BEL AIR, MD—With an industrial vacancy rate below 5%,Hartford County is reportedly looking to clear upissues involving about 200 acres in order to allow new industrialdevelopment.

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Hartford County Director of Economic Development JamesC. Richardson says a landowner and developer is eyeing thepossibility of building a total of 2 million square feet ofindustrial space. He would not identify the site or the firmproposing the venture, but notes a key issue with the property ishighway access, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

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“It's in an area that's got all of the entitlements except forstate highway stuff,” Richardson says. “If we can get this workedout, I'd like to see something hopefully breaking ground this fall,but I don't know that we're going to make it with the highwayissues.”

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Harford County currently has two warehouse projects underconstruction—Liberty Property Trust's945,720-square-foot distribution center for CloroxCorp. and Ryan Commercial LLC's656,000-square-foot building for cosmetics retailerSephora. See story in the Baltimore Business Journal.

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John Jordan

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