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December 21, 2008
Penn State Mont Alto MONT ALTO, Pa. - Penn State Mont Alto held its second annual Continuing Education Day for Occupational Therapy Practitioners on Nov. 8. Seventy clinicians and students participated, earning six contact hours required for continuing certification and/or licensure. Practitioners from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia attended the event. Workshops included "Low Vision Therapy for Older Adults" by Joyce McCormick, "Certified Low Vision Therapist, Overview: Evidence-Based Practice" by Dr. Angela Hissong and "Understanding the Scope & Power of Sensori-Motor Skills" by Tara Summers.
NEWS
February 20, 2009
CASCADE -- Two firms have recently located to Fort Ritchie at Cascade. Aspen Grove Inc., an independent real estate owned and property management solution provider, is leasing 855 square feet in Building 607 of the former U.S. Army base. The company will employ three people, according to a prepared release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission. The second company is DJR Associates Inc., a Department of Navy and Missile Defense Agency engineering services firm.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | April 18, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- There were no paper agendas Thursday at the spring meeting of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), where the topic was environmentally friendly buildings. Instead, the schedule for the meeting at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown was displayed on a screen for attendees to view. "We probably saved a few hundred trees just there," said Timothy R. Troxell, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and president of MEDA, a statewide nonprofit organization of economic development professionals.
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by TARA REILLY | May 11, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com A Columbia, Md., company that develops and manages suburban office properties is interested in redeveloping the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base, the company's executive vice president said Monday. But Roger Waesche, executive vice president of Corporate Office Properties Trust, declined to discuss details of the company's talks with PenMar Development Corp. Inc. "At this point we're just in general discussions with them," Waesche said. "There's other people who have interest, too. " Waesche said he'd rather PenMar deal with questions about COPT's interest in the former base.
NEWS
July 29, 2004
The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday revealed that the former Fort Ritchie Army base will be sold for $9 million, $5 million of which could be rebated if the buyer doesn't create 1,400 jobs in a certain amount of time. That buyer, the Columbia, Md.-based Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), must also spend at least $7.5 million improving roads, sewer system and other amenities there. Is this a good deal? At this point, it's tough to tell, for a couple of reasons.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2012
The new owners of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base squashed a few rumors Tuesday and fielded questions from some of the 200 people who rent duplexes and town houses on the base. More than 60 people, most of them base residents, packed the community center on the base to listen as Doris J. Nipps, PenMar Devlopment Corp.'s executive director, assured them that there is no danger of being evicted. Several attendees said rumors in the community were rampant, with the biggest being that PenMar is closing housing on the base.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | December 15, 2005
HALFWAY tarar@herald-mail.com In 15 years, the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade might resemble a small, bustling community. With about 4,500 jobs, 673 occupied housing units and a museum and community center planned for the site by then, Randall M. Griffin, CEO and president of the real estate investment trust developing the base, said the fort would be an "American dream. " "In Cascade, a lot of young people have said to us ... (they) would love to stay in the community, find a job and live there," Griffin said.
OPINION
April 30, 2012
Poor Fort Ritchie. Lawsuits, bombs, Agent Orange. It's become the most depressing piece of real estate this side of Camden Yards. (Quick diversion: In the “I Might Owe the Baltimore Orioles an Apology” category, I choose to take the offensive. They have been winning ever since I wrote they are a bunch of worthless, sniveling coyotes. So, for a small retainer, I might be persuaded to keep writing these Orioles death-watch pieces if it spells their continued success. But I will withhold judgment until after their upcoming three-game rematch with the Yankees.)
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2012
The new owners of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base squashed a few rumors Tuesday and fielded questions from some of the 200 people who rent duplexes and town houses on the base. More than 60 people, most of them base residents, packed the community center on the base to listen as Doris J. Nipps, PenMar Devlopment Corp.'s executive director, assured them that there is no danger of being evicted. Several attendees said rumors in the community were rampant, with the biggest being that PenMar is closing housing on the base.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 27, 2012
An environmental attorney for the U.S. Army said Friday the Army will not conduct an environmental survey of the former Fort Ritchie Army base at Cascade because the property has been transferred back to PenMar Development Corp. Such studies can be expensive and the Army didn't start the study because Army officials knew PenMar and the property's former owner, Corporate Office Properties Trust, were in negotiations, said David Howlett, an environmental lawyer for the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency's environmental law division at Fort Belvoir, Va. While Army officials didn't know the details of the negotiations, officials with Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2012
Corporate Office Properties Trust returned ownership of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base to PenMar Development Corp. on Tuesday, according to Dori Nipps, PenMar's executive director. Columbia, Md.-based Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) paid PenMar $2 million of the $4 million owed on the property and, with PenMar receiving the deed to the property, PenMar forgave the remaining $2 million, Nipps said. Nipps said PenMar officials believe the move will lead to the dismissal of a 2005 lawsuit that has held up major development of the property.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2012
River Riders HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - River Riders is now offering “Adventure Park at Harpers Ferry.” The adventure park incorporates ziplines, challenging elements appropriate for kids and adults, and the opportunity to connect with nature while having fun. It consists of five elevated trail challenge courses on four wooded acres above River Riders' main base. The courses are rated from green to black, with green being the easiest and black being the most difficult.
OPINION
April 30, 2012
Poor Fort Ritchie. Lawsuits, bombs, Agent Orange. It's become the most depressing piece of real estate this side of Camden Yards. (Quick diversion: In the “I Might Owe the Baltimore Orioles an Apology” category, I choose to take the offensive. They have been winning ever since I wrote they are a bunch of worthless, sniveling coyotes. So, for a small retainer, I might be persuaded to keep writing these Orioles death-watch pieces if it spells their continued success. But I will withhold judgment until after their upcoming three-game rematch with the Yankees.)
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 25, 2012
PenMar Development Corp. and Corporate Office Properties Trust officials have been discussing the possibility of transferring the former Fort Ritchie Army base back to PenMar, according to Washington County Commissioner John Barr. “The economy and the ongoing pending lawsuits that have literally stopped everything at the former Fort Ritchie base has just made it very difficult to get anything accomplished up there,” Barr said. Barr said he was aware there had been conversations and correspondence between Columbia, Md.-based Corporate Office Properties Trust, or COPT, and PenMar's board regarding their options with the land, but that he didn't know the current status of the situation.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2011
The real estate market might remain in the doldrums for a few more years, new development has been stopped by a lawsuit and the work force has been reduced, but an official with Corporate Office Properties Trust said Monday his company is in for the long run at Fort Ritchie. “It's a property we've bought and a property we have a long-term vision to develop,” COPT Senior Vice President for Government Services Charles J. Fiala Jr. said after PenMar Development Corp.'s monthly meeting in the Fort Ritchie Community Center.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 9, 2011
The developer of Fort Ritchie will lay off six employees and stop contributing financially to the former Army post's community center at the end of the year, company officials said Thursday. With litigation still pending concerning the environmental impact of development plans for the site, Corporate Office Properties Trust officials have decided to cut more than half of its local workforce there, spokeswoman Stephanie Krewson said. The Army base in Washington County was closed in 1998 and has been transferred to the Columbia, Md.-based company, which plans a development that includes 1.7 million square feet of office space and 673 homes and apartments.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2011
The company redeveloping the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base has notified its investors that it does not expect to recover its $28 million investment in the property and has written down the value to zero. Corporate Office Properties Trust made that decision based on a re-evaluation of the property's development prospects following the Army's February disclosure that tactical herbicides, including Agent Orange, had been tested at Fort Ritchie, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing and a statement issued by the company.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 20, 2011
Agent Orange was among the herbicides studied at the former Fort Ritchie Army base in 1963, according to U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs documents found online. The owner of the former Army base property in northeast Washington County, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), found out last week that “testing and the use of tactical defoliants/herbicides” were conducted at Fort Ritchie and issued a news release Friday noting that the trust now expects further delays in litigation relating to a 2005 lawsuit.
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