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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.
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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 DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2012
The board of PenMar Development Corp. and Corporate Office Properties Trust emerged from an hourlong executive session on what were termed “contract negotiations” Monday morning, but took no action when the meeting reconvened. In April, Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr said PenMar and Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) have been in discussions regarding options for the land at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base that COPT bought in a $9 million agreement in 2006.
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March 19, 2005
The following list takes a chronological look at the relationship between PenMar and Role Models. · March 2000 - Role Models announces plans to open the school at the base to serve 535 students and create 175 jobs. By June, the relationship between PenMar and Role Models is tense. · Oct. 23, 2000 - Role Models begins classes with 50 students, down from the 100 students anticipated. · February 2001 - PenMar sues Role Models in Washington County Circuit Court to bar the school from installing flagpoles at the former base and also wants the court to order the school to remove two existing poles that fly the United States and Maryland flags.
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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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by SCOTT BUTKI | June 20, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com Role Models America, Inc. has filed a $1.8 million lawsuit against its landlord, PenMar Development Corp., contending PenMar did not do required repairs on land it leased on the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base. The civil suit alleging breach of contract was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Greenbelt, Md., on Friday. PenMar Board Chairman Brett Wilson has denied PenMar breached its lease or owes Role Models any money. The lawsuit asks for an injunction to allow Role Models to stay on the base until the lawsuit is resolved.
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BY SCOTT BUTKI | May 23, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com The PenMar Development Corp. has filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in an attempt to evict its tenant, Role Models America Inc., from land on the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base, PenMar Board Chairman Brett Wilson said Wednesday. Role Models, a military-style academy for high school dropouts, on May 10 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which frees it from the threat of creditors' lawsuits while it reorganizes its finances. As a result of Role Models' bankruptcy filing, PenMar and Army officials delayed a ceremony planned for May 20 at which they were to sign a deed transferring 236 acres from Army ownership to PenMar.
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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.
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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 DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
The PenMar Development Corp. plans to hire a real estate consulting firm in the near future and have a strategic redevelopment plan later this year, Executive Director Dori Nipps told the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The board held an evening meeting at the Fort Ritchie Community Center on Tuesday and Nipps told the commissioners that PenMar will meet with a consultant later this month. “We would really like to have a plan to work from in April or May,” Nipps said after the meeting.
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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 DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2012
The board of PenMar Development Corp. and Corporate Office Properties Trust emerged from an hourlong executive session on what were termed “contract negotiations” Monday morning, but took no action when the meeting reconvened. In April, Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr said PenMar and Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) have been in discussions regarding options for the land at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base that COPT bought in a $9 million agreement in 2006.
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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.
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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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June 19, 2010
The Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors on June 4 presented awards recognizing people for their contributions and service to the association. Those recognized include: o Pa. Realtor of the Year -- Shelley Heck, RE/MAX Realty Agency o Pa. Community Service Award -- Karen Starr, Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA o John Younkins Memorial Award -- Debbie Vinson, Coldwell Banker Innovations o Distinguished Service Award -- Linda Wigfield, Coldwell Banker Innovations o Rookie of the Year Award -- Frank Getz, Coldwell Banker Innovations o Affiliate of the Year, Peach Lapkoff, Olde Towne Title o Affiliate of the Year -- Tracy Cline, Servpro of Washington County o Realtor Active in Politics Award -- Michael Stanford, Roger Fairbourn Real Estate
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December 20, 2009
CASCADE -- PenMar Development Corp. has announced donations to Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co., Smithsburg EMS and Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad. PenMar Development Corp. (PMDC) was asked by the fire and rescue companies to assist their programs in replacing aging fire and emergency vehicles that serve the Smithsburg and Blue Ridge Summit areas. In response, the PMDC board of directors approved donations of $50,000 to the Smithsburg fire company, $50,000 to the Blue Ridge Summit squad and $13,000 to Smithsburg EMS, according to a news release from PenMar.
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December 16, 2009
CASCADE -- PenMar Development Corp. has announced donations to Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co., Smithsburg EMS and Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad. PenMar Development Corp. (PMDC) was asked by the fire and rescue companies to assist their programs in replacing aging fire and emergency vehicles that serve the Smithsburg and Blue Ridge Summit areas. In response, the PMDC board of directors approved donations of $50,000 to the Smithsburg fire company, $50,000 to the Blue Ridge Summit squad and $13,000 to Smithsburg EMS, according to a release from PenMar.
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