Commerce center construction to begin

August 22, 1996|By Shanon D. Murray FTC | Shanon D. Murray FTC,SUN STAFF

Elkridge is seeing a development boom with the onset of construction today on the largest new warehouse and distribution center in the Baltimore area and the opening next week of the county's first public golf course.

The 844,000-square-foot industrial project, known as the Troy Hill Commerce Center, will take up 59 acres on U.S. 1 southeast of Interstate 95. The first of four buildings should be completed by December, said its developer, but no tenants have signed up to fill the space.

The $32 million project was intended to be speculative, and almost two dozen businesses have expressed interest in it, said Cole Schnorf, senior vice president of development for Manekin Corp., the Columbia-based developer.

"There's a real strong market for this type of space because it's in the Baltimore-Washington corridor," he said.

Gary Kaufmann -- vice president at Prudential Real Estate Investors, another investor in the project along with Copley Real Estate Advisors -- added: "We believe this will be the premier industrial park in the Baltimore area, from the perspective of quality and location."

The project eventually could create as many as 500 jobs, Schnorf said.

A groundbreaking for the first of the four buildings is scheduled today. The second building should be completed by March, finishing the project's first phase, Schnorf said.

Elsewhere in Elkridge, the county's first public golf course -- the 18-hole Timbers at Troy -- will open Aug. 30. A preview for the media is set for this morning.

The $7.5 million course -- on 206 acres on Marshalee Lane north of the I-95 and Route 100 interchange -- is expected to draw 55 percent of its patrons from the county and the rest from outside of the county, said Todd Arterburn, chief executive of Rainmaker Golf Development Inc., the course's developer.

The course's $33 weekday fee and $37 weekend fee will be discounted for county residents to $23 and $28, he said. Senior and junior rates for all patrons also are available.

Pub Date: 8/22/96

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