- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A technology park planned in Bryans Road is not going forward, as the public-private venture between Corporate Office Properties Trust, Facchina Group of Cos. and Charles County government has been dissolved.
“We have decided to dissolve the public-private economic agreement we had for Charles County,” said Stephanie Krewson, vice president of investor relations with COPT.
Two reasons for the “difficult decision” to end the agreement were the broader economic decline and the lack of jobs being relocated to the Indian Head Naval Surface Facility as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, Krewson said.
The agreement was originally reached in 2006, and as recently as March, the partnership was moving foward, receiving preliminary plan approvals for the park for 15 commercial lots on 260.52 acres from the Charles County Planning Commission.
Proponents of the Indian Head Science & Technology Park argued that the park would support the activities at the Indian Head Navy base and provide economic development for western Charles County.
The location of the proposed park, south of Bryans Road, has generated opposition from advocates of the Mattawoman Creek for environmental concerns and that the location should be closer to the Indian Head Navy base.