The chairman of Chaimson Brokerage Co. Inc., a food brokerage active in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, has put the company's Charles Street headquarters up for sale in preparation for a planned move to Howard County.
Manekin Corp. has listed the buildings at 2519 to 2521 N. Charles St., which contain about 34,300 square feet of space, for sale for $2.25 million. Chaimson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hanan Sibel last week disclosed plans to move the company and its 140 employees by Nov. 1 from Charles Street to a 40,000-square-foot facility at 6822 Oak Hall Lane in Columbia.
Mr. Sibel bought the building for $1.9 million and plans to renovate it before moving Chaimson in, according to his son, Steven Sibel, president of SJS Development Co. SJS isworking with Chaimson to coordinate the work and has selected Tapper Construction Co. as general contractor.
Hanan Sibel said that he decided to move Chaimson because the company needed more office and parking space and he wanted to be closer to many of the companies it works with, which now stretch from Northern Maryland to Richmond.
Susan Eliasberg, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Economic Development Corp., said the agency was aware of Chaimson's plans to move and attempted to persuade Mr. Sibel to remain in Baltimore. She said the city discussed the possibility of selling Chaimson the former school administration headquarters on West 25th Street, but Chaimson ultimately decided to move to Howard County for logistical reasons.
Hanan Sibel recently sold another property, the former Love's restaurant at Charles and 25th streets, to restaurateur Jongsil Lee, who has renamed it No Da Gi.
The Johns Hopkins University has hired Frank Gant Architects to design the proposed conversion of the former SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church at 2715 N. Charles Street to a permanent home for the Johns Hopkins University Press.
University officials say the combined cost of buying and renovating the five-story, 25,000-square-foot building is about $3 million.