Tiger Development eyes more growth

April 18, 1998|By STEVEN T. DENNIS

The 800,000-square foot TruServ warehouse planned next to the Staples Distribution Center off of Hopewell Road could soon be followed by other warehouses in the area.

Reading, Pa.-based Tiger Development Inc. partners have plans to develop up to 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space in the first phase of the 800-acre Hunters Green Business Park.

The TruServ warehouse alone represents about half that figure, with a potential expansion to 1.2 million square feet.

Tiger is competing with sites in other states for two other warehouses which would total 700,000 square feet, Tiger principals Jeffery Camp and John Herman said this week.

Tiger is also talking to a national manufacturing company about locating at the 125-acre Crossroads Corporate Center, which is located between Hopewell Road and Interstate 81 north of Halfway Boulevard.


The company purchased or acquired options in January on the Hunters Green and the Crossroads properties, both of which are in the Hopewell Valley area slated for commercial and industrial growth north of the Interstate 81/Interstate 70 interchange.

The County Commissioners have targeted Hopewell Valley to provide jobs and sewer customers to use the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Tiger is working on a master plan for the area, Camp and Herman said.

Camp said the company targets areas destined for growth because of their road systems and quality of life.

Herman said Tiger sees a variety of uses for their land, including manufacturing and office space.

"We see a very diverse market here," he said.

But Herman and Camp said the development will be driven by what customers want.

The $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant that would be spent on bringing TruServ to the county was very important to landing a national client, Camp said.

"It's very important for these national tenants to have a positive political environment," Camp said.

"Maryland has to compete with other states," he said.

The TruServ location lends itself to warehousing, Herman said. Not only does the site have easy access to two interstates, it also has a large flat space suitable for a warehouse.

The two praised the cooperation they received from county officials.

"The local officials in the county are very progressive and want development," Camp said.

In addition to mammoth buildings for national companies, smaller warehouses are planned to accommodate local businesses.

D.M. Bowman Inc. of Williamsport has also started construction on a 360,000-square-foot warehouse for Hechinger Co. at Newgate Industrial Park, also on Hopewell Road.

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