Steamship agency moves headquarters

Commercial real estate

February 27, 1991

Ramsay, Scarlett & Co. Inc., one of Baltimore's oldest steamship agencies, has moved its corporate headquarters from South St. to the newly renovated space in the Equitable Bank Building at 10 N. Calvert St.

Ramsay, Scarlett Travel, a full-service travel agency, accompanied its parent company in the move.

Ramsay, Scarlett, which had operated from its own building for 20 years, sold the 20,000-square-foot building last spring.

The firm now occupies 4,647 square feet in the Equitable building's lobby level in space that formerly housed the Alex. Brown Inc. investment firm.

Ramsay, Scarlett was founded in 1880 and is in its third generation of family ownership. It ships cargo from Baltimore and three other American ports, and trucks freight throughout the continental United States.

The travel agency offers a full range of corporate and personal travel services.

Charles Scarlett, president of the travel agency, said the firm decided to sell its building on South Street after reducing its downtown operations and dispersing employees to Canton and Curtis Bay to be closer to the port and freight facilities.

"We were rattling around in the building and didn't want to be landlords," he said.

The Equitable Building is owned by BIA. The building recently was renovated with upgrades to the common areas, building systems and the some of the leased space.

A magnetic resonance imaging center is set to open next month the Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital.

The center uses a power magnetic field and radio waves to produce a computer-generated internal picture of the human body. Its diagnostic range includes the detection of tumors; bone, muscle and joint disorders; brain and nervous system abnormalities; and different types of cancer.

The 4,100-square-foot building was constructed by American Properties Construction Co. of Alexandria, Va., and designed by Gerald Nichols Associates of Salt Lake City. Zinser & Dunn architects of Vienna, Va. were the on-site representatives of the architect.

The building cost $612,000. Construction was finished last month and now the equipment is being tested, said Frank Goriup, manager of the center.

The Baltimore franchise of the Diet Workshop has moved into new headquarters at 11460 Cronridge Drive in the Owings Mills Commerce Centre. The franchise is leasing 3,176 square feet of office and storage space in the Continental Realty Corp. project.

The Owings Mills Commerce Centre occupies 34.5 acres within the Business Center at Owings Mills.

* Del Monte Foods has leased 2,800 square feet at the Chesapeake Center in Columbia, according to W.C. Pinkard.

* Country Pleasures gift shop has leased 2,000 square feet in the Cranbrook Shopping Center, located at 554 Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville, according to W.C. Pinkard.

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