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The construction workers at 112 S. Main St., in Bel Air are used to people in business suits ducking under the scaffolding and through the brick front façade, trying in vain to avoid the fine white construction dust on their freshly shined shoes. One can hear the workers “shhh” each other as they note the visitors and forego any loud machinery.
The site is the future office of law firm Snee, Mahoney, Lutche & Helmlinger (SMLH), whose business is primarily commercial real estate law. This piece of real estate has a bit more at stake, bought by the partners in anticipation of long-term growth. Listening to Joseph Snee animatedly describe each room in the nearly 10,000-square-foot space, one can visualize what the unframed walls and dusty plywood floors will become in a few short months.
Citing these new offices as his biggest career challenge, Snee talks about the key features planned for the building. “The firm needs to grow, and they should do it in a space that we own. It will be state-of-the-art for the next 20 years,” he says. He enthusiastically ticks off amenities like 30 on-site parking spaces, CAT 8 wiring and Wi-Fi, energy efficient heating and cooling, a roof monitor providing natural light and a café in the waiting area. Snee notes the front of the building will mirror that of the County Courthouse a block away, showcasing the same bricks, door and trim work. The idea for the matching architecture was the brainchild of Snee himself.
In SMLH’s current office at 11 S. Main St., Snee and his colleagues are known for handling the tough cases. Snee isn’t afraid of facing obstacles. In fact, he seems to thrive on them. Three of his most recent clients are among hotly debated business developments in Harford County: Eva Mar Continuing Care Retirement Center to be located at Route 543 just beyond Route 22; James Run, a mixed use complex at Route 543 and I-95; and Walmart, near Plumtree Road in Bel Air. Each of these has faced stumbling blocks, including vigorous opposition by local residents, but Snee takes it all in stride. Read more.