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November 28, 2001
Fort Ritchie to house reservists By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com Fort Ritchie will soon house members of the U.S. Army Reserve, marking the first military use of the U.S. Army base since it was closed in October 1998. continued Abandoned barracks are being spruced up to house about 70 military police reservists who have been called up to help with homeland security since Sept. 11. The soldiers belong to the 307th Army Reserve in New Jersey and the 324th Army Reserve in Chambersburg, Pa., said Eileen Mitchell, spokeswoman for Fort Detrick.
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BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | May 9, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com Six teenager boys who admitted to vandalizing unoccupied housing units at Fort Ritchie were sentenced Wednesday to probation and community service. Each of the Smithsburg-area teenagers admitted to one count of malicious destruction of property and was found delinquent by Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley, who was sitting in juvenile court. Three of the teenagers were 15 years old, two were 16 and one was 17. The charges stemmed from an incident in January in which several windows at apartments at the former U.S. Army base were smashed.
NEWS
May 29, 1997
The reuse authority at Fort Ritchie has a new name, a new budget and a new governing structure. The fort will be called the Lakeside Corporate Center at PenMar, said Robert Sweeney, the executive director of the Local Redevelopment Authority, which is in the process of becoming the PenMar Development Corp. under state legislation signed into law last week. Sweeney briefed the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday. Sweeney said the first corporation board meeting will be June 9, when interim lease agreements for reuse of Army buildings will be signed.
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By SCOTT BUTKI | November 25, 1998
PenMar Development Corporation officials on Tuesday announced the U.S. Army had awarded a grant of almost $2 million to help with the conversion of Fort Ritchie to Lakeside Corporation Center. A cooperative agreement between PenMar and the Army also includes options that would increase to $5.8 million the amount the corporation could receive over the next three years, said Robert P. Sweeney, executive director of PenMar Development Corporation. --cont. from front page -- PenMar is a private/public company that is heading the effort to redevelop the base, which closed on Oct. 1. The goal is to attract businesses and create jobs, Sweeney said.
NEWS
July 5, 1997
By SAMANTHA KRULEWITZ Staff Writer FORT RITCHIE - Michele Showe arrived at the Army base at 8:30 a.m. Friday to make sure they got a picnic table near the grill and the lake. Showe, of Hagerstown, along with her friends and family spent the day at the fourth annual Fourth of July Open House at Fort Ritchie. This is the third year they have attended. "I'm having a great time. I sent the kids to the pool," Showe said. "What's important is to get a parking spot and a grill.
NEWS
June 23, 2005
Assume for a moment that the PenMar Development Corp. made a serious error when it signed a contract to sell the old Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base to Corporate Office Properties Trust. That's what opponents of the sale believe. The property should have been appraised, they say, because the acreage there is worth more than $9 million the contract calls for, an amount that drops to $5 million if 1,400 jobs are created there over nine years. But if an appraisal were done now and it was found that the property were really worth $20 million, what could PenMar do?
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2013
If you ask Eric Forrester, he will say barbecue is an art form. And Forrester, owner of Mason-Dixon BBQ Services near Greencastle, Pa., promised there will be plenty of art at the Memorial Day Pignic on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, at Fort Ritchie. The inaugural two-day event will feature its own arts festival, a music festival, and three barbecue competitions. “Barbecue is very American. That's why people enjoy it so much. There are very few American forms of culinary art,” Forrester said.
NEWS
April 6, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - Washington County business leaders and lawmakers struck a compromise with some Maryland General Assembly leaders Sunday that should allow the passage today of legislation that could be critical to the redevelopment of Fort Ritchie. The new legislation would establish the public-private PenMar Development Corp., which will be responsible for turning the fort into a combination corporate technology park and business training center after the Army closes the base next year.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | March 10, 2000
CASCADE - About 100 area residents complained Thursday night that officials in charge of converting Fort Ritchie from a closed Army base to a business park have not been forthcoming about their progress. Many signed their names to a letter that organizers will send to Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening and U.S. and state lawmakers asking that the PenMar Development Corp. be restructured. George A. Drastal, who organized Thursday's meeting at the Cascade American Legion, said the redevelopment organization is trying to develop public land with public funds, yet has shut the public out of its negotiations.
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.
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