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  • 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,…

  • President Profile

    President Profile

    Up close with Jim Lighthizer Working as an industrial brokerage professional with CBRE for 16 years and founding Chesapeake Real Estate Group, a full-service commercial real estate development and investment firm more than 15 years ago, NAIOP Maryland’s new President brings unique perspectives to his two-year term. He credits former…

  • 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…

  • Historic Year for Baltimore’s Industrial Market

    Historic Year for Baltimore’s Industrial Market

    Judging by every metric, 2019 finished as the most prolific year for the Baltimore industrial real estate market with more than 9.5 million square feet of space absorbed — a rise of 44 percent over the previous record, according to a recent report issued by CBRE. This included more than 3.4…

  • COPT spearheads transformation of school playground serving many audiences

    COPT spearheads transformation of school playground serving many audiences

    When Steve Budorick of Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) toured the outdoor area surrounding Benjamin Franklin High School in Brooklyn, he immediately realized that the environment was not conducive to positive advancement and was in large part unusable and unsafe. Upon learning more about the composition of students at…

  • Maryland faces growing backlog of elevator inspections

    Maryland faces growing backlog of elevator inspections

    The number of elevators operating on expired certificates in Maryland is growing monthly due to recent legislation, a workforce shortage and increasing lead times for inspections. Officials from the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation outlined the problem during a recent legislative briefing. The backlogs are due…

  • Key indicators signal recession before July 2021

    Key indicators signal recession before July 2021

    Maryland is facing “an uncomfortably high risk of an economic slowdown if not a full-blown recession” before July 2021. That was the key warning that Moody’s Analytics Economist Dan White delivered to a session of the Senate Budget and Tax Committee this month. While Maryland’s economy hasn’t profoundly changed since…

  • Maryland legislators convene busy 2020 session

    Maryland legislators convene busy 2020 session

    Members of the Maryland General Assembly convened their 2020 session yesterday with new leadership, new political dynamics and a long roster of legislative issues on the agenda. The session opened with a historic change in leadership as new House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson were elevated…