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  • Clearing the Air

    Clearing the Air

    Industry tackles rising standards for healthy buildings As America approaches year three of coping with Covid-19, the commercial real estate industry is implementing lessons learned about how to improve indoor air quality and preparing for heightened, long-term requirements for healthy buildings. “The pandemic has created an incredible focus on indoor…

  • Developers face new changes in forest conservation policies

    Developers face new changes in forest conservation policies

    A multi-front effort to create no-net-loss forest conservation policies in Maryland counties is challenging the development community to influence, understand and adapt to a varied and changing array of regulations. Efforts to greatly expand the preservation of specimen trees in Howard County failed in January when the county executive vetoed…

  • Industry Roundtable: Financing

    Industry Roundtable: Financing

    Historically low interest rates have fueled confidence, growth and activity among all real estate asset classes but the lingering pandemic, rising inflation and interest rates are contributing to uncertainty among financial institutions and investors ever-searching for the highest possible yield. On a positive note, capital is still readily-available and…

  • General Assembly aims to pass transformational bills in 2022 session

    General Assembly aims to pass transformational bills in 2022 session

    The 2022 Maryland General Assembly will convene January 12th for an election year legislative session led by the majority’s urgent interest in finishing the four-year term with a transformational legislative package focused on climate mitigation and environmental justice. Broadening the aggressive legislative scope is a windfall of $6 billion in…

  • Playgrounds and lush gardens spur new activity in Inner Harbor

    Playgrounds and lush gardens spur new activity in Inner Harbor

    Could a swath of lush landscaping and play areas ‘flip the script’ on the troubled Inner Harbor? Partners in the Rash Field redevelopment project hope Baltimore’s newest urban park could stir new vitality in the Inner Harbor and benefit area residents, workers and property owners. Photo courtesy of…

  • Despite rise of DTC brands, retailers value brick-and-mortar presence

    Despite rise of DTC brands, retailers value brick-and-mortar presence

    Although direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands such as Allbirds, Casper and The Farmer’s Dog continue to make significant market share inroads, traditional retailers still place an extremely high premium on their brick-and-mortar presence. But experts who participated in the “Real Estate Trends to Track” webinar sponsored by Commercial Observer, suggest usage of…

  • Serendipitous encounters, proximity bias fuel comeback for CBD offices

    Serendipitous encounters, proximity bias fuel comeback for CBD offices

    Some of the same characteristics that drove office employees away from office space located in central business districts during the pandemic will also spur a large-scale return. Increasingly, workers want to be back in environments where they can experience serendipitous encounters and opportunities to collaborate or socialize with colleagues. Heightened…

  • NAIOP Maryland elects new slate of officers

    NAIOP Maryland elects new slate of officers

    John Hermann and Jim Lighthizer John Hermann, Vice President, Asset Management/Leasing for Corporate Office Properties Trust, has been elected President of NAIOP Maryland. Additional officers include Kate Jordan, Principal, Lee & Associates | Maryland as President-Elect; Sean Doordan, Senior Vice President, Leasing & Acquisitions, St. John Properties as…

  • Word on the Street: Hubquarters

    Word on the Street: Hubquarters

    New terms are added to the commercial real estate vernacular on a near-daily basis. At the NAIOP Maryland Holiday Party, we asked several participants to provide their definition of the “hubquarters” concept.  Here are their answers, with the actual definition below.   “The headquarters of a particular company is…

  • Shipping delays and higher spending expected this holiday season

    Shipping delays and higher spending expected this holiday season

    The 2021 holiday season appears to be blending some traditional shopping patterns with some mid-pandemic changes. Consumers are expected to return en masse to traditional retail venues, spend more and make purchases earlier this year to avoid shipping delays. That has consequences for retailers. Black Friday — coined for the…