryland landmark: The Reckord Mill
June 25, 5:51 PM · Chris Barsam - Baltimore Budget Travel Examiner

Bel Air mill demolition

The Bel Air skyline is losing a familiar presence starting this week, as demolition has started on the structures housing what was once known as the Reckord Mill at The Mill of Bel Air.

Originally constructed in 1886 as a flour mill, it was converted to milling livestock feed around 1900. It was operated by the family of Milton Reckord, after whom the Bel Air Armory is named, and then sold to H. Smith Walter in 1957. At that time it was known as Walter's Feed Mill and the associated retail store became Bel Air Farm Supply. Smith Walter's grandson, Henry Holloway, took over the business in 1986, and continued milling feed on site until one year ago. Amazing, considering the difficulties involved.

Within two years of his purchase, the Ma & Pa Railroad ceased operations and left Smith Walter without rail service delivery. The more expensive truck delivery was arranged. As an aside, the mill is one of the last visible vestiges of the Ma & Pa, the long-gone Bel Air station having been directly across the street.

Next, technology.

The mill was a manually-run, labor-intensive, high-maintenance operation. "We could produce 250 tons of feed per week with 5 full-time men. The newer computerized plants can produce 1000 tons with 1 operator...Most of these (older) mills went out in the 70's", Holloway said.

The longevity of Walter's Mill is largely due to Holloway carving out a niche. Because of the small capacity manual operation, the mill was very accommodating of rapid feed formulation changes. A customer could order a special batch of feed and sometimes have it the same day, a feat the larger processors could not accomplish. Holloway went on to say that the mill machinery had to be monitored by the operators' senses and intuition. There may be an odd vibration, or an unusual smell that was signaling a worn bearing or a failing belt. Ultimately, Holloway said, "It outlived its usefulness."

The demolition itself is being carried out slowly and carefully by a Pennsylvania Dutch crew, with an eye to reusing some of the wood for furniture or flooring. The white pine timbers used in the construction are apparently not available for purchase anymore.

Plans for the site include greenhouses, a retail plant facility, increased parking and improved access to The Mill of Bel Air retail store. These are sound business decisions, finding more and better ways of serving customers.

Still, the tall, elegant old mill buildings with their rich history and their hotel-penthouse-looking top will be remembered.

And missed.


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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Yet another school replacement proposed
Decision on William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary on Aug. 3

Posted 7/17/09
A couple months after resolving a heated conflict with the Harford County Council over the site of a new elementary school, the Harford County Board of Education will decide in August whether to rebuild one of its existing elementary schools.

At the Aug. 3 board meeting, the school board is scheduled to decide whether to modernize or replace William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School in Abingdon, which is operating at 106 percent capacity with almost 70 more students than its state rated capacity of 940.

The superintendent’s recommendation, as presented at the July 6 school board meeting, is to replace the current facility with a new school on the site and the demolish the two existing buildings at a cost approaching $40 million.

Regardless of what decisions are made on the scope of the William Paca project, it will probably have to get in line behind several other new school projects of similar scope and cost.

The planning for replacing William Paca is coming not long after the county council forced the school system into building the next elementary school at the Red Pump location north of Bel Air, over the school system’s preferred location of Campus Hills.

If the William Paca decision evolves into another heated debate, the county council, which approves the funding for the school system, may again have the final say.

In addition, the school system’s facilities planning and master plan for 2009 and the county’s timeline for future projects, including William Paca, are not in sync.

Regardless of whether William Paca is modernized or replaced, the school system has the design phase slated for 2014 and will decide over the next two months the priority of this project and when to request the money from the county; however, county funding for the project most likely will not be available until 2015.

“With regard to William Paca, the county will be hard pressed to move funding up any earlier than 2015 due to a variety of factors affecting the budget,” Bob Thomas, spokesperson for the Harford County government, said. “It’s not impossible, but it is a challenge.”

The final decision of the priority of the William Paca project will be made in September when the school board adopts the fiscal year 2011 capital improvement program.

“As reflected in our six year Capital Improvement Plan, William Paca/Old Post is not the next elementary school to be upgraded,” Cornell Brown, assistant superintendent of operations for the school system, wrote in an e-mail, adding that William Paca follows Youth’s Benefit Elementary in Fallston and Homestead/Wakefield Elementary in Bel Air in order of priority. Like William Paca/Old Post Road, those are two building schools, the only three in the system.

Superintendent Robert Tomback’s recommendation is that the best opportunity in providing a state-of-the-art educational facility in the shortest amount of time with the least financial impact would be to replace the adjoining school buildings, which encompass 109,011 square feet, with a single 146,403-square-foot building.

Replacing William Paca would cost the school system $37.9 million, $4 million less than the cheapest modernization proposed by SHW Group LLC, the firm hired to perform the scope study.

It is also estimated replacing the school would have a four-month shorter construction than either of three modernization proposals for the William Paca building.

SHW Group presented the options during the July 6 school board meeting.

Options A, A1, and B are modernizations that reuse various wings of the William Paca Building. In any of these plans, the older Old Post Road building will eventually be demolished.

To accommodate construction during the modernization, classrooms would have to be frequently relocated and some programs would be held in inadequate spaces, according to the study.

Option C — the replacement option — proposes that a single new building be constructed on the site while the existing buildings are in use, much like what is happening at Bel Air High School. This construction would take place without disrupting classes and teaching, although there will not be any athletic fields for use. Once the new building is finished, the existing buildings would be demolished.

The new facility is proposed between the two existing buildings. Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications, said some trees in the woods lining the property may need to be removed.

All four options would increase the state-rated capacity of the school to 1,063, 123 more students than its current capacity.

The proposed state-rated capacity would accommodate the projected enrollment of 1,041 in 2015, according to the adjusted enrollment and capacity in elementary schools that was revised in January.

“It’s very clear from looking at all four options, the least expensive way is option C,” board member Robin Rich said at the July 6 board meeting.

All four options also include potential HVAC improvements to the current buildings; however, whether the school system will move forward with those improvements has yet to be determined.

In other actions at its July 6 meeting, the board of education ratified the negotiated agreement with the Harford County Educational Services Council, swore in the new student representative on the board, Kate Kidwell, a junior at Fallston High School and approved contracts with Carnegie Learning Inc. for $184,000 for the renewal of the Cognitive Tutor software intervention program and with Crown Electric, Action Electric and P.D. Valle Electric for on-call 24/7 electric service to various schools.

The board also received a presentation on the revised Energy and Resource Conservation policy.

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
I am a little disappointed in the lack of BRAC related development in Harford County. Maybe things will improve over the coming few years.
The only solid construction I've heard yet is a couple of turn lanes along Route 22 in Aberdeen. Awful.

Other problem is that with the lack of a good online news source, we don't hear about what exactly is being here developed and when. The Sun rarely ever gets anything new on Harford.

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Apartments planned in Riverside
By Bryna Zumer

Posted 8/14/09
A 400-unit complex of garden apartments on 62.55 acres in the Riverside area was among several projects reviewed Wednesday at a session of the Harford County Development Advisory Committee.

Called the Reserve at Riverside, it would be between Old Philadelphia, Belcamp and Creswell roads; Harborside Management is the developer.

A community input meeting was held July 6, when development representatives said their market study showed 25 percent of potential renters would be part of the workforce for the BRAC expansions at Aberdeen Proving Ground, 25 percent would be empty-nesters and 50 percent would be single people and newlyweds.

Representatives said the portion of Old Philadelphia Road in the area would remain a cul-de-sac and there would also be a recreational trail in the development.

The first phase would include building 212 units, a community center and pool, a roundabout and other off-site road improvements.

Construction is expected to start in June 2010 and the first phase is expected to take two years.

The townhouses would have three bedrooms on two floors, and garages. They would be integrated into the apartment buildings, not a traditional, rowhome-type townhouses.

DAC also reviewed proposals to develop:

o Eight residential lots, a development called Cedarday II, on 6.63 acres south of Greencedar Drive in Abingdon. The developer is Toll Brothers Inc.

o Fourteen residential lots on 266.78 acres along either side of Cooley Mill Road, north of Webster-Lapidum Road, in Havre de Grace. The developer is a group called Susquehanna Meadows LLC. The land is owned by Dorothy Ficklin, Mary Ellen Volkert and the estate of Elwood V. Stark.


I'll believe this when I see it. Route 7 is already choked up with traffic from the other new developments between Abingdon and Aberdeen. This development would be across the road from the huge business park, in an area now wooded.

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
From The Dagger -

Rocky Road: The Explosive $9 Million Plan To Improve Route 24

Posted By Brian On October 1, 2009 @ 4:20 pm In Featured, Local Ink | 1 Comment

A $9.25 million State Highway Administration project to widen and shift Route 24 away from the eroding Deer Creek stream bank through Rocks State Park will involve dynamite blasting the famous geologic structures which give the popular park its name.

Beginning next year, crews will shift Rocks Road, Maryland Route 24, 10 feet away from Deer Creek by blasting through the unique rock formations which parallel the winding road. But SHA engineers say the detonations and subsequent vibrations should have no impact on Harford County’s most recognizable natural feature – the 190-foot tall King and Queen Seat.

Engineering for the project, which is divided into seven sections that will eventually stretch from St. Clair Bridge Road to Sharon Road, is already underway and construction is scheduled from 2010 through 2012.

A rough scope of the project can be found on the SHA website [1].

Jialin Tian, a transportation engineer in the SHA’s Community Design Division, said erosion of the stream bank presents a safety issue for passing motorists.

“MD 24, from Stirrup Run Culvert to Deer Creek Bridge, has been identified with varying degrees of slope failure. Deer Creek continuously erodes the toe of the bank, which causes the bank to gradually steepen over time. Because of this earth movement, the traffic barrier in certain locations along MD 24 is learning away from the roadway, and tension cracking continuously appears on the road.”

“Periodic resurfacing has helped to mask the tension cracks but with reduced embankment stabilization, the road is continually in need of maintenance. The slope protection is to protect the roadway and ensure safety of all road users,” Tian wrote in an email.

Tian said the SHA has identified seven distinct sections of the road where various types of slope repairs will be needed in the future. The first efforts will cover the northern-most section, designated “Section A,” and the southern-most section, called “Section G,” which were determined to be most in need of action. The limits of Section A extend from Deer Creek Bridge to 1,200 feet south of the bridge, and the limits of section G extend from 2,000 feet south of Sharon Rd to 900 feet south of Sharon Road, Tian said.

Tian said roadway is proposed to be shifted “up to 10 feet further away from the stream than its current location in both sections” and that “rock blasting will be used in this project to remove the rocks along MD 24.”

However, Tian said the King and Queen Seat, a towering natural rock outcrop once believed to be a ceremonial gathering place for Susquehannock Indians, should not be impacted.

“The rock blasting in either section will not impact the King and Queen Seats. In general, the impact of rock blasting to the surrounding geographic features will be minimal. SHA will provide the contractor blasting provision as a guide to efficient blast design and vibration control. If there is a structure located close to the blasting area, a pre-construction survey may be performed to exam the condition of the structure,” Tian said.

Dynamite detonation was not the first choice for the Rocks Road improvement project, but, as strange as it may sound, it was deemed the least intrusive to the environment of the available options.

“Several alternatives have been studied for this project with an emphasis on protecting the surrounding landscape. Of all the alternatives studied, the only other prudent option would include the construction of a retaining wall along the stream both sections, which would impact the stream through loss of vegetation and flow diversion,” Tian said.

In addition to moving the road away from Deer Creek, the project will also widen Rocks Road, adding about six inches to each travel lane as well as a two-foot paved shoulder on each side of the road.

“Existing MD 24 has two 10.5’-11’ wide lanes with minimal shoulders. The proposed roadway in these two sections will be improved to be 26-feet wide including an 11-foot lane, and a 2-foot paved shoulder in each direction. The 2-foot paved shoulders are to provide a minimal lateral distance between the roadway and roadside obstacles, such as rocks or traffic barriers to reduce the likelihood of fixed object collisions and to provide lateral support of the pavement,” Tian said.

Anyone who lives near or regularly travels through Rocks State Park recognizes the curving creekside roadway can be quite dangerous. Tian said the improvement project should help reduce roadway collisions, especially since the posted speed limits are proposed to remain the same even as the road is widened.

“The 11-foot lanes and 2-foot shoulders are proposed to balance the speed of vehicles and while minimizing the opportunity for opposite direction crashes. This area of MD 24 currently experiences both fixed object and opposite direction crashes greater than the average statewide rate for similarly designed roadways,” Tian said.

During the construction period, SHA has proposed a full road closure since traffic cannot be safely maintained. Traffic will be detoured using MD 23 (East West Highway) and MD 165 (Federal Hill Road). Because the construction of Section A and Section G will not occur concurrently, these road closures and detours are expected to stretch over the course of the next few summers.

However, Tian said the main accesses to Rocks State Park and the accesses to the local residents’ homes “shall always be maintained.”

Additionally, SHA is continuing ongoing coordination with Maryland Department of Natural Resource regarding temporary access closures in Rocks State Park. Upon construction completion, “all accesses shall remain the same,” Tiad added.

SHA is planning an informational public meeting for late-2009 or early-2010 to inform citizens of the proposed improvements, solicit input, and answer any questions about this project.

Photo courtesy of Joshua Blankman


Article printed from The Dagger | Harford County News With an Edge:

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Pretty important news if you were planning on driving through or visiting Rocks anytime in the next few years...

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
From Explore Harford -

Growth at HCC takes hit
State cuts may cause delays

Posted 10/09/09
Harford Community College is plowing ahead with its plans to grow, though the economy appears to be delaying some of the planned expansions.

Besides the upcoming ribbon-cutting for Aberdeen Hall, the institution is working on its Towson University building and a major addition to the Susquehanna Center.

Plans to renovate and expand the Susquehanna Center were reviewed by the county’s Development Advisory Committee Wednesday.

The plans feature a 3,300-seat arena that would more than double the existing center by adding about 53,000 square feet of space to be used for graduations, sporting events, exhibitions, concerts and similar events.

Although the plan is going through the county permitting process, college spokeswoman Nancy Dysard said it is unknown exactly when the structure can be built.

“We were hoping to have begun construction in 2010,” she said, explaining that the college’s budget cuts have made the project’s fate less certain.

The college learned in April Harford County would be unable to fund the addition, as they cannot fund other capital projects around the county.

“We wanted to have it open in 2010 because we are modernizing the current facility and this would also be the most state-of-the-art arena in northeastern Maryland,” she said.

About the drop in funding, she said, “It’s disappointing that we don’t have that ready and we have to prolong it, but we are hoping that if we keep moving forward, when the economy picks up, we can just keep the ball rolling.”

She said the expansion would take 18 months to complete.

The project, which would cost an estimated $26 million, would make the Susquehanna Center a total of 104,000 square feet.

It would require adding about 830 parking spaces and relocating some of the adjacent tennis courts.

There were no comments from residents about the project at the DAC meeting.

The college has authorized a contract with Turner Construction Company for pre-construction services and designated Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet Architects as the builder.

The proposed Towson University building, however, is set for a ground breaking in the coming summer, she said.

That 55,000-square foot, three-story building would host four-year bachelor and graduate programs held by Towson University.

It will be on a 110-acre site on the west side of Thomas Run Road that was originally bought in 2001.

The college signed a memorandum of understanding with Towson in March for the building, which would not require any state funding.

The next building after that would be the Allied Health and Nursing building, which was also scheduled for 2012.

President James LaCalle said he is unsure if funding for the Allied Health building might be pushed off as well.

“With the state not being able to fund Susquehanna, that delays Allied, so we will just have to wait and see,” he said. “We are disappointed that the county didn’t have the sufficient funding to fund its share of Susquehanna Hall.”

Delaying the project for a year is not too significant, however, he said.

The college is also breaking ground Oct. 30 on the 49,000-square-foot Aberdeen Hall, which would feature laboratory space for biology, chemistry, physics and new programs in nanotechnology, microbiology and environmental sciences.

The college’s master plan also outlines three more academic buildings to be built over the next 20 years: an Apprenticeship Training Center, the Sherriff’s Training Academy Building and a MET (Math, Engineering and Technology) Building.


Seems more likely that the Towson campus is being pushed through regardless of who doesn't want to fund it, and is the only surefire project in production. I was also under the impression that the Aberdeen Hall had already been completed.

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BRAC fuels building boom in Harford

Just outside the main gate of Aberdeen Proving Ground, construction workers are finishing up a three-story building's brick exterior, preparing to install windows and divide the vast interior into offices. Nearby, a cleared parcel sits ready for a second building to start soon - even though the developer has yet to sign up a single tenant.

The work at North Gate Business Park symbolizes the rush to build offices in Harford County as the long-awaited influx of jobs from a nationwide military base restructuring nears. Preparation or construction in at least half a dozen office parks near the U.S. Army post has made the area one of the few in Maryland where developers are scrambling to meet growing demand. In some cases, they're even building "on spec," before any leases are signed.

Those scenarios, experts say, are largely unheard of during the recession, as most businesses are shedding space and forgoing expansion, and developers can't get credit to build.

"It certainly is unusual," said Stephen Blank, a senior finance fellow with the Washington-based Urban Land Institute. "It points to a perception of the inherent strength in the local economy and the local market driven by the base realignment issue, and what people believe will be the growth industry that revolves around it."

In a boost for Maryland's economy, the government is bringing 8,200 military and civilian jobs, mostly to APG, by 2011, with projections of 13,000 to 17,000 related contractor, subcontractor and supplier jobs to follow. Several thousand jobs are expected by the middle of next year. A first wave, including some of the top military contractors now supporting Army functions being moved from Fort Monmouth, N.J., began seeking space earlier this year. They're finding it in short supply.

"My office right now, and many of the brokers around town, we are shoehorning people into the places we've got," said James C. Richardson, director of the county Office of Economic Development.

Richardson says Harford's situation is unique. "In this economy, I cannot tell you anyplace else in the nation where this is going on right now."

David Baird, a senior managing director with Cushman & Wakefield Inc. in Baltimore, said the commercial real estate firm estimates a need for 8.5 million to 10 million square feet of space both on and off the Army post for workers coming by 2011. About 3.5 million square feet is planned for the APG grounds.

Some construction has begun. Baltimore developer St. John Properties has started work on five buildings, about 300,000 square feet in all, in a sprawling business park called Government and Technology Enterprise (GATE) on the Army base. And Columbia-based Corporate Office Properties Trust is developing North Gate, planned to have 850,000 square feet of offices, outside the base.

Still, Richardson said, offices will be in short supply. To meet demand by 2012, he said, the county needs another 2.1 million square feet of space. Now Harford has 6.6 million square feet of office and flex office space, with a 6.9 percent vacancy rate, but much of the vacant space is either not large enough or not well located to handle the incoming contractors.

The vacancy rate falls sharply, to 2.9 percent, if only the larger, higher-quality office buildings are included, according to Cushman & Wakefield's third-quarter office market report. Meanwhile, other metropolitan area counties are struggling with double-digit vacancy rates: 15 percent in Howard, more than 16 percent in Anne Arundel, more than 12 percent in Baltimore County and nearly 16 percent in Baltimore City.

"The [Harford] vacancy rate is very low, by any measure," Baird said. "The demand is coming, and the challenge to meet all of this demand is one of timing. The ability to meet the demand and build space has been complicated by the credit crisis and general financing that affects development."

Some demand will be satisfied by the 400-acre GATE project, slated to become a 2 million- to 3 million-square-foot research and development park. Construction under way by St. John includes two 75,000-square-foot, three-story office buildings, two "flex" buildings and one one-story office building, with the first construction to be completed by May and the rest by October. Jerry Wit, senior vice president of marketing for St. John, said the developer has signed a lease with defense contractor Raytheon Co. to occupy a three-story building and move in by October.

On Monday, St. John announced defense firm L-3 Communications' Command & Control Systems and Software will lease the other three-story building.

"The other 150,000 [square feet] has no tenants, but we want to be BRAC-ready," Wit said, so that when the Army's new 2.4 million-square-foot Command, Control, Computer, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) operation opens next year, "their subcontractors can open at the same time."

The developer was in a strong enough position to get financing for speculative construction at a time when the credit market collapse has made such financing a rarity.

Corporate Office Properties Trust, too, is doing speculative building. The real estate investment trust is finishing its first project in North Gate, an 80,000-square-foot building where MITRE Corp., a nonprofit systems engineering, research and development group, has leased 54,000 square feet and expects to move in by summer.

COPT broke ground on the second building Nov. 2 without tenants, and is designing the next group of three buildings to start by early next year. Demand has started to accelerate this fall as the government has validated contracts with defense firms.

Besides Aberdeen, COPT is building around Maryland's Fort Meade and in San Antonio with a total of 1.2 million square feet of offices under construction and another 1.5 million square feet to start next year - all spurred by demand from government agencies and contractors.

Other developers of planned business parks say they are ready to build, but need to sign up tenants first. Projects include Merritt Properties' plans for Aberdeen Corporate Center on Route 22, and Commons at Fieldside Village near Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, slated for 500,000 square feet of offices.

Site work will start soon at James Run Corporate Campus at Interstate 95 and Route 543, which can handle more than 1 million square feet of development, including shops, a hotel and 850,000 square feet of Class A office. Construction of office buildings won't start until some tenants are signed. But developers feel confident that will happen by early next year, with the first buildings to open by 2011 in time for BRAC moves, said Baird, whose firm, Cushman & Wakefield, is handling leasing for the developer, James Run LLC.

At the Water's Edge Corporate Campus, a $60 million mixed-use project developed by Manekin LLC and Alex Brown Realty, a mix of six mid-rise and one-story office buildings have been completed and leased. Plans call for another mid-rise building and another single-story office.

"In both cases, we have the buildings fully designed and permits ready to be pulled, but we are waiting to get some pre-leasing before we start," said Cole Schnorf, senior vice president and director of development for Manekin. In their planning, developers are trying to determine whether spinoff jobs from BRAC will be closer to 10,000 or 20,000, he said.

Schnorf said Harford's proposed projects are part of 6 million square feet of development in the pipeline to meet BRAC demand. If all of it comes to fruition, "we'll be overbuilt," he said.

But there's likely to be at least a temporary shortage. "The feeling is the demand will outpace the supply for Class A office in that market," Baird said. "We will all get our share of demand."
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
From The Aegis:

Gov. O'Malley visits Harford County
Announces $46.2 million road improvement project for Aberdeen


Posted 12/11/09

Gov. Martin O'Malley visited Harford County Friday to announce planned road improvements in Aberdeen at the intersection of Routes 40 and 715, the gateway to Aberdeen Proving Ground.

At a briefing near the Walmart which was attended by County Executive David Craig and Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett, the governor said these improvements will be part of the the first BRAC-related project in Harford County to enter the construction phase.

The $46.2 million dollar project is scheduled to get under way next fall with the widening of Route 715 from two lanes in each direction to three between Route 40 and the APG main gate. The 715/40 junction will be upgraded to a full interchange, and improvements are planned at the intersection of Routes 7 and 715. The entire project should be completed by the summer of 2012.

"These are primarily federal dollars," O'Malley said Friday, although the state is making a considerable match.

The governor emphasized the importance of BRAC in bringing jobs to Maryland and specifically Harford County. He said this project will bring about 450 construction jobs to the area.

"Harford County is still the second best performing economy in the country and that is largely due to BRAC," O'Malley said.

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·

Pricetag seems awfully high for expansion of about a mile of road, and I question what they mean by a 'full interchange.'

It already seems pretty 'full' to me, so I don't understand the point of expanding it any more than adding a second lane from northbound 40. Because across 40, 715 empties into a warehouse park and dead-ends, basically making it a T-intersection right now. The hopeful reason for a big cloverleaf or half cloverleaf would be if they were leaving room for a future exit off of I-95, which is only two miles away. And if that's their master plan, then great. But dumping money into an exit that already exists seems wasteful, if that's the end game they're going for.
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