Riparius plans industrial center for east county

Commerical real estate

November 12, 1990|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff

In Monday's Evening Sun, the owner of the Holabird Industrial Park in East Baltimore was reported incorrectly. The owner is P.F. Obrecht and Son. The Evening Sun regrets the error.

Riparius Development Corp. of Timonium plans to build a new warehouse/manufacturing facility in eastern Baltimore County.

Ground is to be broken for the Trappe Industrial Center early next year, said H. Dixon Harvey Jr., development director for Riparius.

"We're looking to begin construction in the spring, or as soon as winter ends, which could be as early as February," Harvey said. "It all depends on the weather."


The Trappe Center will be located off Trappe Road between the Patapsco Freeway, which runs into Interstate 695, and the Conrail railroad tracks.

"We're in close proximity to 695, 95, Seagirt and the Dundalk Marine Terminal," Harvey said. "We're convenient for manufacturers in the city or the county who are looking for a place to distribute, or who need a manufacturing facility."

The company declined to reveal the projected cost of constructing the center.

Riparius, which has received approval from the Baltimore County Review Group, expects to have the center open by next summer.

It will provide 147,000 square feet of bulk space for manufacturers, Harvey said. The storage space also will include trailer parking, rail service and 28 feet of clear ceiling space.

Harvey said the type of customer who might seek out the services at Trappe is varied. "We might have a publisher looking to store books, or someone who makes steel products," Harvey said.

Trappe Center will be able to provide businesses with anywhere from 6,400 square feet to the total 147,000 square feet of area. Typically, customers lease about 30,000 square feet, he said.

Founded in 1984, Riparius has a diversified organization focusing on real estate development, construction and engineering. They have purchased office parks including The Atrium in Timonium.

Riparius also owns the Holabird Industrial Park in east Baltimore and the Hardin-Kight Building in Glen Burnie.

The company has also developed its own business park, the Riparius Center at Owings Mills, which include office space, shops, eating places, a fitness center and a 150-room hotel. Office space is expected to be available by 1992.

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