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Government leasing warehouse space

February 04, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The federal government has signed a $28 million lease to use about 400,000 square feet of warehouse space at Hunters Green Business Center in Halfway.

The U.S. Department of State will use the space as a storage area for employees with overseas assignments, said Robin Ferree, deputy director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

Ferree said the Department of State has been leasing space at Top Flight Air Park at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The move will "free up good airport hangar space," he said.

Gina Blyther Gilliam, a spokeswoman for the U.S. General Services Administration, a real estate arm of the government, said in an e-mail that she couldn't comment on the agency moving to Hunters Green Business Center.

She said the $28.4 million contract, which was awarded Dec. 9 is for 10 years.

Liberty Property Limited Partnership of Malvern, Pa., owns the building at 11841 Newgate Blvd., near Hopewell Road.

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The building is about 554,000 square feet.

Kellogg Co. is leasing about 215,000 square feet as a warehouse distribution center for its snacks division.

To accommodate 400,140 square feet for the federal government, Liberty Property Limited Partnership will have to add about 60,000 square feet to the building, Ferree said.

A message left for a Liberty Property Limited Partnership representative Wednesday was not returned.

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