$15.9 million expansion of U.S. Coast Guard operations to add 150 jobs

Move to a new facility in Jefferson County will soon begin to reduce center's overall operating costs

June 13, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A $15.9 million expansion of U.S. Coast Guard operations in the Eastern Panhandle announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller will add 150 new information technology jobs, according to the senator’s office.

The expansion of the Coast Guard Operations System Center’s activities to a new facility in Jefferson County will soon begin to reduce the center’s overall operating costs, the announcement said.

“Jefferson County is going to get a long-awaited economic boost, and this expansion will make sure the center can continue providing top-notch support for the Coast Guard,” said Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

John Reisenweber, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority, said Thursday that the agency has been working on the project since last summer.


The Coast Guard operations are to be housed in a yet-to-be built facility on Burr Business Park property that the development authority is selling to ARC-FD JV LLC, Reisenweber said.

Washington, D.C.-based ARC-FD JV LLC, was organized by Noah Mehrkam in 2011, according to state records.

Expected to be completed next fall, the addition of 40,000 square feet of space for the Coast Guard will relieve overcrowding, Rockefeller’s office said.

The Coast Guard Operations System Center’s primary facility in the Eastern Panhandle is at 408 Coast Guard Drive east of Martinsburg in Berkeley County, but also has other annexes in the Martinsburg/Kearneysville area. 

The development team “submitted an excellent bid with a fantastic design,” said Reisenweber, who also praised the support of the Jefferson County Commission.

“They’ve been very supportive of economic development since I’ve been in this role,” said Reisenweber, who replaced Tom Bayuzik in February 2012 as the development authority’s executive director.

Reisenweber said the new development will be “a big boost for Burr Business Park and reinforces the fact that Jefferson County is a great place to do business.”

With the additional space, the Coast Guard can consolidate a number of IT systems and add 150 new IT personnel in the next few years, according to Rockefeller’s office.

Officials were not immediately available Thursday to clarify whether the jobs were civilian or uniformed positions. 

Rockefeller sent letters to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in July 2010 urging them to expedite the approval of this project, his office said.

Since the expansion was approved, Rockefeller’s office has convened numerous meetings with the Coast Guard and General Services Administration and visited the Kearneysville center for regular updates on the status of the project.

Rockefeller chairs the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Coast Guard.

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