$2.3 million in grants sought for Warfield Complex project

Funds would be used for renovations, repairs

January 19, 2003|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Sykesville officials are seeking $2.3 million in grants to renovate one building and refurbish the exteriors of three others in the planned Warfield Complex business center.

The town is negotiating with the county for $1 million of the money and is hoping to secure the remainder from the state.

"We are trying to coordinate financing looking at all possible options," said Paige Sunderland, Carroll's business development manager. "Nothing has been committed as yet."

The grant money would be used to renovate an 11,000-square-foot building that could be used as a sales model for the business park and for new windows, doors and repairs to the brick on the other three buildings. The buildings are clustered on the Warfield campus.

"It is important to get one spec building done, and we hope to get that rolling in the next few months," said Sykesville Mayor Jonathan Herman.

Herman gave the new board of commissioners an overview of the project Friday and led them on a tour of the nearly 100-acre property along Route 32.

"This is a project that can help everybody," Herman said. "Carroll County needs an upscale business park like this one will be. Our partnership with the county is the bedrock of this effort."

Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. said in his State of the County address last week that Carroll is committed to the project and sees it as a boon to economic development for the area.

The town hopes to restore a dozen century-old buildings at Warfield and then lease them. When complete, the Warfield Complex could bring more than 1,000 jobs to the area. It also is to include several new office buildings, a hotel and conference center, a park and walking trails.

The town has secured several grants for the project, including $2.7 million for a new intersection at Route 32 at the entrance to Warfield.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

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