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December 2012 Archives

Owners improve shopping malls but won't build new ones in 2013

About 10 years ago, commercial real estate professionals were involved in a heated debate. The subject was how much damage Internet shopping would do to the retail market -- would America go for clicks over bricks?

Maryland school board notices notice flaw in school site hearing

The Maryland State Board of Education recently sent a school site decision back to Baltimore County. The local board had voted to take over a 20-acre city park to build an elementary school in a public hearing on March 19, 2012. However, the board had not properly advertised the hearing, the state said, so residents were not able to air their opinions about the site selection.

Moe's v Chipotle: Is Annapolis big enough for the two of 'em?

The Annapolis Board of Appeals heard from representatives of Moe's Southwest Grill and the national franchise Chipotle recently regarding the latter's request to assume the special exception the board granted to the business that used to be at the proposed Chipotle location. Chipotle wants to serve alcohol at 36 Market Space, in the city's historic district, just as its predecessor, Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers, did.

Town has plan for neglected properties; would Maryland follow suit? 2

We are discussing how one community outside of Maryland is dealing with commercial real estate owners who allow their properties to deteriorate. A recent news article highlighted two such properties that the town would like to condemn under the state's eminent domain laws. When we left off in our last post, we were talking about the first property, a diner that has been closed since 2008.