ELDERSBURG — James C. Threatte, director of the Office of Economic Development, said his department has been busy this year processing 60 inquiries for industrial sites in the county.
In a meeting with the county commissioners Monday, Threatte said employees recently mailed out a three-piece market share survey to attract businesses.
"We have already gotten positive responses back," he said, urgingthe commissioners to maintain a climate for business in the county. "We have a long way to go for the industrial base to catch up with the growth in housing."
Threatte cited several recent successes at bringing business here before asking the commissioners not to reduce his department's advertising budget.
"If we don't let business knowwe're here, somebody else will take up the market," he said.
Commissioner President Donald I. Dell thanked Threatte for his efforts.
"We know you are helping people and working on business expansion,"said the commissioner. "Growth, both residential and industrial, is not over."
ANYONE WANT A MALL?
ELDERSBURG -- Carrolltowne Mall, a large retail center in South Carroll that is anchored by a SuperFresh food store, a Peebles department store, a K mart and a six-screen movie complex, will go on the auction block Oct. 30 in a foreclosure sale on behalf of Maryland National Bank.
Alex Cooper Auctioneers is handling the sale, which will be at 2:30 p.m. on the steps of the Carroll County Courthouse in Westminster. The 298,383-square-foot mall is one of the state's largest retail centers to go up for auction in this recession.
In court documents, Maryland National attorneys claim the owner, Carrolltowne Center Associates Limited Partnership, owed the bank $36.4 million as of Aug. 13 and thatinterest is accruing at the rate of $8,376 per day.
NEW STORES OPENING
WESTMINSTER -- Wicker and Baskets has opened at Cranberry Mall.
Wicker and Baskets, originally opened in Hanover, Pa., has expanded with this second store. Diane Dickensheets is owner and manager, along with her husband.
In addition to the basket displays, customers can find wicker baby carriages, end tables/nightstands, chests, beds, lamps, chairs, lounges and more.
The store is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Opening at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 will be Maurices, specializing in the latest apparel for men and women. The new location is one of more than 550 Maurices stores in the United States.
Festivities for thegrand opening include a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., storewide discounts and perfume samples.
DOCTOR JOINS PRACTICE
WESTMINSTER -- Dr. Michael R. Barnett, obstetrician/gynecologist, recently joined the practice of Dr. Melvin Yeshnik in Suite 206 of theBillingslea Office Building.
Prior to coming to Westminster, Barnett had a private practice in Baltimore for two years and served as an instructor in the residency program at Harbor Hospital.
Barnett has special interests in cancer screening, laparoscopy, and the management of infertility, menopause and incontinence. He also is trained in the insertion of Norplant, a new method of birth control.
He has a bachelor of arts in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University and his medical school education from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore.
Barnett is board eligible in ob/gyn and has passed Part I of his board examination. He will completePart II in December, the earliest date he is eligible to take the test.
He is a Junior Fellow of the American College of Ob/Gyn and a member of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists and the American Urogynecologic Society.
A Baltimore native, Barnettlives with his wife, Patricia, and two sons, Nicholas and William, in Timonium, Baltimore County. His hobbies include hunting and fishing.
In addition to the Westminster office, Barnett will have office hours on Mondays in Hampstead and Fridays in Sykesville.
CAPTION: DR. MICHAEL R. BARNETT
Joins Dr. Melvin Yeshnik's practice
BOARD MAKES DECISIONS
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has announced its decision in two recent cases.
A request by Ronald M. Singer toenlarge an existing retail store, classified as a nonconforming use,at 2824 Littlestown Pike, has been authorized, subject to conditionsput forth by the board.
Singer recently purchased the half-acre property, which includes a retail store and two apartments. He has proposed enlarging the building to include a walk-in cooler, sales and rental area for videocassettes and a small office.
The board approved the request on condition that a revised plot plan and floor plan be submitted to the board, a privacy fence be erected, exterior lighting be shielded from adversely affecting adjacent properties, parking spaces be established, and expansion be limited to the sales and rental of videocassettes.