Fort Meade is business growth area Agencies leasing space

county to acquire airfield

October 16, 1998|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An article about business growth around Fort Meade in Friday's edition of The Sun in Anne Arundel County misquoted Neil Shpritz, executive director of the BWI Business Partnership, concerning the use of Tipton airfield at Fort Meade.

"I would look to see some corporate aircraft coming in here," he said. He was not referring to commercial aircraft.

The Sun regrets the error.

Government and military offices springing up at Fort Meade have local business leaders pegging the post as west county's business district of the future.

Fort Meade could blossom into an extension of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport business corridor, said Neil Shpritz, executive director of the BWI Business Partnership. The base has leased land and buildings to federal agencies, the military and intelligence services, adding high-tech and federal jobs.


"This is becoming a major industrial park and office park, and the airfield is going to be turned over to the county," Shpritz said before a breakfast meeting. at which Col. John D. Frketic, the garrison commander, discussed the future of the post.

"I would look to see some commercial aircraft coming in here. I think it's going to be a major business center," Shpritz said. The 66-acre Tipton Airfield on the military base is to be leased to the county early next year.

Frketic noted that despite the Base Realignment and Closure Acts that have whittled away at the size of the post, Fort Meade has gained more jobs and tenants.

"We are trying to move federal offices out of lease space and onto military bases around the country," Frketic said. "All I am is a landlord to a number of tenants."

Frketic acknowledged that the post has come under the scrutiny of the Environmental Protection Agency since being included on the Superfund National Priorities List in July. But he assured business leaders that the post has "made a concerted effort" to clean up hazardous sites.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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