Douron Commercial Interiors has purchased a new headquarters at 10 Painters Mill Rd. in Owings Mills. The 100,000-square-foot building on 7.5 acres is located just half a mile from Douron’s current location, said company President Ronald Hux.
It’s definitely location, location, location as that site is across from the planned development of Foundry Row that will feature a new Wegmans and will be close to Baltimore County’s new Metro Centre.
Douron employs 115. The new facility will hold a 9,000-square-foot showroom, the largest in the area for commercial, educational and library furnishings, Hux said, adding: “Furniture is a very touchy-feely product. Meaning, for example, folks want to see what they are buying. They want to sit in a chair to make sure it fits them. The showroom will also serve as a training center and meeting space which we intend to share with the business community.”
Is the Cos soon to be an honorary citizen of Charm City?
The St. Frances Academy will rename its community center after Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby in a ceremony on April 20.
The community center’s mission is to invoke the loving and gracious spirit of Mother Mary Lange and the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the order of nuns that run the school. The school is an independent Catholic high school founded in 1828 and located at 501 E. Chase St.
The naming will be celebrated at a gala fundraising event at Martin’s West.
Righttime Medical Care is expected to open a new branch near the intersection of Route 108 and Georgia Avenue in Olney.
Mullan Contracting Co. will serve as the general contractor, and the project is expected to be completed in time for a grand opening this month.
It will be the ninth location for Righttime, founded by Dr. Robert G. Graw Jr. in 1989 as a community-based alternative to a hospital emergency room. Today, the business has locations in Anne Arundel, Howard and Montgomery counties and employs 350.
The yuppie decorating store Restoration Hardware recently signed a 15-year lease for 1.2 million square feet of warehouse space in Cecil County and plans to move into the existing 600,000 square feet of the facility in January. The transaction was first reported by CityBiz.
Developer Weeks Robinson Properties plans to build another 600,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the existing warehouse, which Restoration is scheduled to occupy in the fall of 2012. The complex will serve as Restoration’s distribution center on the East Coast. Atlanta-based Weeks Robinson bought the property, which includes the existing building and about 30 acres and is known as Trade Center95, this summer for about $21 million.
The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads is showing off the recent installation of 360 solar panels on the rooftop of its six-story parking garage. Nearby, a 365-unit luxury market rate rental apartment home community is under construction and in the hunt for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation with the panels.
The development is located near White Marsh. The solar panels combine to form a steel canopy that covers the roof of the garage. The installation of the panels is expected to eliminate more than 60,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air over the first year, the equivalent of planting nearly five acres of trees or reducing the use of an automobile by more than 73,000 miles, experts say.
TIDBITS: Merritt Properties LLC has leased 2,213 square feet of office space to the IT company Vartopia LLC at 8850 Stanford Boulevard, Suite 1850 in Columbia. Brokers Jamie Campbell, Liz Tarran-Jones, Vince Bagli and Steve Shaw closed the deal … Baltimore Free Farm, the back-to-roots urban farming operation on vacant lots in Hampden, will host a “fancy dinner” Dec. 17 at St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul St. The good grub will be served beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, but it is a fundraiser. Fresh geese and duck, stuffed peppers and mushroom are on the menu, to be washed down with homebrewed beer and apple cider. A documentary on the urban green-thumb development will be featured. Go to www.baltimorefreefarm.org for details and reservations.