Major Development Underway in Chestertown

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There is a lot of dirt being moved around in preparation for new buildings being erected in Chestertown, MD.

As the national and global economy continue to recover, confidence among companies and institutions continues to grow. The effects of the recovery are being felt all over the country with the construction of new buildings and hiring of additional employees.

It's a good time to be a Chestertown and Kent County resident as the local economy reflects growing economic trends worldwide. Several local companies have announced expansions and are building out their facilities to accommodate growing demand for their products and services. If you're looking for a job, now is a great time to dust off the resume.  

Shore Distributors, Inc. Expansion

Aerial photo of Shore Distributors expansion

Aerial photo of Shore Distributors expansion

Operating from their location on N. College Ave. since 1963, Shore Distributors is building a 4,300 sq. ft addition to the north-side of their current 7,500 sq. ft. distribution facility. The addition replaces a home that had been vacant for 15-years that formerly housed an on-site manager. HVAC, plumbing, and electrical contractors are served at this location. 

LaMotte Company Expansion

Aerial photo of LaMotte Company expansion

Aerial photo of LaMotte Company expansion

LaMotte Company, located at 802 Washington Avenue, is adding an 8,700 sq. ft. addition to their headquarters. 30 additional parking spaces will be added to accommodate parking for new employees and future expansions. 

LaMotte Chemical, located on a 15-acre campus in Chestertown, "manufactures analytical reagents, laboratory apparatus, electronic instrumentation, and complete portable test kits for chemical analysis in hundreds of applications."--LaMotte Chemical.

Marina Interpretive Center, New Construction

The Chestertown Marina, owned and operated by the Town of Chestertown, is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion. In addition to replacing deteriorated bulkheads and adding floating peers, the Town demolished an old boat shed to make way for a new marina store and interpretive center. The new interpretive center at the marina will serve as a welcome center for boaters and include a small store and washrooms. 

Hodson Boat House, New Construction

Aerial photo of Hodson Boathouse construction

Aerial photo of Hodson Boathouse construction

Washington College is constructing a new boathouse to house their nationally recognized crew and sailing programs. Described by Kurt Landgraf, President of Washington College, as "world class," Hodson Boathouse will be built to LEED Platinum standards, the highest rating a building can receive for energy efficiency by the design rating agency. Reinforcing the College's ongoing partnership with the Town and its residents, the Chester River Rowing Club will continue to be welcomed to utilize the facility as a base of operations. Upon completion of Hodson Boathouse, a new center to house the college's environmental science programs will be built.

Dixon Talbot Blvd. Warehouse Expansion

KRM Development Corporation, the real estate division of Dixon Valve and Coupling Company, developed a 28,000 sq. ft. addition to Dixon's warehouse along Talbot Boulevard. The above video highlights the warehouse as it was being built and the completed warehouse can be seen below. 

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Chestertown Business Campus, New Construction

Aerial photo of Chestertown Business Campus 

Aerial photo of Chestertown Business Campus 

Construction of a 150,000 sq. ft. warehouse distribution center for Dixon Valve is currently underway on the north-side of Chestertown. The construction of the warehouse serves as the anchor to the Chestertown Business Campus, a mixed-use development currently being built by KRM Development Corporation and KRM Construction. In addition to the warehouse, Chestertown Business Campus will host the new worldwide headquarters of Dixon Valve Coupling Company, The $20 million dollar expansion has received support from Governor Larry Hogan who, in an official statement, declared: "Dixon has called Maryland home for more than 40 years, and we look forward to their continued growth and success here in our great state."  

Following the build-out of the warehouse, the next phase will include the construction of three new apartment buildings. The three buildings will contain a mixture of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. 

Arguably one of the largest economic development projects in Kent County and region in quite some time, the development of Chestertown Business Campus stands to shape the Chestertown and Kent County economy for years to come. 

To read a comprehensive interview with Kate Goodall-Gray (President, KRM Development Corporation) and Dr. Bryan Matthews (VIce-President, KRM Development Corporation), visit the Chestertown Spy article.

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Chestertown has an amazingly bright future and this wouldn't be possible without the dedication of the local business leaders, elected officials, and residents that work tirelessly to ensure economic opportunities for all.

What project are you most excited for? Comment below.

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by Sam Shoge

Sam Shoge founded Shore Studios in the spring of 2017 to capture photography and videography of the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake lifestyle from new, aerial perspectives. Using sophisticated drone technology, Shoge is passionate about bringing a new dimension to storytelling regarding what makes the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay so special.