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ANNAPOLIS, MD-The former site of the David Taylor Research Center moves closer to being redeveloped as a massive mixed-use destination now that the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning has given the thumbs up to developer Annapolis Partners LLC’s proposal for the 46-acre property. Eighty-six existing structures will be demolished to make room for the 630,000-sf project along the Severn River, which is expected to cost approximately $250 million to realize.

Formerly property of the US Navy, the David Taylor Research Center closed its doors in December 1999 after falling victim to the 1995 round of the federal government’s Base Realignment and Closure mandate. The David Taylor Reuse Planning Committee selected Annapolis Partners to spearhead redevelopment of the site in 2000, and in 2002, signed off on the developers’ concept plan and redevelopment agreement with the county.

As it stands now, Annapolis Partners’ proposal consists of a multi-phase endeavor that would ultimately yield 500,000 sf of office space in several low-rise buildings, a 100-room hotel, parking to accommodate 2,000 vehicles and an unspecified amount of retail space. Phase I, the Hilltop Campus, will encompass 150,000 sf of office space for TeleCommunication Systems Inc., a local firm that has agreed to relocate its headquarters to the site.

In addition to revenue generated by the new developments, the project will also create nearly 2,000 high-tech jobs, filling a large gap left by the 1,400 jobs lost due to the military base’s closure “The redevelopment of this site will bring jobs to our county and convert an environmentally unsound property into one that supports current stormwater laws and best management practices,” Anne Arundel County executive Janet S. Owens says.

With site approval in hand Annapolis Partners’ next step is to apply for building and grading permits. Ultimate completion of the David Taylor Research Site Plan will likely require an estimated 10 years.

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