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  • Re-envisioning restaurants, retail and events in mixed-use centers

    Re-envisioning restaurants, retail and events in mixed-use centers

    Owners and tenants of Hunt Valley Towne Centre (above), Turf Valley Towne Square (image below) and other mixed-use developments are pursuing multiple initiatives to safely revive those commercial center from expanded cleaning protocols  and designated curbside delivery areas, to options for safe outdoor concerts and new concepts in retail. Photos…

  • Reimaging Baltimore

    Reimaging Baltimore

    Adaptive reuse brings new vision, new life to struggling areas For one happy, furry, carb-filled day last August, the building that has driven and symbolized the economy of Canton for more than a century went to the dogs. An industrial engine for nearly a century, the adapted, mixed-use Can…

  • CRE Concepts: Mini-warehouses show big potential

    CRE Concepts: Mini-warehouses show big potential

    The tall, white interior walls are interrupted by splashes of colorful, graffiti-inspired painting. There are offices, a conference room, loading docks, industrial storage, workspaces with skylights, coffee service in the kitchen and a cluster of entrepreneurs hustling to grow their small businesses. This is not your typical warehouse. In the…

  • State Circle: Opportunity zones spurring investor interest in Baltimore projects

    State Circle: Opportunity zones spurring investor interest in Baltimore projects

    This article appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of NAIOP-MD InSites Newsletter Buoyed by new clarity around federal tax laws and a stream of calls from investment funds, economic development professionals are anticipating new infusions of capital into real estate projects around Greater Baltimore. Federal officials finally approved regulations for…

  • Industry Roundtable: Office, industrial and retail leasing professionals

    Industry Roundtable: Office, industrial and retail leasing professionals

    Bill Holzman (left), Vice President, Retail Leasing, St. John Properties; Kate Jordan (middle), Principal, Lee & Associates | Chesapeake Region; and Michael Tait (right), Leasing Manager, The Howard Hughes Corporation, gathered in Downtown Columbia to discuss leasing pace in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. marketplace, drivers expected to impact absorption in 2020…

  • CRE Concepts: Local Appetite

    CRE Concepts: Local Appetite

    Food halls stoke small business success, community growth Food halls, such as R House (above), are providing food entrepreneurs with fresh opportunities to grow their businesses and prodding food markets, such as Broadway Market (below), to embrace today’s retail trends. Photos courtesy of Seawall Development and Plano-Coudon Construction. The swirl…

  • State Circle: Planners explore how to provide adequate housing in a thriving economy

    State Circle: Planners explore how to provide adequate housing in a thriving economy

    This article appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of NAIOP-MD InSites Newsletter A dramatic forecast of a looming housing shortage in the Greater Washington region is fueling discussions about the adequacy of Greater Baltimore’s housing supply. Last fall, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) released an analysis of that…

  • Industry Roundtable: Warehouse/Industrial Developers

    Industry Roundtable: Warehouse/Industrial Developers

    INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT AS A JOB CREATOR KATE NOLAN BRYDEN (KNB): There exists a false perception that, due to the rise of technologically-savvy warehouse users, these large buildings require less employees to operate the uses. In reality, that is not the case with many of the jobs requiring skilled workers. Then,…

  • Urbanizing Suburbia

    Urbanizing Suburbia

    ‘Surban’ developments address key employment, lifestyle, transportation needs Surban developments, such as Maple Lawn, are delivering a high-density mix of commercial, retail, residential and recreational space that is proving highly attractive to employers and residents. Photo courtesy of St. John Properties. The development proposal left Ed St. John sitting in…

  • The experts on your street

    The experts on your street

    Community engagement is changing the shape, success and impact of developments Winner of a NAIOP-MD Award of Excellence for Best Community Impact, Eager Park is also a best- in-class example of how close collaboration among developers, neighborhoods and nonprofits can dramatically increase a project’s quality, success and benefits. By some…