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Agreement gives Meritus “option to build” as needs change
Meritus Medical Center acquired property and a building at Robinwood Drive and Medical Campus Road.
Meritus paid $775,000 for the 2,080-square-foot ranch-style home and the 1.5 acres it sits on at 11106 Robinwood Drive, according to online property records. The transfer is dated February 1.
“Meritus is always looking for opportunities to expand in the ways our community needs,” Jeannie Constable, director of corporate communications for Meritus, wrote in an email.
“The purchase gives us the opportunity to build, in the future, as the needs of our community continue to grow and change. At this time, we have no immediate or definitive plans for the property. .”
We are across Medical Campus Road from the Robinwood Professional Center.
Meritus already owned the property between the house and the Robinwood Professional Center.
This land is currently used as an agricultural field.
Bakery preparing hypoallergenic treats
Les Cookies Delight Bakery will celebrate its new home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The company is located at 200 S. Potomac St., corner of East Baltimore Street.
Cookies Delight offers homemade, gluten-free, nut-free and hypoallergenic pastries. Owner Natoscha McKinnon said the bakery also offers treats to suit a range of dietary options, with vegan, egg-free and dairy-free choices.
McKinnon said her journey into allergy baking began raising a child who suffered from severe peanut and tree nut allergies.
Eventually, she grew into a business. She previously operated out of the City Farmers Market in Hagerstown and still delivers to customers.
The response has been good, she said.
“It’s so humbling to hear people’s stories — that it wasn’t just my family that was going through this,” she said.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Fixes for phones, tablets, laptops and more
Engineering repair provider uBreakiFix by Asurion has opened its new franchise at 17612 Garland Groh Blvd. in downtown Hagerstown just west of Interstate 81.
The store offers repair services for anything with a power button, from smartphones, tablets and computers to game consoles, smart speakers and drones.
Some common repairs include cracked screens, battery issues, and water damage.
According to a company press release, uBreakiFix repair experts have repaired over 14 million devices and can help resolve most technical issues, with most basic repairs completed in two hours or less.
The uBreakiFix Hagerstown store is owned by Marcus Thomas.
“As the owner of two other uBreakiFix sites, I have witnessed firsthand the impact of our repair services and how they positively impact the communities we serve,” Thomas said in the press release. “We hope to add value to Hagerstown in the same way with our prompt service and quality customer support.”
Customers can book a repair appointment online or drop by the store for walk-in service.
Hagerstown architectural firm to revamp Baltimore building
BALTIMORE — Hagerstown-based Bushey Feight Morin Architects will design the new headquarters for Maryland’s Department of General Services.
The firm will design a complete renovation of the building at 2100 Guilford Avenue in the Barclay neighborhood of central Baltimore to serve as the state agency’s headquarters.
The Maryland Department of General Services recently announced that the Maryland Board of Public Works has approved the selection of the architectural firm.
“DGS is optimistic about the future potential to positively impact the historic Barclays area with a state-of-the-art professional office building that will improve the working environment for our employees,” said the DGS Secretary , Ellington E. Churchill Jr., in a statement. Release. “This move represents a logical transition from State Center as it will allow the consolidation of DGS staff and resources into a new, more efficient and environmentally responsible headquarters.”
DGS is responsible for the statewide management, operation and maintenance of 55 state buildings and lands totaling 6.3 million square feet as well as a growing rental portfolio of 4.6 million square feet across the state.
The Guilford building was built in the 1920s and opened in 1928 as the State Motor Vehicle Commission, according to the press release. In 1963, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services took over the facility to house a parole and probation division. The department vacated the expanded four-story, 82,953-square-foot property in 2019.
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