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January 2014 Archives

Easements expand land trust's holdings, ensure donors' legacies

The state Department of Natural Resources reported recently that the Maryland Environmental Trust received three conservation easements in 2013. The easements add 211 acres to the land trust's nearly 130,000 acres of protected lands. By granting the easements, the property owners have ensured that development will not mar the beauty or interfere with the ecosystems of these pieces of southern Maryland.

Class A office space: If you build it, will tenants come?

When a family with strong ties to Anne Arundel County broke ground for a new building on West Street in Annapolis, they also broke a long dry spell of speculative office construction. The Annapolis Town Center was the last spec office project here, and that opened in 2008.

Storm water runoff fee teed up for debate in General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly is in session again, and just about everyone believes that the storm water remediation fee -- the infamous "rain tax" -- will be back on the agenda. And lawmakers are feeling the pressure from all sides of the issue.

CRE Forecast: Hotels with a chance of apartment buildings

It's January already, and that means we can start figuring out if economists' and commercial real estate experts' predictions for 2014 were accurate. While we aren't far into January, we can at least start thinking about all the forecasts, especially while the weather here is so wintry.