There is much wisdom in the old adage “Location, Location, Location.” Whether leasing or buying a commercial space, where you choose to do business is an important decision.
Finding a Location
The City offers free site selection assistance through CoStar commercial property reports. These reports can be customized to show available City properties that meet size or business-specific requirements.
Prior to signing a lease, be sure to ...
- Know the real cost of renting the space. Understand what you will be expected to contribute towards the property’s taxes, insurance, and maintenance.
- Research the cost of potential tenant improvements. Consult with a design professional to discern the costs of potential utility or life-safety improvements (such as grease traps, water & sewer impact fees, sprinklers/fire suppression)
- Check the zoning of the property to ensure your type of business is permitted in that location. A matrix of approved uses by zoning can be found in the City’s Land Management Code. Talk with the City's Planning Department to confirm your proposed use is eligible and to learn about possible site requirements such as parking upgrades. Contact the Department at 301-600-1499.
- Get to know your community. The City encourages local participation through organized Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs). Geography-based advocacy groups – including the Golden Mile Alliance, East Frederick Rising, and the Downtown Frederick Partnership - also provide opportunities to connect and engage in a specific-area of the City.
- Consider location-based incentives. Many tax credits and grants at the City and State level are location specific. Check out the full list here to make the most informed decision.
Consider an Incubator or Co-working Space
If you’re just starting out and not ready to a lease or purchase property – Frederick has a bevy of shared work-space opportunities across a diverse range of industries. These spaces offer affordable options, side-by-side a community of fellow entrepreneurs.
- FITCI – is an incubator with two locations in Frederick County. The original location offers biotech and life science entrepreneurs over 20,000 SF of space, with 35 offices and 16 wet labs. A second Downtown location at ROOT caters to the aspiring technology professional with private and shared office space and conference rooms.
- MD Bakes - is a health-department approved kitchen that offers memberships to food artist to produce their products.
- Co-Work and A Corner Office – provide flexible office & shared space options at reduced rates.
- Federated Charities – is a non-profit focused on helping other non-profits get their start here in Frederick. The organization offers development assistance, in addition to low-cost office space.
- Makerspace – The new Monroe Center Makerspace is a fully equipped lab with new technology and equipment, including 3-D printers/scanners, universal laser system, high-end computer stations, hardware supplies, and more.
Work from Home
The City regulates the operation of home-based businesses. Details on these regulations can be found online under the Land Management Code Article 8, Section 829 “Home Occupations” or by calling the City Planning Department at 301-600-1499.