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Fort Ritchie plan approved

April 02, 1997

The Washington County Commissioners formally approved the 20-year Fort Ritchie Redevelopment Plan Tuesday.

The plan calls for turning the fort into a technology center and conference facility that eventually could create 2,200 jobs and would generate $12 million a year in property taxes for Washington County.

The plan, a hybrid that melds two earlier proposals, calls for razing about 480,000 square feet of building space, converting some existing structures and constructing new facilities over 20 years.

The next step in the process is passing state legislation creating the PenMar Development Corp., which would own and market the base and whose board would be appointed by County Commissioners.

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The Army is scheduled to leave the base in 1998, but Local Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Robert Sweeney has said he wants to sign lease agreements with tenants for vacant Fort Ritchie buildings soon.

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