Companies sinking roots at Navy center Taylor site seen as draw for high-tech employers

July 08, 1998|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

Three companies with a total of 130 employees are ready to move to or expand their operations at the Navy's David Taylor Research Center in Annapolis.

County economic development officials say they hope it is the beginning of a wave of high-technology employers at the site.

The Navy announced several years ago that it would close the 45-acre campus near the mouth of the Severn River in June next year, sending many of the jobs to a research facility in Philadelphia to save money.

On Monday, the Anne Arundel County Council unanimously approved an agreement to lease buildings from the Navy and sublease the space to high-technology companies while the Navy does an environmental study and cleanup. County officials plan to eventually buy the property.

The lease rates will cover the $1.50 per square foot the county will pay Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. to manage the property and $4.25 per square foot to cover the Navy's maintenance and other costs

AAEDC will save money collected above that amount to pay for improvements, according to Richard J. Morgan, director of the nonprofit corporation.

Vector Research, already on site with 45 employees, plans to expand to two additional buildings and lease the facility's deep-ocean pressure tanks.

Jackson and Tull, an aerospace engineering firm based in Seabrook, Prince George's County, plans to have 70 employees in Annapolis within three years, and Maritime Applied Physics Corp. plans to move its 15 employees from Laurel to the site.

The center's main tenant and its primary contractor -- the Navy's Joint Spectrum Center and ITT Research Institute, respectively -- have announced their intention to stay, keeping more than 500 jobs on site.

Pub Date: 7/08/98

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