Harford County, Maryland: BRAC Impact

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Harford County, Maryland: BRAC Impact

You have heard that BRAC would be big for Harford County, Maryland and it is proving to be just that.

Here is some of what is happening:

  • Just inside of Aberdeen Proving Ground, 526,000 square feet in new space for an office and technology park called The Gate is being constructed.


  • 40 percent of all new office building construction now underway in the U.S. is located in the Baltimore-Washington area, mainly because of the Base Realignment and Closure Initiative.


  • At APG, defense contractors that have already signed leases (and some have already moved in) include CACI, with 60,000 square feet, Raytheon Co., 75,000 square feet, L-3 75,000 square feet, General Dynamics, 12,000 square feet and The Boeing Co., 6,000 square feet.


  • Preparation is underway to break ground on two new buildings totaling 180,000 square feet.


  • County officials are promoting flex working hours and van and carpooling as ways to ease the anticipated traffic increase.


  • About 1,800 new jobs have already moved into APG, and beginning this fall, another 2,500 workers will begin to arrive, many from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.  Including private sector jobs, the new positions will total around 10,000 by September 2011.


  • 42 new defense contractors have already moved in, with 24 of them moving in the last six months.


  • Major construction is under way on the sprawling base.  The huge building, known as C4ISR, an acronym for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence Surveillance, Reconnaissance, opened its doors this month to mostly civilian Army employees.  It is the largest building in Harford County.


  • Harford County has invested in a business park to help smaller incubator companies get established in the BRAC zone.  The park, called the Harford Business Innovation Center, is located in Riverside, about three miles from the APG gate.


Comments (7)

Brian Bedford
Zenith Realty - Catonsville, MD


Thank you for posting.  There is no question about it.  Things are happening in Harford County.

Aug 20, 2010 06:41 AM
Kristi Allison
Bel Air, MD


Keeping the infrastructure up with the growth may be the biggest challenge.

Aug 20, 2010 07:36 AM
Kathryn Sparks
Zenith Realty - Baltimore, MD


Definitely, Harford County is seeing growth.  Some do not like the fact that many are able to expand on the base itself at an unfair advantage, and at the loss of tax revenue to the County.

Aug 21, 2010 07:48 AM
Veronica Krzinska
Zenith Realty - Rosedale, MD


I am expecting growth related to BRAC to stay strong through 2011.

Aug 22, 2010 06:40 AM
Alexandra "Sandy" Pzkowski
Zenith Realty - Baltimore, MD


People should not miss the big job fair coming in September in Harford County.

Aug 24, 2010 07:10 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We are  less than 1 hour away with an easy country commute to APG and hopin to see some impact from BRAC !!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 03, 2010 04:55 AM
Karen Krzniak
Zenith Realty - Towson, MD


There are several very good areas to relocate for these BRAC jobs such as near the big city of Baltimore, along one of the tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay or on a Bay front home, in rural areas, and more.

Oct 06, 2010 05:31 AM