Work begins on Eastside business park UPS Properties facility is first new development in county enterprise zone

July 25, 1996|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

The first new development for Baltimore County's enterprise zone and a key element in the Eastside revitalization is under construction, promising as many as 1,500 jobs for the area when work is complete.

As workers poured concrete nearby, county officials and business leaders celebrated the groundbreaking yesterday of UPS Properties' Marshfield Business Park, a 1.5 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution complex.

The first of six buildings planned in the $30 million project off Kelso Drive is to be completed this fall.

"We've transformed ourselves from a basic manufacturing economy in the southeast to one that is more diverse," said Baltimore County Economic Development Director Robert L. Hannon.

Casey & Associates, the leasing agent for the project, is negotiating with two out-of-state tenants interested in leasing all or part of the first building for regional distribution operations.

"We've had some very serious prospects because of the location and the developer," said Casey & Associates President Robert Manekin.

The developer is UPS Properties, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, which has a reputation for building high-quality warehouse space, he said. Marshfield is near Interstate 95, the Baltimore Beltway and CSX rail lines.

The first building is a 263,000 square-foot warehouse suitable for one to four tenants. It is to be completed in October or November, at about the time the county is to finish construction of the extension of Kelso Drive from Rossville Boulevard. Once the first building is 50 percent leased, work on the project's second warehouse is scheduled to start, said Joseph Casey, chief executive officer of Casey & Associates.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, who has tied southeast revitalization plans to the financial stability of the county, cited Marshfield as an example of the success of his economic development office and the new enterprise zone.

Since the state approved the enterprise zone in January, several companies have announced plans to expand.

Last year, economic development officials began meeting with UPS, hoping to encourage development of the Marshfield parcel. UPS had bought the land from CSX Corp. with plans to create a regional distribution center, but decided it wasn't needed.

UPS decided to allow its property subsidiary to develop the land for other users for several reasons, including the site's location, incentives offered by county officials and the demand for warehouse space in the area, said Richard Hutchinson, manager of UPS Properties.

The county agreed to pay $1.3 million to extend Kelso Drive from Rossville Boulevard to the site and to include UPS' land in the county's new enterprise zone. The enterprise zone allows UPS to take advantage of property tax credits, leading to reduced rents for tenants, Hutchinson said.

Pub Date: 7/25/96

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