To save money and make better use of office space, the county will relocate some agencies out of Arundel Center North -- at B&A Boulevardand Crain Highway -- and move others in.
Rumors circulating in North County that the departure of Urban Renewal and Community Development offices will leave the 41,000-square-foot building partially unoccupied are false, county administrators said this week.
As soon as those agencies move out -- probably by April 1 -- additional county Department of Aging employees will move in, said Jerry Klasmeier, the county's central facilities officer.
"Arundel Center North has always been a critical part of the county's office-use plan and will continue to be," said Klasmeier. "It's anticipated to be a major service center."
Klasmeier said the county began studying the use of all county-owned office space last year to see if it couldcut back on its leased commercial space.
The offices of Urban Renewal and Community Development will be moved to the county-owned Heritage Office Complex off Riva Road in Annapolis, opening up additionalspace in the five-story Arundel Center North, said Klasmeier.
Both departments, which had been independent, have been brought under the umbrella of the county's Department of Planning and Zoning, also located at the Heritage Complex, he said.
Victor Sulin, administrator of Urban Renewal, said his office will "retain some sort of presense" in Arundel Center North -- probably a smaller satellite office.
The Department of Aging, which already maintains some of its officesat Arundel Center North, will relocate personnel from offices it leases off Old Solomon's Road in Parole.
Director Carol Baker said consolidating her staff will have many advantages, including more efficient use of support staff and computer systems and cost savings from reduced transportation back and forth and from leasing office space.
The Department of Aging will maintain a satellite office in Annapolis to serve area residents, Baker said.
County Councilman Edward Middlebrooks, who represents Glen Burnie, said he had expressed concern to County Executive Robert R. Neall about offices being moved out of Glen Burnie and the perception that the administration was not committed to keeping a variety of services at the North County facility.
The bulk of county offices are located at the Arundel Center and Heritage Complex, both in Annapolis.
After speaking with the county executive, Middlebrooks said, he is convinced Arundel Center North will retain a good mix of offices and services, and that no additional departments will be moved out.
"They've assured me the rest of those offices will stay," he said.
In addition to the county's Department of Aging, Arundel Center North houses offices for Inspections and Permits, Mental Health, Manpower, the Board of Elections, the Fire Investigations Bureau, the Federal Credit Union, Facilities Management and others.
The center is also home of the North County branchof Anne Arundel Community College, including administrative offices,classrooms and other services.