State hon­ors Bain­bridge De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Bain­bridge De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s an­nual meet­ing Tues­day night mixed a bit of busi­ness with a bit of sur­prise, as state ci­ta­tions were given to the BDC and its part­ner from Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s of­fice.

“I was def­i­nitely sur­prised,” BDC Chair­man Mike Pugh said. “They don’t tell me ev­ery­thing.”

County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore, BDC de­vel­op­ment part­ner Ken Michael, Pugh and the en­tire BDC board of di­rec­tors re­ceived ci­ta­tions from the state of Mary­land rec­og­niz­ing the team’s ef­fort and on­go­ing hard work to pre­pare the 1,200-acre site for re­de­vel­op­ment that could lead to new tax rev­enue for the county, state and town of Port De­posit.

This year, the BDC has seen an in­crease in prospects as it con­tin­ues to work with the U.S. Navy to reach an agree­ment on an en­vi­ron­men­tal cleanup that will al­low de­vel­op­ment to be­gin. In ad­di­tion, the county gov-

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ern­ment and Arte­sian Wa­ter have agreed to ac­cel­er­ate up­grades and con­struc­tion of wa­ter and sewer ser­vice to the prop­erty.

Re­cently, BDC was no­ti­fied it will re­ceive a $1 mil­lion grant from the U.S. Depart­ment of De­fense to hire a com­pany to do an en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and re­use plan for the site.

The board ap­proved a ten­ta­tive award of a con­tract to do this work to E.A. As­so­ciates at their meet­ing Tues­day night, as well as ap­prov­ing the 2015 an­nual re­port.

“My goal is to fi­nal­ize de­tails of the con­tract and be ready to sign it within a week,” Pugh said.

BDC ex­pects the firm to be­gin work as soon as pos­si­ble so it can be done by late spring.

“That plan will pro­vide us with the frame­work to de­velop Bain­bridge,” he said. “We can then go back to the Navy with some firm num­bers.”

Pugh is anx­ious to get the first project un­der­way at Bain­bridge.

“I’m look­ing for pi­o­neers here,” he said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BDC

Bain­bridge De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, its board, lead­ers and part­ners re­ceived state ci­ta­tions Tues­day for their hard work to­ward re­de­vel­op­ment of Bain­bridge.

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