Site plans are approved for air business center 2 firms to move into new section

July 09, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

The Westminster planning commission quickly approved site plans last night for a business and an industry scheduled to move into the county air business center.

The commission action clears the way for buildings to house Central Maryland Farm Credit and Design Enterprises Inc. The two tenants are the first to move into a 12-lot section of the air business center developed privately.

Farm Credit, which makes about 85 percent of its loans to farmers and about 15 percent to homeowners, is moving its headquarters from Frederick to Westminster. A branch office staffed by 15 to 18 employees will remain in Frederick, said Ronald K. Byrd, Farm Credit president and chief executive officer.

tTC Mr. Byrd said the credit association is unlikely to hire additional workers initially. The 10 staff members currently in Westminster branch offices will move to the new office and most administrators will transfer from the Frederick office, he said. The building will be designed for 20 employees, with potential for expansion to 32.

Mr. Byrd said Farm Credit decided to bring its headquarters here because, "Westminster is almost the dead center of our territory." The association serves clients from Cecil to Washington Counties.

The lender hopes to occupy its new building by March 1994. It will be on a 3.8-acre lot.

Design Enterprises, which makes machine tools, will move to the air business center from a site in Cranberry Industrial Park on Lucabaugh Mill Road. The corporation will build on a 1.9-acre lot.

Design Enterprises owner John Shriver Jr. declined to discuss any other aspect of his plans.

The planning commission recommended that the City Council clear the way for another possible air business center tenant by changing the city zoning ordinance to allow manufacture and assembly of aircraft in areas zoned for industrial-restricted.

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