Inglewood, a new 230-acre business community adjacent to the Capital Centre in Largo, Md., was unveiled last week by its builders, McCormick Properties Inc., a subsidiary of Baltimore's world famous spice processor, McCormick & Co. Inc. Industry and local government leaders expect the project to create more than 1,000 permanent jobs when completed.
On hand for the dedication ceremonies were McCormick Properties President Leonard O. Gerber and Prince George's County Executive Lawrence Hogan.
The business park, based on McCormick's successful corporate headquarters model complex in Hunt Valley, Md., is the fourth such project to be undertaken by McCormick Properties, and already ground has been broken for about $26 million in construction. The other parks are the Loveton Center in Sparks, Md., and Rutherford Business Center, just west of Baltimore.
"When I first came into office in Prince George's County, I visited the Hunt Valley complex and told them McCormick I wanted it moved to P.G.," said Hogan. "This is it!"
When completed, the complex will feature a 200-room hotel built by Roanoke's American Motor Inns Inc., with plans for the $10 million structure to be expandable to 300 rooms. Frank E. Basil Inc., an international architectural and engineering consulting firm, will build a six-story corporate headquarters of approximately 90,000 square feet. The building will accommodate 400 employes and is the first of three Basil structures scheduled for construction.
McCormick Properties will build two structures, a $7 million office building of 110,000 square feet, including a bank and cafeteria, and a 52,000 square foot complex of customized office spaces.
So far, only about a quarter of the available ground has been prepared for construction. According to Gerber, the other areas will be developed as the need arises, but he is confident that the entire park will be utilized.
"We're a filler of needs," he said. "As market conditions dictate, we will move into the other sectors. We're looking at a seven-year cycle. We would hope to be finished by then."
Serious negotiations for the site began about 1 1/2 years ago, Gerber said. He credited Hogan for McCormick's decision to expand into the Washington area, away from its traditional Baltimore-area markets.
"We're glad to be here," Gerber said.
"Our optimism is drawn in part from what we can already promise to the community," he added, referring to the construction projects already started or on the drawing boards.