Blue Cross-Blue Shield leases more office space

March 20, 1991|By Edward Gunts

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland has leased another 45,000 square feet of office space in Owings Mills, this time in the Owings Mills Commerce Centre complex developed by Continental Realty Corp.

The lease marks the first time Blue Cross has leased space in Owings Mills from a developer other than the Columbia-based Rouse Co. Over the past several years, Blue Cross has leased 390,000 square feet of office space for 2,100 employees in two buildings that Rouse constructed near the Owings Mills Mall, and all of it will be occupied as of this weekend.

The Rouse buildings contain the organization's new headquarters, which replaced the old headquarters at Joppa Road and Goucher Boulevard.

Edwin Boyles, director of facilities for Blue Cross, and Elizabeth Ziemski, a company spokeswoman, said the lease with Continental Realty is for space to accommodate about 200 more employees working in areas of the company dedicated to providers' services. Many of them, Mr. Boyles said, will be moving from the Yorkridge Center in Cockeysville and were never part of the planned move to the Rouse buildings.

Mark Levy, a vice president of Baltimore-based Continental Realty, said that Blue Cross has leased space in a one-story, 68,000-square-foot building at 11500 Cronridge Drive. It is the second of eight buildings planned as part of Continential's Owings Mills Commerce Centre, which is being constructed on a 34 1/2 -acre parcel within the Business Center at Owings Mills.

Kasco Chesapeake Builders Inc. of Reisterstown, the general contractor for the $5 million building, began construction work this week. Baltimore-based Beck, Powell & Parsons is the architect for the building.

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