Broadcaster Fights Rent Charges Suit

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November 25, 1990

A lawyer representing Harford County Broadcasting Inc., owner of WHRF-AM radio in Bel Air, says the company plans to defend a suit against it for unpaid rent by showing that its lease was breached after the Courtland Square office building in Bel Air was foreclosed on.

The radio station rents offices in the building, located on Main Street.

Lawrence Melfa, an attorney with Howard, Butler and Melfa law firm in Towson who is representing Harford County Broadcasting, said the company had an agreement with the former owner of the office building, Steven R.

Hankins of Bel Air, that the company would pay approximately $2,099 a month in rent.

Hankins would provide the station "with a minium of $1,000 a month" in radio advertising, Melfa said the agreement stated.

Melfa said the company has a letter between company officials and Hankins that makes the arrangement "clearly understood."

When Fairfax State Bank took over the building at foreclosure, he continued, it requested that Harford County Broadcasting agree to cease any offsets to the lease.

But the radio station did not agree, the lawyer said.

"It'll be for up to a judge to decide whether the contract for advertising was part of the lease or entirely separate," he said. "My client believes it's clearly part of the lease."

Melfa said the company would file court papers in the suit soon and was "exploring the possibility of claims against other parties."

Fairfax State Bank Courtland Square has sued Harford Broadcasting in Harford Circuit Court, contending the broadcaster owes unpaid rent since July and other costs.

PRODUCTION CENTER PLANNED BY CLOROX

The Clorox Co. announced that it will begin seeking county approval for a $75 million production and distribution center in Perryman that will eventually employ 100 people.

Clorox will manufacture and distribute liquid bleach at the site on Perryman Road, just south of the Cranberry Run Industrial Park, according to the company's prepared statement.

Construction of the plant is expected to be finished in early 1993, but the center will not be fully operational until 1995, the statement said.

The plant will have an annual payroll and benefits of up to $4 million and will contribute about $600,000 in county and state taxes, the company said.

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