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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporter | March 7, 2008
Four divisions of Omnicare Inc., including the Mid-Atlantic regional headquarters for NeighborCare Professional Pharmacies, will move this summer from Federal Hill to the Montgomery Park office in Southwest Baltimore, bringing 100 employees to the redeveloped catalog building. Kentucky-based Omnicare, which provides pharmaceutical care for the elderly through long-term care facilities, has agreed to lease 20,000 square feet on a single floor, the company said yesterday. With the addition of Omnicare, the 1.3-million-square-foot Montgomery Park will be nearly one-third occupied, said the building's developer Sam Himmelrich, president of Himmelrich & Associates Inc. The complex is a former Montgomery Ward catalog building.
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Tim Wheeler | April 22, 2013
Talk about leading by example -- the Maryland Department of the Environment announced Monday that it would begin collecting food scraps at its Baltimore headquarters for composting. The Earth Day announcement comes on the heels of Howard County launching its own food-scrap processing facility, which I covered here for The Baltimore Sun. MDE will give its 900-plus employees the option to compost their uneaten food at the agency's main offices in Montgomery Park. Officials there say they hope in the effort's inaugural year to divert more than 6 tons of waste that might otherwise have gone to an incinerator or landfill.
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By JUNE ARNEY and JUNE ARNEY,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2006
Chubb Corp., a New Jersey property and casualty insurance provider, will house its new processing center in the redeveloped Montgomery Park, bringing about 250 workers to the massive office building on the southwest fringe of Baltimore. The insurer signed a 10-year lease for 45,000 square feet of office space in the former Montgomery Ward catalog warehouse beginning Sept. 1. The announcement was made yesterday at a breakfast held by the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. "Baltimore offers us a central location, with a competitive operating cost environment, as well as an excellent talent pool," said Mark Schussel, a Chubb spokesman.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2011
The Chubb Corp. plans to close a Baltimore commercial insurance processing center in the fall, eliminating 90 jobs. State regulators said Monday that the insurance company warned that the shutdown would come Oct. 31. When the company prepared to open the facility in Montgomery Park in 2006, officials said it would be twice the size of Chubb's other processing centers and employ more than 200. "It did not turn out to be economically viable," said...
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2003
Imagine a city office building that sits between a park and a golf course, has onsite day care, a food court, health club, free parking and is close to Interstate 95. It would take amenities like that, developer Samuel K. Himmelrich Jr. figured, to lure tenants to a mammoth converted department store building on Baltimore's southwest fringe. So far, his $100 million gamble seems to be paying off. Since opening in September, Montgomery Park has become home to the Maryland Department of the Environment; the Maryland State Lottery; NCO Group, among the world's largest collection agencies; and Health First, a healthcare management and information services companies.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2001
Developers of Montgomery Park, where an old department store/catalog center is being turned into the city's largest office building, got an official check-off from the Maryland Department of the Environment and have launched into reconstruction of the building. The 26-acre site in Southwest Baltimore was entered into the state environmental agency's Voluntary Cleanup Program and need not undergo more testing or remediation of hazardous waste, according to a recent ruling. The program, created in 1997 as part of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's smart-growth initiative, is designed to attract developers to old buildings that are or are perceived to be contaminated.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2002
The Maryland State Lottery will become the second tenant in the former Montgomery Ward building in southwest Baltimore, following another state agency to the hulking old warehouse building slated to become Baltimore's biggest office complex. The Lottery will use 72,271 square feet, far less than the 262,300 square feet already leased by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Developer David F. Tufaro and partner Samuel K. Himmelrich Jr. plan to have space ready by June for the larger tenant - slightly behind the original schedule - and by November for the Lottery agency.
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September 22, 2001
WHO KNOWS where the economy is headed. Nevertheless, local developers are working hard to convert a long-abandoned 28-acre warehouse site into Baltimore's biggest office park. A few weeks ago, the $75 million project got even bigger and more ambitious. A partnership headed by Samuel K. Himmelrich Jr. and David F. Tufaro doubled the land area. They acquired 30 more acres near the intersection of Monroe Street and Washington Boulevard, parcels containing decrepit warehouses and padlocked restaurants.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | September 9, 2001
Plans for turning the hulking Montgomery Ward building in Southwest Baltimore into new office space have mushroomed to surrounding properties, raising hopes that the huge project will rejuvenate a depressed area of town. After initially announcing their plans for the 28-acre Ward site, Sam Himmelrich Jr. and David F. Tufaro quietly acquired by lease or purchase about 30 more acres, some with buildings. Now, in addition to turning the former catalog house into the largest office space in Baltimore, the developers might add restaurants, a big store such as a Target or Home Depot, and an extended-stay hotel.
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By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 12, 2003
After the Inner Harbor's renaissance and the revitalization of its surrounding neighborhoods, it comes as no surprise that the southwest area of town is ready and hoping for a major turnaround. Here lies one of the oldest and most historic sections of town; an area often referred to by some neighborhood residents as "too centrally located to be ignored." Its Pigtown neighborhood was renamed Washington Village during the late 1970s. The neighborhood is south of Pratt Street, enclosed by Martin Luther King Boulevard to the east, Carey Street to the west, and just north of Wicomico Street.
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October 25, 2008
Corporate service center for XLHealth to open XLHealth, owner of a Medicare health plan for people with chronic conditions, will create a corporate service center in Montgomery Park Business Center in Southwest Baltimore, the company said yesterday. It will employ more than 150 workers. The company owns Care Improvement Plus and is based in the Warehouse at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore. The service center will house eight departments that provide service to members and health provides, including call centers.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporter | March 7, 2008
Four divisions of Omnicare Inc., including the Mid-Atlantic regional headquarters for NeighborCare Professional Pharmacies, will move this summer from Federal Hill to the Montgomery Park office in Southwest Baltimore, bringing 100 employees to the redeveloped catalog building. Kentucky-based Omnicare, which provides pharmaceutical care for the elderly through long-term care facilities, has agreed to lease 20,000 square feet on a single floor, the company said yesterday. With the addition of Omnicare, the 1.3-million-square-foot Montgomery Park will be nearly one-third occupied, said the building's developer Sam Himmelrich, president of Himmelrich & Associates Inc. The complex is a former Montgomery Ward catalog building.
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By JUNE ARNEY and JUNE ARNEY,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2006
Chubb Corp., a New Jersey property and casualty insurance provider, will house its new processing center in the redeveloped Montgomery Park, bringing about 250 workers to the massive office building on the southwest fringe of Baltimore. The insurer signed a 10-year lease for 45,000 square feet of office space in the former Montgomery Ward catalog warehouse beginning Sept. 1. The announcement was made yesterday at a breakfast held by the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. "Baltimore offers us a central location, with a competitive operating cost environment, as well as an excellent talent pool," said Mark Schussel, a Chubb spokesman.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2004
Buffalo, N.Y.-based M&T Bank Corp. has renewed one lease and signed another for offices in Baltimore, definitively declaring its presence in the city whose football stadium bears its name. M&T extended its lease at 25 S. Charles St. for 12 years, keeping its Mid-Atlantic headquarters downtown. It has 587 employees there, filling 10 of the 22-story building's dozen office floors. It also decided to shift about 460 employees working on the west side in a building at Paca and Pratt streets to Montgomery Park in Southwest Baltimore next year.
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By DAN RODRICKS | September 10, 2003
THE MAYOR of Baltimore finished his acceptance speech last night while sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV at Franklin and Cathedral, by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, with a cell phone against his ear. There wasn't much of a primary election - four quick years since the last one O'Malley won - so there was time, two hours before the sleepy precincts closed, for O'Malley to tinker with the words he'd speak at the victory party at Montgomery Park....
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July 22, 2003
Redevelopment brings Pigtown reason to cheer Despite residents' misgivings about the economic impact of Montgomery Park, there is reason to celebrate ("Montgomery Park at 40%," July 15). The remarkable $100 million conversion of the former department store and warehouse building into office space has been stimulating residential and commercial activity in Pigtown. Data demonstrate that over the past two years, the neighborhood's population has stabilized, median household income has increased 5.5 percent and the neighborhood's unemployment rate has decreased by 6 percent.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2004
Buffalo, N.Y.-based M&T Bank Corp. has renewed one lease and signed another for offices in Baltimore, definitively declaring its presence in the city whose football stadium bears its name. M&T extended its lease at 25 S. Charles St. for 12 years, keeping its Mid-Atlantic headquarters downtown. It has 587 employees there, filling 10 of the 22-story building's dozen office floors. It also decided to shift about 460 employees working on the west side in a building at Paca and Pratt streets to Montgomery Park in Southwest Baltimore next year.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2002
NCO Group Inc., one of the world's largest bill collectors, plans to open an office in the city early next year and bring up to 600 jobs to Baltimore - one of the biggest influx of workers to the city in recent years. Fort Washington, Pa.-based NCO was expected to announce today that it will consolidate four of its Maryland call centers in Montgomery Park, a once commercially overlooked site in Southwest Baltimore. The workers will park for free and have access to a food court, gym and other amenities built into the extensive redevelopment project supported with public dollars.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2003
Imagine a city office building that sits between a park and a golf course, has onsite day care, a food court, health club, free parking and is close to Interstate 95. It would take amenities like that, developer Samuel K. Himmelrich Jr. figured, to lure tenants to a mammoth converted department store building on Baltimore's southwest fringe. So far, his $100 million gamble seems to be paying off. Since opening in September, Montgomery Park has become home to the Maryland Department of the Environment; the Maryland State Lottery; NCO Group, among the world's largest collection agencies; and Health First, a healthcare management and information services companies.
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