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Old 01-01-2018, 05:09 PM
 
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I'm formerly from the Baltimore County area, which has won me the honored prize of heading up the search for my firm's new D.C./Baltimore office expansion. It has been 15 years since I've spent any proper time in the area - so much has changed since! So I've come here for help as I have many times before...

Our office will need to be able to serve clients in downtown D.C., Baltimore City, Gaithersburg, and possibly even Tyson's Corner VA. Our goal is to have our consultants working on site with our clients 50% of the time, and 50% of the time in the central office.

Ideally I'd like to locate the office in a smaller township that has easy access to metro/MARC, or less-common commuter roads - mostly so the relocating team members will have a central area to move their families to. I had originally been thinking of Frederick; but research from this forum and Reddit suggest it would be a bit maddening for the Baltimore/D.C. clients.

Recommendations and considerations are very much welcome!

Thank you and cheers,
-Former Marylander.

P.S., I'm looking forward to moving back to the area to join the team at the MD office so extra points for a secret location that will allow me to live near the office and own ~5+ acres on a modest budget!
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Ideally I'd like to locate the office in a smaller township that has easy access to metro/MARC, or less-common commuter roads - mostly so the relocating team members will have a central area to move their families to...........
P.S., I'm looking forward to moving back to the area to join the team at the MD office so extra points for a secret location that will allow me to live near the office and own ~5+ acres on a modest budget!
I'd suggest Laurel for access to the MARC trains. That and Bowie are decent places for workers to move to. Also, Greenbelt which will give them Metro access. None of these are bad for commuting to Baltimore either.

Good luck finding that secret location with 5 acres at a modest budget!!! I think you would have to drive an hour to the Eastern Shore or southern Maryland to find that.
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:11 PM
 
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From having worked on the team that found new space in the DC area when the company I worked for merged with another company I believe you are missing the major driving points in the move.

1) Who are your clients? Will they need to come to your office?

2) Are you planning on hiring people who are already located in the area or having them relocate into the area.

3) Will your clients and or consultants need to use airports on a regular basis

4) Are you looking for 'image space' or lower key working space

5) How soon do you need the space? (are there contract start dates that demand a presence?)

6) And finally How much space?

Not sure where else you have had offices but this can be a major (and expensive) project.
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:42 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Our office will need to be able to serve clients in downtown D.C., Baltimore
(and their suburbs)
The odds of any one office meeting the goal are slim, so....
How does the CURRENT census lay out?
How do the growth/expansion forecasts layout?
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:48 PM
 
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Either Elkridge, Laurel, or Columbia would be the best location for access to both Baltimore, DC, or Gaithersburg however neither location would give you all of the advantages that you are seeking especially regarding easy access to Tyson's Corner or access to five acres of land within easy commuting distance. At best you would be lucky to get two out of three things you re seeking due traffic conditions and the high property costs in the DC area.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:37 PM
 
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Thank you all for the responses, I hadn't considered Laurel/Greenbelt/Elkridge or Columbia, they all disappear quite nicely into the chaos of the surrounding suburbs. Sadly I've come to terms with not having the perfect location; so I'll take 3 out of 5 criteria, especially since my personal preference for land doesn't really weigh into the company's expansion.

MidValleyDad, all good questions that we are considering, but first we need to have some broad geographic areas to research the details for the cost-benefit analysis - which now we do! Luckily for our clients we are the ones that travel, so they will never have to tolerate the commute.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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Sounds like access to MD200 would be helpful in going any of the directions you need to go.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Upper Marlboro
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Laurel/Savage might be the best option for you. If you need a small (< 2,500 sqft) Downtown Laurel might be perfect.

Access to highways, rail transit that connects to both DC and Baltimore's local transit systems, about as equitable to all areas you mentioned, safe, workplace-friendly amenities, available office space. Two major downsides: rush hour congestion and surprisingly poor local lodging options.
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