The Bowie City Council this week approved the sale of a 1.57-acre parcel of land in the Bowie Industrial Park to Brady Publishing Co. for $107,713.
Earlier this year, the council turned down an offer of $80,000 for the land from Brady, the city's largest employer with 110 workers on its payroll.
Robert J. Brady Jr., the publishing firm's executive vice president, said the company is seeking an additional 25 to 50 acres for a satellite plant to house its distribution and order fulfillment divisions. He said there "are certain logical reasons" to purchase the additional land in Bowie, but there are certain logical reasons to move elsewhere, like Anne Arundel County."
Bowie Council member Dick Logue said the city would like to house any new Brady facilities. Though there is no land now available within city limits to house such a facility, land is available which could be zoned industrial in the future, he added.
Brady estimated the current expansion on the tract just purchased is scheduled to be completed next spring and will cost "upwards of $2 million." He said the expansion will hold the company over for "the three to five years before we could start building" on the new land it has yet to acquire.
This week's land acquisition and upcoming renovations were being made "just to round off our Bowie headquarters. Bowie will always be our headquarters," Brady said.
In a meeting last month, the City Council approved Brady's plans for expansion of its office space from 18,040 to 35,562 square feet and the addition of a 28,396-square-foot warehouse to the publishing plant, which totals 18,693 square feet. Brady said the only major change from the expansion plans approved by the council would be an increase in the warehouse space to 40,000 square feet.
In other action Monday, the council awarded a contract for $19,950 to Chapman and Associates, which was among six bidders to provide architectural services for renovation of the Bowie Special School.