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Old May 23rd, 2007, 04:45 PM   #3801
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I feel like there's a decimal missing somewhere from that figure.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:18 PM   #3802
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any ideas on how boston street could be made into 4 lanes? seems like there is a lot of expensive real estate in that area, making that complicated.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:23 PM   #3803
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I agree that the key is mass transit. Trying to cross Boston St. now is already a death trap. I can't imagine crossing it if they widen it.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:54 PM   #3804
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any ideas on how boston street could be made into 4 lanes? seems like there is a lot of expensive real estate in that area, making that complicated.
Pretty sure they were referring to Boston Street east of Conkling, which is one lane in each direction (i.e. two lanes total) to about Haven, where it widens again near the I-95 interchange.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 06:10 PM   #3805
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Alright, everyone, here's a test: find the $212 billion line item ...
(This study really should be posted on the Dept. of Transportation'sweb site). Feh.

And, dammit BBJ, that should be "study's recommendations." Double feh.

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Projects exacerbate city traffic woes
Baltimore Business Journal - May 18, 2007
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Among the studies recommendations:

Either converting Fleet and Aliceanna streets to one-way streets between Boston and President streets or restricting parking on Eastern Avenue during rush hour;
Promoting the use of alternate routes through Canton and Fells Point, including Fayette and Orleans streets;
Removing mid-block traffic lights along Broadway;
Reconfiguring and widening President Street;
Improving the city's mass transportation system; and,
Prohibiting commercial truck parking on Central Avenue during certain times.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 06:19 PM   #3806
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Baltimore Business Journal - May 18, 2007by Daniel J. SernovitzStaff

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As a long-term fix, the city expects to spend about $212 billion on transportation projects. Those include possibly extending the proposed Red Line, an east-to-west rail line, into the area...
Has rail been chosen over BRT or is the BBJ just making an assumption?
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 06:27 PM   #3807
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Under Armour extends lease

Under Armour has extended the lease at its Hull Street headquarters in South Baltimore to 2012, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company also signed an option agreement to renew the lease for an additional two years and gets 19,267-square-feet of expansion space, bringing its total space to 69,252 square feet.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 06:51 PM   #3808
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Has rail been chosen over BRT or is the BBJ just making an assumption?
No decision yet. Probably since the DoT study was looking at congestion, they rolled the rail line into their $212B number and the BBJ picked up on that.

Prediction: any recommendations for additional surface transportation, including buses, light rail, trollies, or even paired one-way streets will draw a vigorous fight from residents, now matter how congested the area gets.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 07:08 PM   #3809
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Has rail been chosen over BRT or is the BBJ just making an assumption?
at a party 2 weeks ago i met a man who works for the state dept of transportation. we got talking about the red line and said it would be rail. right now they are looking at what he reffered to as a "low load" rail cars (or something to that manor). these rail cars are being used in denver and portland and basically the floor of the car is just a few inches above road level making for easier on and off. how firm and accurate is this info? anyone's guess. he was a nice enough guy although i can be sure he wasn't just pushing his own cause!
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 08:36 PM   #3810
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Under Armour has extended the lease at its Hull Street headquarters in South Baltimore to 2012, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company also signed an option agreement to renew the lease for an additional two years and gets 19,267-square-feet of expansion space, bringing its total space to 69,252 square feet.

69,252 Square Feet? And out of curiousity, how much square feet is the Legg Mason building on 100 Light Street? Anyone?
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 08:49 PM   #3811
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... how much square feet is the Legg Mason building on 100 Light Street? Anyone?
Bueller?

565,000 s.f. (LM occupies about 65 percent).

Data here. Scroll down to "Clients"
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 09:16 PM   #3812
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Under Armour just expanded their lease to take over all of the former Webvan Buidling which I think is somewhere around 450,000 sf.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 10:44 PM   #3813
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Under Armour just expanded their lease to take over all of the former Webvan Building which I think is somewhere around 450,000 sf.
346K s.f.. If that was office and not distribution, they'd be a natural for the Legg Mason tower.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 10:54 PM   #3814
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They were trying to put them into the old Monkey Wards building at one time but UA wasn't interested.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 11:30 PM   #3815
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Charm City Bowl on horizon?

BALTIMORE (Map, News) - Could a major college bowl game be coming to Baltimore? It’s very possible, and, despite still needing three key ingredients, a local executive told The Examiner today, “We’re interested.”

A new bowl game could be played at M&T Bank Stadium in the third week of December in 2008.

“We think it would be a great addition to the area to do a December game,” Ravens senior vice president of business ventures Dennis Mannion said. “We’re kicking the tires.”

Mannion said the Ravens aren’t “pursuing” a bowl game, but are performing “due diligence.” In order to be established, a bowl would need three components — an agreement with a television network, a title sponsor, and both primary and secondary agreements with NCAA conferences.

The next step is to lock up conferences — ideally those located on the East Coast — for the potential bowl game.

Baltimore would serve as a unique home for a bowl, as an outdoor venue in a cold-weather December locale.

Mannion did say that Baltimore does “have weather situations, but historically we’ve caught decent breaks,” in December.

There are more events on the horizon for the Camden Yards complex in 2008. Representatives from the MLS and D.C. United will meet with Ravens officials within the next two weeks about a potential game or series next summer.

In all likelihood, the SuperLiga — an eight-team tournament featuring MLS and Mexican league teams — could call M&T Bank Stadium home for a game or more.

M&T Bank Stadium seats 70,107 at capacity, but could be limited to roughly 30,000 lower-bowl seats to create a more intimate, soccer-friendly atmosphere.


This would be magnificant. Terrific. Splendid and stupendous.

The Charm City Bowl. I mean if there a GalleryFurniture.com Bowl, surely we could host one.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 01:58 AM   #3816
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Harbor East/Point is best project right now

What happens in Vegas helps business
Developers, retailers meet at annual ‘must-attend’ event
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Unless 300 East Pratt and 10 Inner Harbor get going soon, my attention will be on Harbor East/Point. We might have Wisconsin Avenue or Newbury St in 5-10 years .

May 23, 2007 6:35 PM
LAS VEGAS — A television screen shows a bird’s-eye view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, slowly sweeping over the shoreline to reveal the vacant peninsula called Harbor Point that once housed Allied Signal’s chromium plant.

Then, one by one, buildings begin to materialize on the vacant land. A dense development appears to have replaced the old Baltimore industrial site.

Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse created the elaborate computer program to advertise the mixed-use project it has planned for Harbor Point to the 50,000 retailers and other professionals assembled in Las Vegas this week. The Baltimore development firm is one of about 30 Maryland companies gathered for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ spring trade show, which has become an ostentatious, must-attend event for those looking for retail business.
“It’s the one time of year where everyone in the real estate industry is in the same place, the same building,” said Bob Rubenkonig, a spokesman for Struever Bros. “It’s about building recognition.”

Developers, shopping mall chains, brokerage houses and just about every other retail-related business have constructed huge, eye-catching displays that fill up three massive halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Numerous booths pack the rooms, which are organized by lettered and numbered aisles, or streets, to help attendees navigate through the maze.

Governments, too, including Maryland and Baltimore City, have set up stations to attract these retail businesses and the billions of tax dollars that they represent.

Struever Bros. has attended the Las Vegas convention for five years, but only in the last two has it created its own station. The television screen advertising Harbor Point and the company’s other Inner Harbor development, Harbor East, is the centerpiece of the posh, wood-paneled space Struever Bros. set up.

Inside the booth, visitors can sit at round tables or lounge on brown leather sofas to learn more about what the company has to offer. Struever Bros. also offers refreshments and a gift bag, which includes the high-end soap and soap dish guests will use inside the Four Seasons Hotel that the company is building at Harbor East.

“It’s important to create a brand,” Rubenkonig said.

The marketing effort appears to have worked, with Struever Bros. receiving heavy traffic. Tiffany’s, the high-end jewelry chain, stopped by and expressed interest in Baltimore, Rubenkonig said. Representatives of a few restaurants, including a new concept by the Cheesecake Factory, also visited Struever Bros.

Other Maryland companies had booths scattered around the room, including H&R Retail, Greenberg Gibbons, Williams Jackson Ewing and St. John Properties.

“Our leasing people tell us that this event represents about 30
percent of our business for the year,” said James C. “Chip” DiPaula Jr., chief operating officer of Petrie Ross Ventures, an Annapolis-based developer that had its display just down the hall from Struever Bros.

Petri Ross’ booth included a 15-foot-long model of the company’s planned Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden, a mixed-use development in Prince George’s County that the company plans to begin by early fall. Behind the Woodmore model, Petrie Ross had a smaller mock-up of its planned Greenbelt Station project, a mixed-use development around the Greenbelt Metro station

Behind the displays, the company had rooms where executives and leasing agents meet with potential tenants or financiers of the project.

“This is the place where you come to either finalize or make big steps in your deals,” DiPaula said.

DiPaula declined to say which companies Petrie Ross had met with, although Walter Petrie, company chairman, admitted to negotiations with Home Depot.

A few aisles down from Petrie Ross, Greenberg Gibbons Commercial had a similar display of its Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole project.

“This gives us a chance to have a model in once place where everyone can see it ... some who might not have seen it otherwise,” said Thomas Fitzpatrick, Greenberg Gibbons’ chief operating officer.

The convention also offers a personal touch, which William C. Holzman, director of leasing for Baltimore’s Continental Realty Corp., said can present opportunities with companies from other states that remote communication cannot achieve.

“I like getting a face with a name,” Holzman said. “This is our opportunity to do in person what we really can’t over the phone or e-mail.”

But the convention is not just about booths and meetings. It is also about after-hours parties, schmoozing over beer, wine and often expensive foods.

On Monday night, Maryland hosted a 200-guest reception for Gov. Martin O’Malley at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. Also that night, a group of Maryland developers threw a party at the Wynn Hotel that drew nearly 800 guests, and Struever Bros. held a much smaller reception with an open bar at its booth on Tuesday night as the trade show was closing for the day.

General Growth Properties, the Chicago-based mall owner that in 2004 purchased the Rouse Co., held a grand affair at the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas strip, also on Tuesday night.

Critics have in the past raised eyebrows at such parties, in which developers and public officials mingle in such an intimate setting with relatively little oversight.

Clarence T. Bishop, Maryland’s deputy secretary of business and economic development, countered that argument by citing the fact that many “deals either emanate or are concluded at the ICSC convention.”

“The state of Maryland cannot afford not to be there and not to be there as a player,” he said.


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Old May 24th, 2007, 04:45 AM   #3817
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Old May 24th, 2007, 05:05 AM   #3818
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Glad you are back Steve!!

You basically started the Baltimore site.

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Old May 24th, 2007, 05:24 AM   #3819
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Alright, everyone, here's a test: find the $212 billion line item ...
(This study really should be posted on the Dept. of Transportation'sweb site). Feh.

And, dammit BBJ, that should be "study's recommendations." Double feh.
$212 Billion is about the right number to fix all of the transportation needs around here (with a smattering left over for a new Bay Bridge) but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 05:43 AM   #3820
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Its nice to see some development news picking up.I am hoping the whole Harbor Point thing gets going this year....212 billion that would be ~40k for every living soul in the state of Maryland!I think they dropped a decimal as well.
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