Merritt buys land to build BRAC-related office park

Developer plans to complete first of three office buildings next summer

September 01, 2010|By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun

Office developer Merritt Properties has purchased land in Aberdeen, where it will start building a business park to meet growing demand from government contractors seeking space near Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Merritt said Wednesday it plans to build three office buildings totaling more than 250,000 square feet, some small shops and an on-site fitness center on nearly 36 acres on McHenry Road in Harford County. The site, on the south side of Route 22, sits less than two miles from the army base, which is adding jobs and missions because of federal base realignment. The developer did not disclose the land acquisition price.

The first office building at Aberdeen Corporate Park is slated to be completed next summer and so far has no signed tenants, Merritt said.

"The expansion of the Army programs centered on communications, testing, evaluation, research, development and cybersecurity will require additional contractor support, and this project will be an outstanding addition to the Aberdeen and Harford County office market," said James Richardson, Harford County's director of economic development.

Merritt Properties, the largest owner and manager of privately held commercial real estate in the Baltimore-Washington region, owns and manages about 16 million square feet of office space in more than 70 locations.

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