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February 25, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer FORT RITCHIE - Area residents Tuesday expressed skepticism about a plan to turn Fort Ritchie into a combination technology center and conference destination. Some of the approximately 100 residents who showed up at the hearing said they liked the proposal developed by consultants hired by the Fort Ritchie Local Redevelopment Authority. Others, however, questioned whether the plan would work once the Army closes the base in October 1998. Smithsburg resident Don Courier said the plan was too ambitious for the Washington County Commissioners, which must sign off on the proposal and appoint board members to oversee it. He said the federal and state governments should take the lead instead.
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NEWS
January 30, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer FORT RITCHIE - The Fort Ritchie Local Redevelopment Authority and the International Masonry Institute aren't waiting for the base to close before putting unused areas to commercial use. Under an agreement with the redevelopment authority and the Army, the institute will hold its first 12-week stone masonry training session. During the first session, that begins Monday, about 30 apprentices from as far away as Alaska will live and train on the base, said institute President Joan Calambokidis.
NEWS
December 19, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer FORT RITCHIE - Federal and state officials signed an agreement Thursday that is designed save historic buildings at Fort Ritchie after the U.S. Army leaves next October. The agreement protects buildings such as Lakeside Hall, with its towering stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling, the Castle and the "finger buildings," a string of small stone buildings connected by a common hallway, said Robert Sweeney, executive director of the PenMar Development Corp.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | June 17, 1998
FORT RITCHIE - Col. David E. Titus, who formally took command of the 1108th U.S. Army Signal Brigade Tuesday, will spend his first three months preparing to move the unit that is in charge of the "red phone" to its new home at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. That move will be one of the logistical challenges facing Army commanders as they wind down operations at Fort Ritchie, which will close in September. For Titus, preparing for the move won't be a new experience. In his last job as chief of the Plans and Operations Division of the U.S. Southern Command, Titus helped move the command headquarters from Panama to Miami.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | October 24, 2006
CASCADE - The redevelopment of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base with 673 homes, 1.7 million square feet of offices and 4,500 new jobs will create "the American Dream" for many, the president of developer Corporate Office Properties Trust said. Randall M. Griffin presented plans for rental and sale residences, athletic fields, a museum, restaurants, a community center, a conference center, doctors' offices and a day-care center at a VIP reception before Monday's transfer ceremony at the base.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | July 10, 1998
FORT RITCHIE - Lt. Col. Frank Clepper Jr. got the biggest promotion of his career on June 24, 1997, when he took over command of Fort Ritchie in northeastern Washington County. On Sept. 30, he'll close the base. "It's kind of like a death in the family. You go through the three stages," he said. "Right now, we're in the acceptance stage. " Clepper has accepted his assignment with good grace. "It was some unique challenges," Clepper said. "You got to worry about running one and closing one. " Fort Ritchie is taking three years to close, half the time the process normally takes.
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By MATTHEW BIENIEK | September 2, 1998
Zoning for Fort Ritchie must be changed before it can be developed into a technology and training center, county Planning Director Bob Arch told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday. Arch proposed creation of a new zoning classification - special economic development district - just for the military base. A public hearing would be required to change the county zoning law to add the new designation, Arch said. "Because the area is not zoned for it, you can't buy or sell property," said Robert P. Sweeney, executive director of the Pen Mar Development Corporation.
NEWS
May 8, 2001
School committee tours Fort Ritchie buildings By TARA REILLY tarar@herald-mail.com Photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer Washington County Board of Education representatives on Monday toured two vacant buildings at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base that some think could serve as a school for Cascade Elementary students. continued James LaFleur, executive director of PenMar Development Corp., said the former commissary and Post Exchange buildings are in good shape and could serve as a school.
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By DON AINES | July 5, 1998
photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT enlarge FORT RITCHIE - Towing children by the hand or struggling under awkward burdens of lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, people made their way across Lakeside Drive on Saturday to find a good spot to have a barbecue and watch the night's scheduled fireworks. For decades, the Fourth of July has meant a day at Fort Ritchie for many area residents. Saturday was the last Independence Day celebration there, at least under the auspices of the U.S. Army.
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March 12, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - State lawmakers were asked Tuesday to approve the formation of a public-private corporation that would take charge of converting Fort Ritchie to a combination technology park and corporate training center after the Army leaves. "We view this as a phenomenal opportunity for economic growth and jobs in Washington County," Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, told the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee. He was testifying in favor of a bill (H.B.
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