The U.S. Coast Guard is planning to relocate a national supply center from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Anne Arundel County early next year to be closer to the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard, county officials announced yesterday.
The Coast Guard General Supply Facility Office is to move to Glen Burnie in February.
It is expected to employ between 170 and 200 workers, about 100 of whom will be military.
County officials could not say how many new jobs the center would bring to Anne Arundel, and Coast Guard officials failed to return several calls.
Some of the employees from the Brooklyn office probably will follow their jobs to Glen Burnie, said Rosemary Duggins, marketing coordinator in the Office of Economic Development.
The General Services Administration (GSA), the federal government's real estate procurement arm, struck a deal last week with Merritt, a Baltimore-based commercial developer, to lease 38,000 square feet in the Curtis Business Center on Ordnance Road.
The GSA had been looking for a new site for the office for about one year, listing proximity to the Coast Guard Yard as a priority, said Ann Coscia, project manager for Merritt. The business center is about a mile and a half from the yard.
"We're not sure how many jobs need to be filled by county residents, but they're occupying a sizable piece of space, and that's always nice," Ms. Duggins said.
The new office will be one of two Coast Guard Supply Centers, Ms. Duggins said. Workers are to supervise and place orders to stock and distribute everything from heavy buoy shackles to delicate electronic components for ships, Coast Guard stations and Coast Guard district offices across the country, she explained.
The Curtis Business Center, completed about one year ago, has two 21,375-square-feet buildings currently used for warehouse, office, retail and day-care operations.
The Coast Guard will move into a third building, occupying about 38,000 of 56,700 square feet. Chesapeake Graphic Impressions already leases space in that building.
Merritt will finish the Coast Guard space -- currently a shell warehouse -- for office use by February, Ms. Coscia said.