Site in Reese pondered for industry use Target area is across from closed Telemecanique plant

Panel votes unanimously

Cost of extending water, sewer service brought up as issue

June 27, 1996|By James M. Coram and Donna R. Engle | James M. Coram and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

County business leaders are asking Carroll's planning office to evaluate a square-mile site north of Route 140 and east of Bethel Road in Reese for use as an industrial park.

Little was said about the property other than its size -- "600 to 800 acres" -- yesterday at the monthly meeting of the county Economic Development Commission. Although specific acreage has not been identified, the terrain consists mostly of rolling woodland, groves of trees surrounded by clearings and farmland.

The target area is across Bethel Road from another industrial property, Telemecanique, an electrical components manufacturer that closed its plant in August 1993. The 25-acre Telemecanique site, including a 156,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, once was eyed by the county as a home for the school board.

In December, the County Commissioners abandoned a two-year quest to buy the Telemecanique building, bowing to pressure from the county's General Assembly delegation, whose members feared future environmental problems from a tainted well at the plant.

The Economic Development Commission's industrial land and infrastructure committee has been looking at potential sites near Westminster for the past six months at the request of the County Commissioners, John T. Lyburn Jr., the county economic development director, told business leaders yesterday.

The commissioners asked the committee to identify parcels near Westminster, and the Reese site is the closest, Lyburn said. The Bethel Road-Route 140 intersection is about five miles from the downtown business district.

The commission voted unanimously to ask the County Commissioners to direct Philip Rovang, the planning director, to study the site for industrial use.

"For such a grand industrial area, we would have to identify all the infrastructure needs -- water, sewer, roads and the traffic impact," Rovang said.

"We should be evaluating the cost of extending water and sewer to the site as well as studying self-containment" -- building a treatment plant on the site, he said. "If everything is a go, we'll have to determine what's likely to be the infrastructure costs."

If water and sewer service were extended to the area, it would have to be supplied by the city of Westminster.

However, Westminster Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan said no one from county government has approached the city about extending water and sewer service to a specific site.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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