2 McNasby building tenants say they want to stay

March 02, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

A seafood retailer and a seafood wholesaler have told Annapolis officials that they want to stay in the old McNasby Oyster Co. building that the Maryland Watermen's Cooperative wants to abandon.

Kiwi's Seafood Inc., the retailer, and the Watermen's Corp., the wholesaler, said in a letter to officials on Monday that they could guarantee twice the quarterly rent paid by the Watermen's Cooperative. Alderman Ellen Moyer, chairwoman of the City Council's Finance Committee, said the city was looking at that proposal and several others.

The Maryland Watermen's Cooperative moved into the old oyster plant in November 1989, hoping to save Annapolis' seafood processing industry and promote Maryland seafood. But a lack of money and bureaucratic delays doomed the processing facility.

Last year, the watermen formed joint ventures with Kiwi's and the Watermen's Corp. to operate the retail and wholesale businesses.

In their letter, Kiwi's and the Watermen's Corp. promised to pay outstanding utility bills on the property, one year's property tax, maintain equipment and make an advance payment on the rent.

"We feel that our first year was strong enough for us to make this offer of an immediate increase over what the MWC [Maryland Watermen's Cooperative] has been paying. We also hope that this offer will demonstrate to the city our seriousness and our desire to establish a good relationship," they said.

Kiwi's employs five to 10 people. The Watermen's Corp. employs 10 to 15.

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