Allstate Insurance Co. has leased more than half of a new
building in Millersville and will use it to replace its Glen Burnie claims adjustment center, the company's broker and the new building's owner said yesterday.
The Illinois-based insurer has leased 18,300 square feet at the I-97 Business Park on Benfield Boulevard, where it will move into the third of seven buildings that are planned, said Jerry Wit, marketing director for the building's owner, MIE Investment Co. of Catonsville.
jTC Mr. Wit said the developer and Allstate had been discussing the move since last year.
"Allstate chose this not only because of its location but because it backs up to open space," which is parkland owned by Anne Arundel County, he said. "For an industrial park, it's very pastoral."
Terms of the lease were not available. Allstate is expected to move in in January.
Chuck Friday, a broker at CB Commercial in Baltimore who represented Allstate, said most of the leased space will be offices but that a small amount will be devoted to a drive-through area where customers can bring damaged cars to be inspected by Allstate's claims staff.
Mr. Wit said Allstate will move into a 33,300-square-foot building; the rest of the space will remain available for lease. When all seven buildings are finished, the 53-acre complex will offer 285,000 square feet of space that can be used for laboratories, warehouses or inexpensive office space.