Harford approves leases for county agencies in Bel Air

The Harford County Board of Estimates recently approved several leases for properties in Bel Air used by county agencies, including the Health Department and the Department of Public Works.

The transactions were approved during the board's last meeting held Oct. 11 in Bel Air.

The lease for 16 N. Main Street, the second floor where the DPW capital projects division is located, was renewed for $137,900 per year. The lease is for one year with four one-year renewal options. The landlord is listed as MSW Properties LLC.

The same building houses the offices of the Liquor Control Board on the first floor. The latter space is leased separately by the liquor board.

The lease at 120 Hays Street, Suite 200, was renewed for the Harford County Health Department for $157,136.52, plus utilities and taxes, for one year with four automatic renewals. The suite houses the department's environmental health agency. The building is owned by Lambdin Development Company.

The Community Work Service program renewed its lease at 10-12 N. Main Street for $15,014.28 per year for one year with four one-year options to renew. The building is likewise owned by MSW Properties LLC.

In addition, two memorandums of understanding were approved at the Oct. 11 estimates board meeting.

Dark Horse Saloon will use a portion of the county-owned parking lot at 121 S. Main St. in Bel Air for an oyster feast Nov. 3.

In another memorandum, LASOS Inc. will lease a portion of 29 W. Courtland St. for $1 to hold a one-day food drive on Oct. 19.

The three leases approved last week are among the many the Harford County government has in private buildings scattered throughout downtown Bel Air.

Many county officials, including County Executive David Craig, have been hopeful of consolidating all agencies in county-owned buildings, primarily through the construction of a new central office building, believing it will save money in the long run.

The project, planned for the 121 S. Main property, hasn't gotten off the ground yet, however, because of the multimillion cost involved.

Aegis staff member Allan Vought contributed to this article.

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