Business Notes

Center housing homeland security firms to expand

Chesapeake Innovation Center, business incubator focused on homeland security, is expanding its facilities at 175 Admiral Cochrane Drive in Annapolis.


Construction is under way to add 12,900 square feet, almost doubling the size of the technology incubator, to 24,260 square feet. The additional space will be available in March and will have room for 10 additional technology companies seeking to provide products and services to the homeland security marketplace. There will also be room for a 2,000-square-foot data center to service the data communications needs of the CIC client companies.

The CIC is a program of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. CIC partners include the National Security Agency, Nokia Innovent, ARINC, Piper Rudnick LLP, and Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP. The CIC houses eight client companies and is filled three months after its opening in October. Information:


Pier 1 Imports to lease space in Gambrills

Pier 1 Imports has signed a lease with Greenberg Commercial for 10,453 square feet at the Village of Waugh Chapel, bringing the 340,000-square-foot retail portion of the mixed-used project to full occupancy.

The Village at Waugh Chapel, which opened in 2000 at Route 3 and Waugh Chapel Road in Gambrills, combines commercial office space, senior living residential units, business and consumer services, restaurants and a 14-screen movie theater.

The site has 45 retailers - of which 14 are contained on pad-site locations - and 15 businesses, including the Anne Arundel Health System.