About half a dozen early birds are leasing space in flex-office buildings developed since last year in the Crossroads @95 business park by St. John Properties of Woodlawn.
One of them is a St. John client previously located in Towson.
"We moved in in early November - I think we may have been the first tenants," said Darren Fields, of Surety Recovery Management. The firm, which collects money owed to insurance companies, employs about 10 people and plans to double in size, Fields said.
"We love the proximity to Interstate 95," he said. "It will help attract prospective employees, and it's convenient for our clients and employees."
Matthai Material Handling has also made the northern end of Crossroads @95 home.
A family-owned company that sells and repairs forklifts, it got its start in Cockeysville in 1990 and later moved to Harford County.
"We plan to double our business in the next two years. This is our first step," said Matthew Neuman, general parts manager for the company, which employs 16 people.
The company hopes to form relationships with other new businesses expected to move into Crossroads, he said.
Among St. John's notable tenants at Crossroads will be a county school for disruptive tenants.
Other tenants include:
- Brinks Home Security, a division of a national security company that moved from Rosedale.
- International Nutrition, which specializes in nutritional and dietary supplements for customers with special health-care needs and that moved from Owings Mills.
- Trans Union, part of a national credit and information management company, previously in Anne Arundel County.
- XIGroupAuto, which provides Web services nationally for car dealers, previously in Baltimore.
- Wawa and Royal Farms convenience stores, combined with gas stations.
At the southeast corner of Crossroads, Chesapeake Real Estate Group and Prudential Real Estate Investors, of New Jersey, recently began clearing land for the first three of nine planned industrial and warehouse buildings that will contain more than 1.5 million square feet, according to brochures.
Tenant BGE Home, a subsidiary of Baltimore's Constellation Energy, is consolidating four facilities - two in the county and two in Baltimore - into one of those buildings and expects to employ 400 people within a few years.
In the southwest corner of the park, First Industrial Real Estate Trust, of Chicago, has finished one 130,000-square-foot building for Alexander's Mobility, a relocation company that will move its headquarters from White Marsh.
Under construction is a second, 300,000-square-foot building that is being marketed by Colliers Pinkard.
FRP Development, of Sparks, recently started construction in the adjacent Windlass Run Business Park, which will contain nearly 500,000 square feet of warehouse-office space in five one-story buildings ranging in size from 68,000 square feet to 118,000 square feet.
Completion of the first building is expected in spring 2008.
The project is modeled on a similar project, the Lakeside Business Park, in Harford County, said Dan Sullivan, vice president of land acquisition and development.
"Based on our other projects, we expect to attract between 500 and 700 jobs to the Windlass Run Park," he said.