by Lisa Tome
Architects know how to navigate the building code.
For instance, a building isn't required to have fire suppression sprinklers if it is less than 12,000 square feet. When Sunmed Growers, LLC, submitted plans for the cannabis growing operation in Warwick, the building plans are written so that three buildings can be housed under one roof.
The building includes three hour fire walls in the three section building - which has areas of 6,469, 3,060, and 10,170 square feet.
"By code definition, it's three buildings," said Jeff Thorpe, Plans Reviewer for the Cecil County Department of Permits and Inspections. It's also a mixed occupancy building with assembly, agricultural, and business zoning all sharing one building. "It's a way to get around that expense (of sprinklers) legally," said Thorpe.
In that building, there will be areas for trimming, packaging, drying, and curing the cannabis.
• Plans have been submitted to the county for a performing arts studio. The former club house at Brantwood (later Bittersweet) golf course, may soon be home to the arts. Plans have been submitted for That Performance Place. The plans will include converting the building to have two event rooms, a reception are and a theater. There will also be rehearsal areas. These plans are for the first floor of the building. The second floor may be renovated later.
• TRUaire's distribution center is coming to the Principio Industrial Park. TRUAire manufactures commercial and residential heating and cooling accessories. That center will measure 150,000 square feet. Permits have been submitted but not yet approved.