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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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March 5, 2009
Hagerstown Community College will host an open house at its Fort Ritchie site in Cascade and celebrate one year of operation of the center on Wednesday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend the free event. Tours and refreshments will be provided. In March 2008, HCC began offering courses at Fort Ritchie and now offers a wide range of credit and noncredit classes each semester. HCC previously operated a branch campus at Fort Ritchie from 1969 to 1997 when it was an Army base.
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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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October 1, 1998
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer FORT RITCHIE - There were tears and hugs here Wednesday as the flag was lowered for the last time and the 47-year-old Army post closed. About 75 people gathered in front of "the Castle," which has served as the headquarters at Fort Ritchie, to take pictures of the historic occasion. --cont. from front page -- "We are sad at this closing. We are turning this place over to a community that's been so wonderful to us," said Lt. Col. Francis Clepper Jr., the last commander at Fort Ritchie.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | August 26, 1998
FORT RITCHIE - Fort Ritchie, like other U.S. military installations throughout the world, has been on heightened alert since American embassies in Africa were bombed. Unlike most other bases, Fort Ritchie is nearing the end of a long closing process. Soldiers have been guarding the main gate 24 hours a day, said spokeswoman Kathy Fotheringham. "Which puts a very taxing toll on us since we're gearing down anyway," she said. The base has 52 soldiers and 91 civilians remaining, Fotheringham said.
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June 24, 1997
By TERRY TALBERT Staff Writer With Fort Ritchie scheduled to close in 15 months, the command at the Army installation at Cascade changed hands for the last time in ceremonies Tuesday morning. Fort Ritchie will close on Oct. 1, 1998, a victim of military downsizing. Lt. Col. James A. LaFleur, commander at Fort Ritchie since June 1995, turned over command to Lt. Col. Francis (Frank) Clepper Jr. in a changing of the guard on the post parade field. Immediately after the transfer of command LaFleur retired from the Army.
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by Karl Weissenbach | July 25, 2004
In an article pertaining to COPT and PenMar Development Corp. negotiations regarding the proposed sale of Fort Ritchie, the executive director asserts that the community will be pleased with the agreement. That may very well be the case and we certainly hope and expect the "negotiations team" to get the best deal possible for Washington County taxpayers and the Cascade community. However, that does not mean that the Cascade Committee isn't going to carefully scrutinize both the lease and sale agreements, along with any development plan put forward by COPT.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | February 5, 2008
CASCADE - More than 200 people attended a meeting Monday night to hear about the current development plan for the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade. The plan was approved in December by the Washington County Planning Commission, and will bring 1,400 jobs to the surrounding area in the next nine years. In addition to job creation, the meeting also focused on the new community center that is under construction and historic and environmental preservation. The plan includes 673 residential units, 1.7 million square feet of office space and 20 acres for community use. PenMar Development Corporation was created in 1997 to oversee the conversion of the former army base, which closed in 1998 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Program.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 22, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com Several top federal government agencies have shown interest in using the former Fort Ritchie land, U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett said Monday. Bartlett, R-Md., said representatives from the National Security Agency, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the CIA and Congress are among those who have talked about using the land for part of their operations or as a backup. The agency representatives agreed that the fort would make a good "continuation of operations" site should their main offices come under attack or fail in some way, Bartlett said during a visit to The Herald-Mail's newsroom, following a trip to Fort Ritchie to show the property to a government agency.
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