The former mayor of Sykesville has become the latest tenant to sign on for a building in the Warfield Cultural and Commerce Center.
Carroll's Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday announced that Jonathan Herman, former Sykesville mayor, has signed a lease for the "G" building at the Warfield complex.
The Warfield Complex is a joint effort between the Town of Sykesville, Carroll County and the State of Maryland to develop a corporate employment campus. It is owned by the town and managed by the Warfield Development Corporation (WDC), a private/public board of volunteers.
Warfield includes 12 historic buildings and five open parcels along Route 32, and was formerly part of the Springfield Hospital Center.
Herman was mayor of Sykesville when the town took control of Warfield from Maryland, as state officials released some of the Springfield land and surplus buildings, and was active in leading town meetings to help determine what to do with the hospital tract.
There are currently two tenants located at Warfield, Nexion Healthcare and Carroll County Dance.
Herman's lease agreement marks the first new tenant at Warfield in more than five years, though just a few weeks ago, Stavrou Associates, an Annapolis development firm, signed a letter of intent with the Warfield Development Corp. to retrofit four Warfield buildings — with about 46,000 square feet in all — for senior housing.
Recently the commissioners provided the Warfield Development Corporation with a $10,000 grant for legal work and a loan for $150,000 for infrastructure improvements.
"This is a critical economic development project for our district and our county," said Commissioner Doug Howard, who represents Sykesville and Eldersburg in the 5th District. "It represents the type of good economic growth, high paying jobs and commercial tax base that will move Carroll County in the right direction.
"It also comes at a very good time," Howard said, "as the unprecedented growth at Fort Meade for BRAC, cybersecurity, defense media and defense information represents opportunities for new, existing and relocating businesses in Carroll County."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun