Carroll County Home Center coming to Park

Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Holiday Island developer Tom Dees sits in front of the concrete pad just poured for a new 6,000-square-foot building that will house the Carroll County Home Center. In the background is a new 3,000-square-foot storage unit complex and beyond that, a brick wall, in the final stages of completion, separating the residential and commercial areas. HIN / Kathryn Lucariello

Another 6,000-square-foot building will soon rise in the Park in Holiday Island, and it will house a home center that will save area residents the trouble and expense of driving to large cities to furnish their homes.

Holiday Island Development Corporation poured the concrete pad in late June for Carroll County Home Center. Completion of the building is expected by early fall, said Holiday Island developer Tom Dees.

"It will house a home center and will sell furniture, appliances, floor coverings, bedding and accessories. It will be a complete home center," he said.

He said he hopes the layout will be one large building with separate divisions inside for each kind of offering so that shoppers don't have to go outside to get from one area to the next, but that will depend on the owners of the new businesses coming in.

A businessman in flooring has already expressed strong interest and may partner with others in furniture and appliances to contract for the building, Dees said.

Last year saw the completion of another 6,000-square-foot building, which houses a large sewing center, fine restaurant and two smaller shops.

Dees has also built a 3,000-square-foot storage unit with five bays behind the new building, and a playground across the street in the VFW park. He said the first tenant for the storage units is moving in today.

Every office is full, he said. Some have moved around within the Park. The home health business has grown from one office to three and added a medical supply business. A hair salon and day spa with tanning beds is set to open this week.

The new tourist information center at the entrance to Holiday Island, with public bathrooms and internet access, is up and running and offers free information on businesses, homes for sale and all the community has to offer.

"The real news is that Holiday Island is doing fine," Dees said. "I wouldn't be putting up all these new buildings if we weren't."

He hinted at other major changes coming in the Park in the next few months, but wouldn't say what they were.

HIDC is also in the final phase of erecting a brick wall that separates the Park from the residential units behind it, including a new unit currently under development, with dozens of platted lots with roads, sewer, water and utilities in.

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