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  • NAIOP-MD members collaborate on pet project for Maryland SPCA

    NAIOP-MD members collaborate on pet project for Maryland SPCA

    NAIOP-MD members Merritt Construction Services and CB Flooring made a “fur-ever” impact on the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) facility in Hampden, with the recent completion of collaborated pet project that benefitted lives of both the two and four-legged variety. The effort represented the first…

  • Understanding Maryland’s carbon footprint

    Understanding Maryland’s carbon footprint

    The 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly is expected to feature multiple debates about how to address climate change by reducing Maryland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  So how much GHG does Maryland produce? According to the World Resources Institute Climate Data Explorer, Maryland generates 74.1 metric tons of carbon…

  • NAIOP Maryland Elects Officers And Board Of Directors For 2020

    NAIOP Maryland Elects Officers And Board Of Directors For 2020

    Bottom row (left to right): Morgan Gilligan, Stewart Title Guaranty Company; Christopher Nevin, First National Bank; Kate Jordan, Lee & Associates | Maryland; James Lighthizer, Chesapeake Real Estate Group; John Hermann, Corporate Office Properties Trust; Danielle Schline, Prologis, and Paul Giulio, Hill Management Services. Top row (left to right): Todd Summerfield, Liberty Property Trust; Richard Williamson; Scooter Monroe, Weller Development Company; Scott Wimbrow, The MacKenzie…

  • Education funding could spark hot debates in 2020

    Education funding could spark hot debates in 2020

    A $1.9 billion question is likely to dominate the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education – commonly known as the Kirwan Commission – was tasked in September 2016 to establish spending priorities and mandatory funding formulas for Maryland schools. Shortly…

  • Two counties enact tougher forest conservation requirements

    Two counties enact tougher forest conservation requirements

    Anne Arundel and Howard counties have approved significant revisions to their forest conservation requirements that will increase the amount of development sites dedicated to forest retention and planting; increase mitigation ratios for forest clearing; escalate in lieu fees; and require a finding of “unreasonable hardship” before approval of regulatory waivers.

  • Maryland moves closer to “Cap and Invest” plan to reduce vehicle emissions

    Maryland moves closer to “Cap and Invest” plan to reduce vehicle emissions

    State officials, tasked with lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from vehicles, are drafting a plan to impose a new fee on the sale of some transportation fuels. For several years, states from Maine to Virginia have been collaborating on a joint solution to reduce GHG emissions from automobiles, light trucks…

  • Ground leases create new opportunities for private developments, community benefits

    Ground leases create new opportunities for private developments, community benefits

    Nine East 33rd Street project rendering An infrequently used development tool is helping Johns Hopkins University and Medicine partner with private developers on projects that serve both Johns Hopkins’ mission and the surrounding community’s needs. On multiple properties throughout the Baltimore-Washington Corridor, Johns Hopkins has entered into ground lease agreements…

  • Placemaking principles key in transforming under-utilized real estate

    Placemaking principles key in transforming under-utilized real estate

    The Southern Streams Health and Wellness Center rendering “Placemaking has exploded over the past ten years, and the use of innovative principles that encourage people to linger and interact more intimately with real estate creates long-term value,” explained David Wilk, Managing Director with Colliers International. The executive recently served as…

  • 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…

  • CRE Concepts: Reduce to Zero

    CRE Concepts: Reduce to Zero

    More clients seek properties that meet high environmental goals L’Oreal’s carbon-neutral logistics facility in Germany. Photo courtesy of Prologis. On a tight site in downtown Silver Spring, an elliptical, 130,000-square-foot office building made history last year. United Therapeutics’ Unisphere, constructed by The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, became the largest net zero…