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  • Special session to consider Congressional redistricting

    Special session to consider Congressional redistricting

    On December 6th, the Maryland General Assembly will convene in a special session to consider redistricting the state’s eight Congressional election districts. After each 10-year census, Congressional and state legislative districts are redrawn to reflect population changes. A legislative advisory panel, co-chaired by the Senate President and House Speaker, endorsed…

  • Cluster of developments offers hope for West Side revival

    Cluster of developments offers hope for West Side revival

    Although they have been vacant for decades, located in a blighted neighborhood and repeatedly dismissed as an impossible development project, a cluster of buildings near Howard and Lexington constitutes “a once in a lifetime opportunity to help advance the revitalization of the west side.” That’s the view of Jayson Williams,…

  • Baltimore’s Urban Paradox

    Baltimore’s Urban Paradox

    Excited about cranes, concerned about crime It’s Baltimore’s version of a Tale of Two Cities. One set of news headlines celebrates massive, ongoing investment in Port Covington, Harbor East, Harbor Point, Penn Station, Lexington Market and other developments in the heart of the city. Other headlines and quieter discussions raise…

  • Industry Roundtable: Architects

    Industry Roundtable: Architects

    Joseph Mayer, Principal, J. Mayer Architects; Sandy Sawicki, Vice President, Interior Design, JMT Architecture and Scott Vieth, Principal, Design Collective recently gathered to discuss how their firms are reacting and presenting solutions to changes in the workplace, emerging trends including employee input requesting healthier indoor environments; the overall reimagining…

  • Under-used parking garages face new challenges and prospects

    Under-used parking garages face new challenges and prospects

    From unconventional billing systems to adaptive re-use projects to garages that look like vending machines, parking facilities are facing some intriguing, new prospects. Long before the pandemic hit, parking needs had been trending downwards as more Americans embraced live-work-play environments, ride-sharing services, transit-oriented developments and lifestyles that weren’t tethered to…

  • Better financing, aggregator market expand options for onsite solar

    Better financing, aggregator market expand options for onsite solar

    At the Port City Press Building in Pikesville, an adaptive re-use project by Garver Development Group transformed a 177,000-square-foot, 75-year-old printing plant into a modern facility supporting light industrial, warehouse and self-storage functions. A $3 million C-PACE loan underwrote the installation of energy-efficient systems and rooftop solar panels that generate…

  • If You Ask Me…

    If You Ask Me…

    “What new leasing trends are emerging as companies consider returning to the office?”   Joe Bradley Senior Vice President and Principal MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services “What started as a fad has gained relevance as many adopt a hybrid work model; however, we anticipate the use…

  • ‘Critical shift’ in CRE needed to meet sustainability goals

    ‘Critical shift’ in CRE needed to meet sustainability goals

    Widespread and growing adoption of sustainability goals by commercial real estate investors and tenants will require developers and owners to expand their adoption of green design, clean energy systems, building retrofits and information sharing technologies in the near future, according to a report by JLL. Photo courtesy of…

  • Commercial real estate rebounded quickly but normalcy remains elusive

    Commercial real estate rebounded quickly but normalcy remains elusive

    The sudden emptying of office buildings, shopping centers and restaurants prompted by COVID-19 was followed by a swift economic recovery. Nearly 20 months after the initial onslaught of COVID-19, the return to total normalcy in the real estate sector remains off in the distance. Employers and employees alike have learned…

  • Climate Commission Approves Phase Out of Fossil Fuel Use in Buildings

    Climate Commission Approves Phase Out of Fossil Fuel Use in Buildings

    The Maryland Climate Commission has approved a Building Energy Transition Plan to serve as the framework to reduce direct emissions from buildings in the state 95% by 2045. The core recommendations of the plan are: Adopt an all-electric building code by 2024 with a cost effectiveness test for…