Cramped quarters lead chamber to seek new site

May 22, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County's Chamber of Commerce is looking for a little more elbow room.

Helen Utz, the chamber's executive director, confirmed Thursday that the organization is looking to purchase a new headquarters building. Group members have rented their current space, at 229 E. Main St. in Westminster, for about nine years, she said.

"We're cramped for space," Ms. Utz said of the 1,000-square-foot facility. "As the chamber grows, we need more operating space and more storage space. We are interested in buying a building that would house our needs now and in the future."

lTC Chamber members are willing to spend $160,000 to $200,000 for about 3,000 square feet of space, preferably in Westminster, she said. The organization will consider a bigger building if it is allowed to lease space to someone else, Ms. Utz said.

"We'd like something fairly close to the county office building," she said. "Westminster would probably be better because we'd be centrally located in the county. Members can get to us easier."

Parking, which the current facility lacks, is also necessary, Ms. Utz said.

"Business people stop in for information, tourists stop in for information, so we need to be easily located," she said.

Group members started an improvement fund 10 years ago, Ms. Utz said. However, they still expect to borrow some of the money necessary for the project, she said.

Members have no definite prospects yet, Ms. Utz said.

"The [eight-member] committee just formed," she said. "We've had one call, but we have not really lined anything up to look at yet."

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