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  • Risky, blighted and long

    Risky, blighted and long

    Challenging brownfield projects deliver enormous benefits Harbor Point has transformed 27 acres of land that was undeveloped and unused for years into a vibrant extension of the city. Photos courtesy of Beatty Development. It was a picture-perfect example of industrial blight. Abandoned decades earlier, the hulking factory buildings, industrial furnaces…

  • CRE Concepts: Will a pandemic fuel demand for buildings that support holistic wellness?

    CRE Concepts: Will a pandemic fuel demand for buildings that support holistic wellness?

    Amid the discussions about HVAC system upgrades, enhanced cleaning schedules and installation of automatic door openers, touchless faucets and anti-bacterial surfaces, many Americans are adopting new expectations around acceptable wellness standards in their workplaces. Some design professionals predict those expectations will fuel a new wellness culture that will stretch far…

  • If You Ask Me…

    If You Ask Me…

    Describe your leasing/investment sales expectations for 2021 Charles A. BreitenotherPrincipalNAI KLNB “From everyone I am speaking and interacting with on a regular basis, I believe local business decision-makers now see the end in sight, though it still may be some time off. For office space users, we expect less downsizing…

  • First week of the General Assembly features tax and environmental bills

    First week of the General Assembly features tax and environmental bills

    With more than 700 bills pre-filed before New Year’s and multiple proposals to alter taxation and environmental laws, the Maryland General Assembly 2021 session is off to a busy start. To date, the NAIOP-MD Legislative Committee has placed 104 bills on its watch list.  Two early legislative themes are emerging…

  • Touchless technologies key to improving safety and comfort levels in the workplace

    Touchless technologies key to improving safety and comfort levels in the workplace

    It’s becoming the “fourth utility” in commercial real estate. As tenants continue their migration back into the workplace, they are discovering the integration of access control and touchless technology systems in parking garages, restrooms, kitchen areas and other common spaces to reduce physical contact and the spread of germs.

  • NAIOP Maryland Gifts $35,000 to Six Non-Profit Groups in 2020

    Most recent donation made to Maryland Food Bank Baltimore, MD (January 12, 2021) – NAIOP Maryland, the local commercial real estate association, donated $35,000 to six different non-profit organizations that support people in need throughout the greater Baltimore and central Maryland region in 2020. The most recent gift was presented…

  • Howard County Delegation considers construction excise tax to fund deferred maintenance in schools

    For the second session in a row, the Howard County Delegation is considering legislation that would increase the Howard County Commercial Construction Excise Tax.  First enacted in 2008, the construction excise tax was created to provide a dedicated funding source for road improvements needed to support development activity. Legislation sponsored…

  • New board member Karen Cherry looks to make a mark

    New board member Karen Cherry looks to make a mark

    Karen Cherry Karen Cherry, who was recently elected to the NAIOP-MD Board of Directors, recognized the importance of the organization well before her 20-plus-year commercial real estate career began. Working for a computer consulting firm that engineered smart building systems, Cherry became involved with the chapter with goals to network…

  • Pandemic pushes General Assembly to streamline 2021 session

    Pandemic pushes General Assembly to streamline 2021 session

    Pandemic protocols mean that the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate will conduct business during the 2021 session in very different ways than previous years. Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones have announced limited floor sessions, fewer witnesses at bill hearings and much of the Assembly and…

  • Warehouse trends create new opportunities for vacant retail sites

    Warehouse trends create new opportunities for vacant retail sites

    Robust growth in warehouse/distribution center development and increased adoption of new warehouse types are creating opportunities for owners of vacant or underperforming retail spaces. In a year-end blog post entitled “Adapting to Change,” NAIOP-MD member Bohler listed retail-to-warehouse conversions among its top five insights from 2020. “With the increase…