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Historic Baltimore Car Showroom Redevelops into Restaurant

5 Oct 2015, 12:47 pm

By Adelina Osan, Associate Editor

Baltimore-based Seawall Development has recently announced plans to transform a historic car showroom and garage into a $12 million restaurant launch pad. With a focus on incubating creative, chef-driven concepts, R. House will bring a new style of good hall in the city. The project is located in a 50,000-square-foot building at Remington Avenue and 29th Street.

R. House

R. House

“We’re building R. House the same way we do all of our projects: as a collaborative endeavor with the end-users driving the process,” said Peter DiPrinzio, general manager of R. House, in an official statement. “Our design concept has been led through community focus groups, working with chefs, and Remington neighbors. Remington is a diverse and varied neighborhood where people take pride in their work and their community. We believe R. House will complement the creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit of the area,” DiPrinzio added.

A place set to redefine the traditional concept of food hall, R. House will include 15-feet-tall windows, 12,000 square feet of wide-open seating and roll-up garage doors. With direction from a core group of chefs, the team spent months scouring the country, examining other food halls and markets to gain inspiration for this project. Ten plug-and-play kitchens will honor the group of creative chefs that will join R. House.

The project will also include a 4,000-square-foot yoga studio and a 20,000 square feet of office space. The building will be the second phase of Seawall’s $80 million Remington Row project. Once completed, the renovated building will be LEED Silver certified.

R. House is slated to become fully operational by fall 2016.

Image courtesy of R. House

Maryland Live! Casino Gets the Green Light for $150M Expansion

24 Sep 2015, 8:12 am

By Adelina Osan, Associate Editor

The Cordish Cos. received approval for a $150 million expansion project for Maryland Live! Casino from members of Anne Arundel County Council.

Maryland Live! Casino

Maryland Live! Casino

An additional upscale hotel featuring 300 suites, a variety of dining options and luxury amenities, as well as a conference center for up to 4,000 people are planned for the major expansion of Maryland Live! Casino.

“We extend our thanks to County Executive Schuh, Councilman Pete Smith, and all members of County Council for their thoughtful consideration and support of this important economic development initiative,” Joe Weinberg, managing partner of The Cordish Companies, said in a statement. “As a locally owned business, The Cordish Companies remains committed to Anne Arundel County, and we are committed to the growth and expansion of Maryland Live! Casino and maintaining our position as the premier gaming and entertainment destination in the State.”

The city council approval included a $22.5 million tax incremental financing bond for the infrastructure improvements for the hotel and conference center expansion, which will create  1,000 new permanent and construction jobs. The repayment of the bond will come out of new revenues generated by the hotel and conference center.

Located at 7002 Arundel Mills Cir, Maryland Live! Casino is currently one of the largest employers in Anne Arundel County, with more than 3,000 team members.

Image courtesy of Maryland Live! Casino

Former Sun Products Facility Gets New Lease on Life

21 Sep 2015, 2:35 pm

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Construction crews are hard at work at the former Sun Products site.

Construction crews are hard at work at the former Sun Products site.

Chesapeake Real Estate Group (CREG) and its partner, San Antonio-based USAA Real Estate Co., have finally started demolition activities at the site of the former Sun Products facility, nearly five months after purchasing the asset. The two partners plan to redevelop and renovate the property, in order to attract companies from the e-commerce industry.

Only a portion of the 47-acre site at 5300 Holabird Ave. will be demolished. CREG will take down five separate buildings, comprising more than 600,000 square feet of space, and replace them with two new facilities, offering a total of 550,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space.

The construction of the two new buildings is included in phases II and III of the project. Phase I calls for the renovation of an existing 500,000-square-foot distribution building, which will be equipped with state-of-the-art features, such as new lighting, head, loading and a new roof. During Phase II, the developer will build a new Class A single-story cross-dock industrial and warehouse building with about 400,000 square feet of space, while in Phase III CREG will construct a second and smaller Class A industrial and warehouse building, offering only about 100,000 square feet of space.

CREG expects to finish the demolition phase by December 2015, and building the new facilities shortly after.

“Since acquiring this parcel and existing buildings in April, our team has generated a tremendous amount of interest from end-users that are attracted to this one-of-a-kind site with directly proximity to major transportation axes,” Jim Lighthizer, founder and owner of CREG, explained in a statement. “We are focused on executing our development plan and making this project site-ready as quickly as possible to respond to the e-commerce and warehouse/manufacturing demand.”

The cost of the project was not disclosed. The developers hope to finish it by summer 2016.

Image via Chesapeake Real Estate Group

Johns Hopkins Breaks Ground on $100M Cancer Center

21 Sep 2015, 9:33 am

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building

Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center broke ground this month on a new cancer care building on one of the highest elevations in East Baltimore. The $100 million Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building is named after Albert P. “Skip” Viragh Jr., a Maryland mutual fund investment leader and philanthropist who was treated for pancreatic cancer at Johns Hopkins and who died of the disease in 2003. The new center is expected to open in late 2017.

Located on the northeast corner of Fayette Street and North Broadway, the 184,000-square-foot facility will house diagnostic and treatment planning services and multidisciplinary clinics, and will provide treatment to patients with solid tumors. The Under Armour Breast Health Innovation Center will also be located on the top floor of the 10-story building. It will offer breast health services, including nutritional counseling, fitness evaluation and survivorship services.

The construction of the project is financed entirely with the help of donations. These include a $65 million gift in honor of Skip Viragh and a $10 million gift from Under Armour. Both donations are part of Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins, an initiative that aims to raise $4.5 billion for students, research and discovery, and interdisciplinary solutions to some of humanity’s most important problems. Targeted for completion in 2017, the campaign has already gathered more than $3.29 billion.

Photo credit: Ayers Saint Gross Architects

Teriyaki Madness Hits Maryland

16 Sep 2015, 10:57 am

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Valley Village

Valley Village

A popular restaurant is about to open its first location in the state of Maryland. Teriyaki Madness has recently signed a lease for space at Valley Village, in the Owings Mills section of Baltimore County and plans to open its doors to the public in early 2016.

Teriyaki Madness’ new home is an office and retail project located at 9199 Reisterstown Rd. The complex is managed by David S. Brown Enterprises and offers 55,000 square feet of office space on two levels, and 48,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. The property is surrounded by a free surface parking lot.

Ken Bernstein of David S. Brown Enterprises represented the landlord in the transaction, while Suzanne Katz of H & R Retail represented the new tenant. Teriyaki Madness, called the “Chipotle of Japanese food” by some, will join other existing tenants at Valley Village. These include Lenny’s Delicatessen, COSI, Next Day Blinds and Bernard Shear Optical.

“Teriyaki Madness offers the ideal eat-and-go restaurant concept for this section of Reisterstown Road, which is surrounded by dense residential sections as well as numerous office buildings and business communities,” Ken Bernstein said in a statement. “Consumers are attracted to this new-style restaurant brand that offers a variety of choices, a fast-casual setting and fresh ingredients.”

Image via David S. Brown Enterprises

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