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Old Manufacturing Plant Eyed as Site for Mini Business Park in Crisfield

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CRISFIELD, Md. – The Carvel Hall manufacturing plant is undergoing major renovations as city officials eye it as the site for a new mini-business park.

Crisfield Mayor Percy Purnell said the former property owner gave the plant to the city in 2011. Since then, the building has undergone big repairs after being shut down for a few years.

Carvel Hall, located at 4251 on Crisfield Highway, has been around since the 1920s. It used to be located on Main Street before a fire destroyed it. The plant sold tools and cutlery items. Linda Mister used to shop at the outlet store there.

"I was sad because I loved going in an seeing things they would have, like summer things, spring things, accessories for the home as well as their cutlery," Mister said.

The industrial site sits on 23 acres of land. City officials said the plant is 70,000 sq. ft.
The building will be fixed up in sections. Linda Tathem thinks it is a good idea.

" I think that's the problem with so many businesses that do go out of business, the building just sits there and gets dilapidated," Tathem said. "I think it's a good idea for them to try to put something new in there."

The city recently contracted Bay Associates Environmental Inc. to remove chromium dust, which can cause serious respiratory problems, that was found on the industrial site.

City officials said federal grants will be used to fund the clean-up.

" I think it shows [the city] is willing to go the extra mile to promote businesses here in Crisfield," Tathem said.

Mister hopes it will bring more jobs to the area.

"I hope to see some jobs come from it because there are a lot of people without a job in Crisfield and they need some work," Mister said.

Purnell said businesses will be able to move in as early as June.

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