The prominent Bel Air law firm of Snee, Mahoney, Lutche & Helmlinger, P.A., has plans to move to a larger space a block farther south on Main Street.
The firm has contractors gutting the one-story office building at 112 and 114 South Main St., which it bought for $1.6 million in October, according to state property tax records.
The 9,365-square-foot building will be expanded by about 1,000 square feet in the rear, senior partner Joseph Snee said Monday.
The facade will be completely remodeled to resemble the facade of the nearby Harford County Courthouse, with natural brick and a wood door, Snee said.
"It's going to look dramatically different from Main Street," he said. "People wouldn't recognize it before and after."
The move means the firm will vacate its office at 11 South Main St., where it has been since April 1, 1989, Snee said.
The firm has been leasing that site and is looking forward to owning its own property, which comes with 30 parking spaces in the back, a rarity on Main Street, Snee said.
Snee hopes the work will be done around May 2015. The firm was approved Nov. 3 for an interior and exterior demolition permit from the Town of Bel Air, with the work valued at $43,000, according to the permit.
Snee, Mahoney, Lutche & Helmlinger has 17 employees, including eight lawyers, and could hire more after the move, Snee said.