Plumtree Professional Center, an office complex currently under construction on Md. 924 in Bel Air, is just about three months from completion and more than 45 percent leased, its developer announced recently.
Anthony Manganaro, president of Siena Corp., owner and developer of the project, said tenants will begin moving into the $5 million facility sometime in late July or early August. While it is not the only medical office building in the Bel Air area, Manganaro said, Plumtree is unique because of the design of the building and parking lot.
Manganaro said the Plumtree complex provides approximately six patient parking spaces for every 1,000 square feet of office space. The building has more than 33,500 square feet of floor space overall. Employees will be provided parking in the back of the building, leaving the front lot free for patients, he said.
Also, the facility is only one story, allowing patients to be (P dropped off directly in front of their doctors' offices, he added.
Manganaro said that other Bel Air medical buildings are several stories or have too few parking spaces.
The idea of building the facility came from the practice of Doctors Copeland, Hyman & Shackman, P.A. The practice suggested a need for a new medical facility in Bel Air and will be a major tenant in the building, Manganaro said.
The doctors run a radiology practice and will be opening a fullservice imaging center at Plumtree. Manganaro said the practice is spending over $2 million to properly outfit the facility and install equipment.
Adental practice is also under lease, and Manganaro said that other parties appear to be interested. He said he hoped that when fully leased, Plumtree would be a "pure medical building, ++ housing only physician practices.
The, following are commercial leases recently announced by Kayne/Levin/Neilson/Bavar Realtors:
* Porter Cable, a national retailer of power tools, has opened a 5,400-square-foot office and distribution center in the Baltimore-Washington Commerce Park at 7397 Washington Blvd. in Howard County. C.G. Floor, which provides residential and commercial flooring services, has leased 1,800 square feet of office and warehouse space in the park at 7393 Washington Blvd.
* Carpet Crafters, which installs residential carpeting, has leased 1,175 square feet of office and warehouse space in Columbia's Oakland Ridge Industrial Center at 9151-A Red Branch Road.
* Gator Graphics, a firm that does silk-screening on such items as hats and T-shirts, has leased 2,000 square feet of space at 6655 Dobbin Road in Columbia's Sieling Business Park to be used for offices and storage.