City officials and executives of TCI Communications of Baltimore Inc. will break ground today for a new headquarters for the city's cable television provider, a 50,000-square-foot building that will mark the first new construction in the Seton Business Park in six years.
The new building, off Northern Parkway and near Liberty Road, will house TCI's management, customer service and repair operations, as well as a new production studio, the company said. It is set to be completed in April.
The headquarters will partially replace TCI's current facility on Kirk Avenue in northeast Baltimore.
TCI said it will keep two-thirds of its Kirk Avenue space for an additional customer payment center and for technical support operations. The other space will be marketed to commercial and industrial tenants.
"It enables us to position ourselves on two sides of the city, because we'll also be retaining our current location," said John Galen Davis, TCI's special projects manager. "It enables us to deliver faster response times in terms of appointments for installation and service appointments, and also brings us closer to sections of the city where we need to do maintenance on our plant."
lTC Lynette Locke, a TCI spokeswoman, said that the cable provider's staff has grown about 25 percent since 1990, and the company has outgrown its Kirk Avenue quarters.
TCI is a unit of Tele-Communications Inc., the company that took over United Artists' Baltimore cable franchise in 1992.
The company is also upgrading its network to include fiber-optic cable, which will improve picture clarity and service reliability while also paving the way for expanded programming.
In May, the city's Board of Estimates approved the sale for $409,625 of 5.65 acres in the Seton Business Park to a partnership led by principals of Manekin Corp., a development and brokerage firm.
The partnership will construct the building, the value of which was estimated at $3.5 million. TCI will lease the building for two years and then buy it.
Pub Date: 7/20/96