Council mulls AlliedSignal building purchase Ecker wants edifice for offices and storage

September 03, 1997|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Council, which returned from its August recess with a 13-minute meeting last night, soon will decide if the county should purchase the AlliedSignal building in Columbia.

But the issue was not discussed at last night's brief meeting, which was largely a formality.

The cable television cameras rolled and three council members listened as Council Administrator Chris Emery read the agenda for the coming month of meetings, which mentioned the proposed AlliedSignal purchase.

County Executive Charles I. Ecker has proposed purchasing the AlliedSignal Technical Services Corp. building on Bendix Road for $7.5 million.

Ecker says the company, which employs 900 workers in Howard, will stay in Columbia if the county buys its aging headquarters building. Otherwise, AlliedSignal might move to a county closer to Washington.

The 200,000-square-foot building would be used for office and warehouse space if the county buys it, Ecker says.

Councilman Darrel E. Drown, an Ellicott City Republican whose district includes the AlliedSignal building, has expressed reservations about the plan. But the council typically supports Ecker's economic development initiatives.

On another issue, Ecker and Drown are teaming up to drive the Pack Shack, an adult video and book store on U.S. 40, out of town. They have proposed a zoning change that would limit such businesses to industrial and commercial areas far from residential communities.

But that issue must first go before the county's Planning Board on Sept. 10.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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