Crown Castle to grow, adding Mylan building
By Sam Spatter
Business Writer, 412-320-7843

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Crown Castle USA Inc., the Cecil-based operations unit of the nation's second-largest cell tower operator, will take over the headquarters of Mylan Inc. when the generic drug maker moves to a new building at Southpointe II this month.

Crown Castle purchased the Mylan base adjoining it along Corporate Drive about a year ago and has been leasing it to Mylan since, said Mark Schrott, a Crown Castle senior vice president.

“We plan to occupy both our own building and the Mylan office once Mylan vacates it for its new headquarters,” he said. Crown Castle employs 700.

“At this time, we have no plans to add more personnel, which we will do as our business increases and there is a need for more employees,” he said.

Crown Castle is awaiting final approval of Cecil supervisors for two applications it has made involving the Mylan building.

One, which Schrott doesn't believe will present any problems, is to consolidate the parcels, forming a 41-acre lot. The second involves building a covered walkway to connect the buildings.

Failure by Crown Castle to supply additional information about the walkway led to the township removing both applications from the agenda of Monday's supervisor meeting, officials said. The township had requested information on stormwater management and items listed by the township engineer.

Crown Castle USA, a unit of Crown Castle International Corp. of Houston, operates communications towers nationwide and competes with American Tower Corp. Crown Castle was founded in Pittsburgh and maintains its operations center in the Southpointe I business park in Washington County.

“One of the reasons for our expansion was the acquisition earlier this year by Crown Castle of the cellular towers of Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA unit,” Schrott said.

That deal for the rights to about 7,200 T-Mobile towers was for $2.4 billion. It increased the company's penetration into the cellular tower business nationwide, driving the need for more office space for its operation center.

In October, Crown Castle announced a deal with AT&T Corp. to lease about 9,100 of AT&T's towers. The agreement, under which Crown Castle will buy about 600 AT&T towers outright, will bring AT&T about $4.85 billion. It is expected to close by the end of this year.

A Mylan spokesman said plans for its current building will be announced at an event on Dec. 19: Mylan, perhaps in anticipation of selling its headquarters, purchased the land on March 8, 2012, from IMI Southpointe LP for $2.9 million, according to a deed filed in the Washington County Recorder of Deeds office. Crown Castle acquired its property along Corporate Drive from MLRE LLC in August 2012 for $16.9 million.

Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or



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