November 6, 2019 / Member News

Merritt Properties Acquires and Plans Redevelopment of Office Building in Hunt Valley

Baltimore, MD (November 6, 2019) Merritt Properties, a full-service commercial real estate developer with over 16 million square feet of space throughout Maryland and Virginia, has purchased 226 Schilling Circle in Hunt Valley. The company plans to fully redevelop the vacant 98,640-square-foot office building, which was previously the home to McCormick & Company.

Merritt Properties’ I-83 Corridor portfolio is 94% occupied and, with this acquisition, now totals over 1.4 million square feet of office and flex-warehouse space.

A speculative construction project, Schilling Green III will be a three-story Class A office that is intended for LEED Silver certification. Its location is within a half-mile radius of five other Merritt properties, including Schilling Green, a near identical building originally built in 1980 that Merritt redeveloped in 2008. This Class A office property was the first speculative LEED project in the I-83 corridor and named the 2009 USGBC-MD Green Core & Shell Project of the Year.

Nearby Merritt customers feature some of the region’s top employers, including ArmadaCorp Capital, Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., New York Life, Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc., and RBC Royal Bank, among others.

“With excellent transportation access and close proximity to various amenities, this property is perfectly positioned within the heart of Merritt’s Hunt Valley portfolio,” said Scott Dorsey, CEO of Merritt Companies. “Schilling Green III represents a unique value-add redevelopment opportunity, and we look forward to growing our presence within one of Baltimore County’s tightest office submarkets.”

Schilling Green III is conveniently located near more than 1 million square feet of retail and amenities as well as light rail, bus and interstate highway transportation. Baltimore County is Maryland’s second largest job center and home to over 20,000 businesses, representing nine diverse industry clusters.

Merritt Construction Services, the construction division of Merritt Companies, will be managing the redevelopment process, which is expected to be completed by the spring of 2021.

Cris Abramson, Nicholas Signor and Ben McCarty of Newmark Knight Frank’s Maryland Capital Markets represented the seller. This transaction marks the team’s fourth office sale in Hunt Valley this year.

Release courtesy Merritt Properties