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Old February 16th, 2007, 06:30 PM   #1001
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Today's good news is:

Ethan Allen Furniture is coming to Harbor East on the first floor of the new Elm (AKA Eden) building.

Edgar's Pool Hall is leaving the Verizon Building and heading to the West Side of Downtown due to new Version building retail and office renovations.

Brown's Arcade has been sold and more retail is expected to move in.
Any idea where on the West Side Edgars is moving? They just opened Bedrock Billiards over there last year. Might hurt business at both places if they're too close to each other.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 08:13 PM   #1002
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Old February 16th, 2007, 08:48 PM   #1003
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those r some hot shots of inner harbor east. will look even hotter in 2010.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 09:41 PM   #1004
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I remember their was an article about Mondawin Mall being renovated if so that's great also I recently went to Mondawin Mall like a couple of weeks it's a huge urban mall much larger than any mall in DC. I like the stores there lots of selections also I got lost coming out there Baltimore has a lot of confusing streets. Also you downtown is larger than DC's downtown.
What a delusional statement. Washington's downtown is the third largest business district in the nation.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 09:51 PM   #1005
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I'm talking about size and area. Also remember Baltimore is larger than DC and they have a larger population in their downtown section. So that's not delusional what city are you from and where are you from? I agree DC has a large business but I'm strictly talking about size not Business so you might be delusional. Wow I have'nt been on this site in ages and a square tries to attack me I love it!!! Also I think Baltimore is a beautiful and those who bash it are ignorant!
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Old February 16th, 2007, 10:09 PM   #1006
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What a delusional statement. Washington's downtown is the third largest business district in the nation.

17 posts in 3 years..........and he comes out swinging

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Old February 16th, 2007, 10:11 PM   #1007
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Perhaps the 400+ feet figure for the Marriott was the original height when the building was first proposed at 50 stories.
Gsol, I think the "original" height for the Wyndham Hotel on that location was 505 ft. or 515 ft. tall. I don't think there was a different Marriott proposal at a higher elevation. I may be wrong.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 10:16 PM   #1009
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Aerotropolis takes off
Plan to put BWI at center of development gains county support
By Phillip McGowan
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Originally published February 16, 2007

One day soon at the state's largest airport, people may watch planes taking off from their bedroom window, head downstairs to shop at the town center or to get some work done at the office. Maybe they will catch the light rail to Hunt Valley, take the train to New York or fly to Europe.

If the vision of Anne Arundel County John R. Leopold comes true, dramatic, high-density development will blend with a regional transit hub based at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, forming an urban-style enclave known as an Aerotropolis.

As a projected million new people move to Maryland in the next two decades, he said, an Aerotropolis will help control growth by promoting mass transit and pedestrian-friendly living - and will give local government the revenue to operate under a voter-mandated tax cap.

"That kind of development, that mixed-use, transit-oriented development, is a vision ... I intend to pursue," Leopold said in a recent interview. "It's energy-saving; it's environmentally friendly; it's responsive to the political and growth realities that we face in the 21st century."

Aerotropolis, a term coined by University of North Carolina professor John Kasarda, is the vision of building large cities around airports, which are emerging as centers of commerce and entertainment. Bangkok, Dubai, Denver and Detroit have embraced the concept, building or planning to build mega-airports that are cities unto themselves.

Leopold's vision would expand on the town-center concept, such as Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole and Park Place in Annapolis, and focus condos, apartments, hotels, retail, offices around BWI.

He says he was inspired to press for transit-oriented development by separate multimillion-dollar transit-oriented developments proposed along MARC train lines in Odenton and Savage, the latter on the Howard County-Anne Arundel line, as well as the new Metrorail line to Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia.

But the broader concept of Aerotropolis has taken off under Asha Cos. of Howard County and Heffner & Weber Cos. of Linthicum, which have proposed building four hotels, a 110,000-square-foot indoor aquatic center and a 120,000-square-foot town center along the Interstate 195 corridor in Linthicum, in the BWI Business District.

Mitchell Weber, president of Heffner & Weber Cos., said Leopold's support is clearing the way for county planners' approval. Weber anticipates that construction on the $300 million project will begin this summer and be complete by 2009, although the Asha developers are still seeking approvals to build homes.

Weber said the Asha project would create $150 million in tax revenue for the state over 10 years, and the county's share would exceed $90 million.

Weber said he is in talks with others who own property along I-195 to create future phases of what he's already been calling Aerotropolis.

The county would stand to gain an 85,000-square-foot conference center - a facility long sought in Anne Arundel - in a resort hotel in the Aerotropolis.

Local and state officials envision that such projects could help finance the heavy expense of multi-billion-dollar mass transit projects, such as the extension of the Washington-area Metro Green Line from Greenbelt to BWI, along with other public ventures.

Weber, who supports the estimated $2.5 billion Green Line extension, said the transportation component of the project is crucial to achieving the Aerotropolis theme.

"All of this ties together with putting BWI in a much more prominent position," Weber said.

Growth has become a top concern in Anne Arundel County and elsewhere in Central Maryland in recent years. An addition of at least 45,000 defense jobs to the state over the next four years is only exacerbating worries about already congested roads, storm-water runoff and poor air quality.


Some County Council members said directing growth toward transit centers in western Anne Arundel makes sense. The county has fewer than 6,400 acres of vacant, undeveloped land remaining for commercial and industrial use - and most of that land is around Fort Meade, which is slated to get at least 10,000 defense jobs by 2011, and BWI.

"That's just a continuation of a good philosophy," said Councilman Edward R. Reilly, a Crofton Republican.

Others are concerned about such a large urbanized development around BWI would stymie tourism in other parts of the county, including Annapolis.

"You get people to the airport, then you get them away from there because they will spend their money," said Councilman G. James "Jamie" Benoit, a Piney Orchard Democrat.

Leopold initially spoke about his vision for building Aerotropolis at a gathering of business leaders last month at BWI..

"I want to work closely and collaboratively with the private sector to accomplish my vision, to obtain that vision," Leopold said.

In a county that widely supports a revenue tax cap, which limits annual budget increases, Leopold says that he must support growth initiatives to keep the county fiscally afloat. Leopold ran on a no-new-taxes plank, and he recently rejected calls by the schools superintendent to raise the county income tax rate, which has been untouched for 40 years.

Benoit agreed with that proposition. He noted that since voters approved the tax cap in 1992, the county has incurred a $1.5 billion school maintenance backlog.

"The community has a decision to make: Do you want modest increases in taxes?" Benoit said.




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Old February 16th, 2007, 10:19 PM   #1010
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Design teams to present proposals for Pratt Street
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Originally published February 16, 2007


Four design teams vying for the right to redesign Baltimore's Pratt Street will present their preliminary concept plans at a free public forum.

The session is to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Room 327 of the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St.

Graphic representations of the plans will be available for inspection.

Each team will have 30 minutes to talk and then will answer questions for 10 minutes.

Written comments will be accepted.

Teams competing are Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore; EDSA of Columbia; Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects of Washington; and Hargreaves Associates of Cambridge, Mass.

Baltimore Development Corp., Downtown Partnership and the city's planning and transportation departments are sponsoring the contest, designed to reinvigorate a 16-block stretch of Pratt Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard east to President Street.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 10:25 PM   #1011
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Aerotropolis takes off
Plan to put BWI at center of development gains county support
By Phillip McGowan
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Originally published February 16, 2007

One day soon at the state's largest airport, people may watch planes taking off from their bedroom window, head downstairs to shop at the town center or to get some work done at the office. Maybe they will catch the light rail to Hunt Valley, take the train to New York or fly to Europe.

If the vision of Anne Arundel County John R. Leopold comes true, dramatic, high-density development will blend with a regional transit hub based at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, forming an urban-style enclave known as an Aerotropolis.

Weber, who supports the estimated $2.5 billion Green Line extension, said the transportation component of the project is crucial to achieving the Aerotropolis theme.

"All of this ties together with putting BWI in a much more prominent position," Weber said.
Hell yeah. This is extremely good news. Thank god Anny Runnel is smarter than HoCo and MoCo.

Holy crap this is such good news.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 10:25 PM   #1012
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Oh so this guy is a Baltimore basher like Mr. you know what!!!
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Old February 16th, 2007, 11:14 PM   #1013
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Check out this link: http://www.rwndevelopmentgroup.com/p...0Portfolio.pdf

It shows/talks about Richard Naing's older proposals. the original plans were to have two 29 story towers. now they will be 60+ story towers.
this summer we are going to probably see some prelims. Can't wait for those.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 11:16 PM   #1014
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Design teams to present proposals for Pratt Street
Metro Digest
Originally published February 16, 2007


Four design teams vying for the right to redesign Baltimore's Pratt Street will present their preliminary concept plans at a free public forum.

The session is to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Room 327 of the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St.

Graphic representations of the plans will be available for inspection.

Each team will have 30 minutes to talk and then will answer questions for 10 minutes.

Written comments will be accepted.

Teams competing are Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore; EDSA of Columbia; Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects of Washington; and Hargreaves Associates of Cambridge, Mass.

Baltimore Development Corp., Downtown Partnership and the city's planning and transportation departments are sponsoring the contest, designed to reinvigorate a 16-block stretch of Pratt Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard east to President Street.
Damn...I'd really like to go to this, but I dont usually get out of the office until 5:30 or so. Would it be frowned upon if I didnt come in until 6 or so?
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Old February 16th, 2007, 11:42 PM   #1015
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I'm talking about size and area. Also remember Baltimore is larger than DC and they have a larger population in their downtown section. So that's not delusional what city are you from and where are you from? I agree DC has a large business but I'm strictly talking about size not Business so you might be delusional. Wow I have'nt been on this site in ages and a square tries to attack me I love it!!! Also I think Baltimore is a beautiful and those who bash it are ignorant!
In terms of physical area, DC's downtown is more than twice as large as Baltimore's (2.3 sq miles vs 1.09 sq miles) and in terms of office space, it's more than triple the size. Both are growing but because of the fed presence, DC's is usually growing faster. Sorry, just have to stand up for stats. I can't comment on the residential pictures but both downtown B'more's and DC's residential populations are on the verge of exploding.
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Aerotropolis takes off
Plan to put BWI at center of development gains county support
By Phillip McGowan
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Originally published February 16, 2007

One day soon at the state's largest airport, people may watch planes taking off from their bedroom window, head downstairs to shop at the town center or to get some work done at the office. Maybe they will catch the light rail to Hunt Valley, take the train to New York or fly to Europe.
This will be fantastic for growth in this part of the state. Smack dab in the middle of the Balt/Wash metroplex. As long as planners and developers can keep the density high to save land, this is a great vision for growth in MD. The state should make it easier for businesses to locate operations near the airport so that this type of project will be a sure success. I don't know what the current laws around the airport are, but things such as creating a TOD-like enterprise zone around the airport in the area targeted for growth could be an option. This would lower taxes for businesses, especially small and fast-growing businesses, and raise density restrictions on numbers of new residences and building heights. If the county and even the state can harness this type of targeted planning for the BRAC issue, that would be even better.

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Old February 17th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #1017
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New MTA Administrator...

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From the Baltimore Sun

Wiedefeld tapped to head MTA
Former top executive at BWI managed airport's $1.8 billion expansion




By Michael Dresser
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February 16, 2007, 4:46 PM EST

The O'Malley administration today turned to Paul J. Wiedefeld, the former top executive at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, to head the Maryland Transit Administration.

Wiedefeld, who has been working in the private sector since 2005, is yet another top hire of the Glendening administration to be recruited for a new tour of duty under O'Malley.

The announcement was made by acting Secretary of Transportation John Porcari, who hired Wiedefeld for the airport job in 2002 during Porcari's previous term as head of the department.

Besides his tenure at the airport, Wiedefeld has extensive experience in mass transit. While serving as chief executive of the Maryland Aviation Administration under then-Govs. Parris N. Glendening and Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., he managed the airport's $1.8 billion expansion. He succeeds Lisa Dickerson, an Ehrlich administration appointee who stepped down last week.

Porcari noted that Wiedefeld has recently been involved in studies of two important Maryland mass transit proposals: the east-west Red Line through Baltimore and an extension of the Washington Metro's Green Line from Greenbelt to BWI.

Since leaving the airport job, Wiedefeld has been a senior vice president with the international transportation consulting firm PB.
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Old February 17th, 2007, 02:14 AM   #1018
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Words cannot express this great news. This is what I've been hoping would be planned for BWI, it is already a competitive area.

Why can't Montgomery County government have this kind of mentality instead of the "Slow Growth/No Growth" Parade?

Anne Arundel could very well be the next economic engine, at the rate they are going leaving Montgomery in the dust.
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This will be fantastic for growth in this part of the state. Smack dab in the middle of the Balt/Wash metroplex. As long as planners and developers can keep the density high to save land, this is a great vision for growth in MD. The state should make it easier for businesses to locate operations near the airport so that this type of project will be a sure success. I don't know what the current laws around the airport are, but things such as creating a TOD-like enterprise zone around the airport in the area targeted for growth could be an option. This would lower taxes for businesses, especially small and fast-growing businesses, and raise density restrictions on numbers of new residences and building heights. If the county and even the state can harness this type of targeted planning for the BRAC issue, that would be even better.
Zoning is critical to this project, allowing for a FAR of 3 or greater, emphasis should be put on commercial instead of residential (we are close to an airport afterall). If not we will simply end up with another Columbia.
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Check out this link: http://www.rwndevelopmentgroup.com/p...0Portfolio.pdf

It shows/talks about Richard Naing's older proposals. the original plans were to have two 29 story towers. now they will be 60+ story towers.
this summer we are going to probably see some prelims. Can't wait for those.
Thank god some of the predictions in that report didn't come true. It estimated the city's population at 627,000 for 2005, for example. I remain skeptical about this project, particularly because of its location, but I wish him all the best. By the way, 60 floors is ridiculous, and it most certainly won't be 60+. There's no market for that many apartments or condominums that far north of the harbor. If I had to bet, I'd say 30-35 floors elevated above street-level retail and perhaps 7-10 floors of parking.
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