Harford leases more space for sheriff, takes on new tenant at Forest Hill pool

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is getting additional space in a building across the street from its headquarters in Bel Air to store records and for its child support enforcement arm.

The lease for the additional space was approved by the Harford County Board of Estimates at its meeting Thursday morning.

Another lease approved by the board involves the swimming facility the county owns in Forest Hill which it bought for $2.36 million in 2007 and then immediately leased back to the former owner. The building is 28,455 square feet and sits on 4.25 acres, according to property tax records.

The sheriff's office will lease 6,800 square feet of the lower level of a building at 101 S. Main St. for quartermaster records and staff and child support enforcement. The three-story brick building is across Courtland Street from the sheriff's headquarters at 45 S. Main.

The lease with Grindon Lane Inc. and CAPSA Inc, of Baltimore, is for one year at $86,496, plus electric, with four additional one-year options.

Pool lease

The second lease approved by the board of estimates is with Aqua Culture Training Center and Swim School for the pool facility at the Forest Hill/Hickory Activities Center in the 2200 block of Commerce Road in the Forest Hill Industrial Airpark.

The lease is for $30,000, plus a pro-rated share of utilities, taxes and maintenance, for one year, with four additional one-year options.

Kids First Swim Schools had used the facility for several years, but the tenant decided not to continue the lease, Paul Magness, with the department of parks and recreation, told the estimates board.

Kids First sold the complex to the county in 2007-08 and then rented the swimming facility for $71,000 a year for five years, with two five-year renewal options, according to archived Aegis news stories about the transaction.

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