Company to erect first building at technology center

July 16, 1995|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

MIE Properties Inc., a Catonsville company that builds and manages commercial and industrial real estate, has been chosen to construct the first industrial building at Harford County's high-technology and education center near Aberdeen.

The new structure, a 40,000-square-foot "industrial flex" building, aimed at a mix of uses -- from high-technology manufacturing to research and development to offices, said Gerard Wit, a spokesman for the company.

Situated on state-owned land at Route 22 and Interstate 95, the industrial building is to complement an academic building that's scheduled to open this fall at the same site. Both will be part of what's being called the Higher Education and Applied Technology, or HEAT, center.

Harford Community College will offer academic programs at the HEAT center, some in conjunction with other colleges and universities. Just this week, the University of Maryland at Baltimore signed an agreement to offer a master's degree program in nursing there.

Mr. Wit, vice president of marketing for MIE Properties, said having a flexible building that can accommodate light manufacturing, research and office space so close to the academic building will be a plus. Potential tenants would look to the academic building for employees and for employee training, he said.

Another benefit of the site is its location just off I-95, and not far west of Aberdeen Proving Ground -- a potential customer for high-technology goods and services, he said.

"I think it's the right project at the right location at the right time," said Mr. Wit. "We're very optimistic."

Paul Gilbert, director of economic development for Harford County, said the industrial building has the potential to provide roughly 200 jobs, depending on who rents space there. He said his office will assist MIE Properties in marketing the parcel in Maryland and throughout the United States.

Mr. Wit said his company has identified a number of "suspects" among its current tenants -- firms that may be interested in moving to the new building.

The building, expected to cost $2 million, will be funded by a low-interest state loan offered through the Maryland Department Business and Economic Development. Construction is expected to begin this fall, and the building is scheduled to open by March 1996.

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