Jessup firm buys training center EnviroServe hoping to close on Laborers facility next month

February 02, 1997|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

An environmental contractor has purchased the Laborers Training Center, a vocational facility once eyed by a Baltimore County explosives company, outside Sykesville.

EnviroServe Inc., a 7-year-old Jessup company, plans to settle on the 13-acre site next month and hopes to relocate by May 1.

The center, a training school for construction workers, is at Raincliffe and Buttercup roads, east of Route 32 and six miles north of Interstate 70.

"We want to expand and move to a larger facility," said David Whisenant, EnviroServe general manager. "We are purchasing the site and looking forward to making Sykesville our home."

The company serves the East Coast, providing remediation work such as asbestos abatement and lead-paint removal.

The move from an industrial strip along U.S. 1 (Washington Boulevard), a heavily traveled route between Baltimore and Washington, will make life quieter for the company's 50 employees, Whisenant said.

Instead of truck traffic, the view will be of Freedom Park and occasional deer.

The asking price of the building and land was $400,000. EnviroServe declined to discuss the sale price.

"Carroll County is still a place where you can get a good buy," Whisenant said.

The county Board of Zoning Appeals approved EnviroServe's conditional-use application for an office and warehouse on the industrial-zoned property Wednesday.

The 14-year-old training center will give the company about 3,000 square feet of additional space and a lot that is big enough to allow the firm to grow, although no new buildings are planned.

EnviroServe will renovate the one-story building and extend a loading dock on the side of the 10,000-square-foot structure.

The training center, which instructs about 150 students annually in construction trades, will move into the former Lincoln Technical Institute on Wilkens Avenue in Baltimore.

"We would have loved to stay, but transportation has become such a problem for our students," said Lou DeGraff, training director. "We had to move closer to where they live."

The center, which is funded by area contractors, had been on the market for about a year.

In July, Explosive Experts, an explosives contractor, made an offer on the property in the hopes of moving its storage and distribution center from Baltimore County.

Town officials and neighboring landowners opposed the move, and zoning regulations ultimately scuttled it.

Just across Buttercup Road from the center is the Central Laundry Facility, a minimum-security state prison that houses about 500 inmates.

The county's chief of zoning enforcement said the company could not store explosives so close to the prison.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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