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Air Business Park enters 2nd phase HD: Design business, farm bank buy lots


Phase II of the Air Business Park has started moving, with the purchase of two lots and contracts on two more of the 15 lots next to the Carroll County Airport.

Lots have been purchased by Central Maryland Farm Credit, based in Frederick County, and by Design Enterprises, now in the Cranberry Industrial Park.

Central Maryland Farm Credit, a federally chartered agricultural lender, is moving its administrative offices from Frederick to Carroll, along with the branch office on Littlestown Pike. The Frederick branch office will remain on East Street, said Donald Hering, senior vice president.

"We outgrew our administrative offices in Frederick, so rather than adding on to an existing building, we decided it would be cheaper to move everything to a new facility," he said. "And Carroll County was more centrally located for our six branch offices between Cecil and Washington counties."

The firm got its approvals and settled in February. It had hoped to break ground in early spring, but delays have held up construction. Mr. Hering said Central Maryland Farm Credit plans to build a two-story brick colonial encompassing about 9,500 square feet, though architectural plans and costs haven't been firmed up yet.

Construction should be completed around the end of this year or shortly thereafter.

Design Enterprises, a machine shop that has been in Carroll County 10 years, also has outgrown its facility of less than 5,000 square feet, said John Shriver Jr., human resources manager.

The shop manufactures and fabricates machinery and has been so busy recently that the owners have not had the opportunity to make specific plans for their new building.

Mr. Shriver said preliminary plans call for a new building around 12,000 square feet, but no timetable has been set on construction.

Walter L. Patton, of Kayne/Levin/Neilson/Bavar Realtors of Baltimore, which owns the 45-acre property, said all lots in the project are ready for construction and prices have been reduced to help move the lots faster.

"The developer has put in all the roads to serve the lots and all utilities, so all the buyer has to do is get his permits and start building," Mr. Patton said. "That saves buyers time and money.

"These lots have been available for the last three years, and all this has happened in the last three or four months," he said. "This is the final phase of the county project."

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