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  • State Circle: Anne Arundel County’s growth plan requires bolder thinking, better regulations

    State Circle: Anne Arundel County’s growth plan requires bolder thinking, better regulations

    Bolder thinking about development and more rigorous analyses of regulations will be needed to help the Anne Arundel County Council achieve its Plan2040 vision of creating healthy, thriving communities. That’s the argument currently being advanced by NAIOP Maryland and others.  Plan2040, the county’s proposed General Development Plan, sets out a policy framework…

  • Picture of Health: Healthcare and life sciences markets create opportunities for spec buildings and conversions

    Picture of Health: Healthcare and life sciences markets create opportunities for spec buildings and conversions

    On a high-visibility site two miles from Anne Arundel Medical Center, St. John Properties’ decision to build a 100,000-square-foot, LEED Gold, state-of-the-art, medical office building on spec is paying off. In quick succession, St. John announced leases with Maryland Oncology Hematology, Chesapeake Medical Imaging, Chesapeake Urology, Kure Smart Pain Management,…

  • Market Trends: Trillion-Dollar Industry

    Market Trends: Trillion-Dollar Industry

    Although commercial real estate, like nearly every sector, experienced economic setbacks in 2020, it remained a large and core driver of the U.S. economy. In 2020, new and existing CRE buildings combined contributed $1.01 trillion to the U.S. GDP, generated $338.1 billion in personal earnings and supported 8 million jobs.  Source:…

  • CRE Concepts: Mass timber trend takes root in Baltimore?

    CRE Concepts: Mass timber trend takes root in Baltimore?

    In Canton, 28 Walker Development is preparing to construct Baltimore’s first mass timber office building. Image courtesy of 28 Walker Development Asked how he feels about leading the first mass timber construction projects in Baltimore City, Chesapeake Contracting Group Vice President Dan Hannon replies, “Excited, beyond your wildest imagination.”  Well…

  • Industry Roundtable: Building a Better Baltimore

    Industry Roundtable: Building a Better Baltimore

    From left to right: Scooter Monroe; Jason Schwartzberg; Owen Rouse What measures can be taken for Baltimore City to emerge from the pandemic stronger than before?   Scooter Monroe, Vice President, Head of Office Leasing, Weller Development Company; Owen Rouse, Vice President of Investment Sales, MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services and Jason Schwartzberg,…

  • If You Ask Me…

    If You Ask Me…

    Do you expect two-story warehouse/industrial buildings in the Central Maryland region?  Jannine B. HayesCommercial Leasing RepresentativeKnott Realty Group “Not in the immediate future. To make a two-story warehouse worth any developer’s time in Maryland would require (1) land, which we are very short on, (2) rental rates well above average if…

  • Encouraging return to the office requires focus on employee needs

    Encouraging return to the office requires focus on employee needs

    As landlords begin to retrofit HVAC systems, implement cleaning protocols and enact other tenant wellness and safety measures to encourage a return to the office, it is important to focus intently on the specific needs and concerns of tenants. This has led to the rise of virtual amenities, flexible work options, increased food…

  • CPACE cuts financing costs, boosts sustainability of CRE projects

    CPACE cuts financing costs, boosts sustainability of CRE projects

    At the former Port City Press building in Pikesville, Garver Development Group has leveraged a novel financing tool, CPACE, to both improve the financials of a renovation project and the energy performance of the redesigned facility.  Garver acquired the 177,000-square-foot building last year and began redeveloping it to support a self-storage…

  • Green thumbs needed for Community Service Day

    Green thumbs needed for Community Service Day

    The NAIOP-MD Community Service Committee is in need of approximately 100 volunteers with green thumbs (additional finger colors are also welcome) to participate in a half-day event with The 6th Branch (T6B) on Friday, May 14 beginning at 9 am. Activities in “The Fields of Color” initiative, to benefit the New Broadway East Community, will include tilling existing fields,…

  • Landlords urged to create workplace strategy to lure tenants back to the office

    Landlords urged to create workplace strategy to lure tenants back to the office

    As the great work-from-home experiment extends past its one-year anniversary, workers have made adjustments to their environment and schedules and are becoming increasingly comfortable viewing the WFM model as a viable long-term solution. To counteract this trend and lure more workers back to the traditional office setting, landlords are urged to design a…