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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.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 2, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Doris J. Nipps, a former Washington County commissioner and school board member, is the new executive director of PenMar Development Corp. Nipps replaces Rich Rook, who resigned effective Jan. 16 to work for Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting company. The state created PenMar Development Corp. to oversee the redevelopment of the Fort Ritchie Army base, which shut down in 1998. Nipps said the corporation is making sure Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)
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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.
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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 | 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.
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BY TARA REILLY | December 14, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com CASCADE - The Columbia, Md., developer that has agreed to buy the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base is considering establishing on the property a museum that would focus on the fort's history. Such a museum or "interpretive exhibit" is a requirement of a 1997 agreement that deals with the historic preservation of the base. Dwight S. Taylor, president of Corporate Development Services, a division of Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), said Monday by phone that the museum would be located near the entrance of the base or along the main road at the fort, so that it would be easily accessible to the public.
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by TARA REILLY | September 28, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com CASCADE - The former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base would be a place where Cascade-area residents could picnic, play sports and hold town meetings. It also would be a magnet for major companies that would create high-paying jobs for possibly thousands of people, with some of those employees living on the property. That's some of what the Columbia, Md.,-based developer, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) envision for the 638-acre base over the next 10 to 15 years.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | September 22, 2004
"Communities need a heart. Fort Ritchie, when it's all said and done, will be that. " So said Randall Griffin, president and CEO of Corporate Office Properties Trust, the Columbia, Md.-based real estate investment trust that hopes to turn the old Army base into a new mountaintop community. Griffin, who visited The Herald-Mail on Monday, was pleasant, but not shy about what he believes COPT will do with the Cascade property. Eventually, he said, his firm will be one of the county's top three taxpayers.
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by TIM ROWLAND | August 1, 2004
After seven years of unsuccessful signal calling, the PenMar Development Corp. team finally discovered something in the playbook that worked: Punt. When the offense can't do the job, pin your opponent back inside his 20 then wash your hands of it and walk away. PenMar did this when it decided not to redevelop the old Fort Ritchie Army base, but to sell it outright. You can't say that PenMar did the right thing. You can't say PenMar did the wrong thing. But you can say that PenMar did something, which after seven years of wheel-spinning is kind of refreshing on its own. Yes, the dreamers among us had visions of a shining Columbia on a hill, a planned residential/business center where children would laugh and fly kites on the shores of the old fort's lakes, and families would eat picnics amid the trees and unexploded ordnance and every morning mom and dad would wake up and ride their bikes to work for a progressive, high-tech company that offers free day care and where no one wears a tie. Instead, we get a colorless, faceless REIT, a real estate investment trust that seems to have a vampire's love of sunlight and openness, in the sense that a woman representing the firm hung up on a reporter who had the audacity to ask what the company had in mind for Ritchie.
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