28-acre mixed-use center coming to Annapolis

St. John Properties, Inc. broke ground recently for a 28-acre mixed-use business center called Annapolis Commons.

The development will hold five Class “A” single- and two-story speculative buildings with a total of 227,000 square feet of space. The first phase, a two-story 63,000-square-foot office building and a single-story 32,000-square-foot office building, is expected to be delivered early next year.

The project is located off of Harry S. Truman Parkway Riva Road in Anne Arundel County, near another St. John development, Annapolis Technology Park, which includes a smorgasbord of fast-food offerings that includes Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, the Crab Cake Café, Jake’s Wayback Burgers.

When completed, Annapolis Commons will have two single-story office buildings with 30,000 square feet of Class “A” office space and three two-story office buildings with more than 160,000 square feet of Class “A” office space.

“Our research shows an emerging demand for Class ‘A’ office space within the Annapolis marketplace due to the lack of new construction projects over the past several years, coupled with the emergence of new economic drivers including cyber-security initiatives,” Jerry Wit, a St. John executive, said in a statement.

“The initiation of Annapolis Commons demonstrates our confidence in the long-term commercial office environment in Anne Arundel County, and responds to the requirements of corporate end-users for highly-flexible, professional and strategically-positioned office product.”

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Mark your calendar: Local landscape architect Scott C. Scarfone, founder of Oasis Design Group, will present a forum on March 13 called “Ecologically Sustainable Development: The Future of Landscape Management.”

The event will be held at the National Facilities Management & Technology Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center, beginning at 10 a.m.Register for the conference at www.nfmt.com.

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The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled this week that the controversial redevelopment of a site in Remington to include a Wal-Mart — stalled for years because of a zoning battle — can proceed.

The court ruled that Benn Ray and Brendan Coyne, who live near 25th and Howard Streets near the proposed 25th Street Station project are not entitled to file an appeal of the rezoning set by the City Council two years ago.

The developers, WV Urban Developments LLC, had originally planned to include a Lowe’s home improvement store in the development. But the chain dropped out of the project two years ago, citing the recession.

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The Super Bowl-bound Ravens have several real estate angles — off the playing field.

An eccentric “52-meatball salute” in honor of Ray Lewis helped kick off the opening of Buca di Beppo, a new restaurant at White Marsh Mall this week.

The eatery holds 250 diners and has created 85 new jobs in Baltimore County, officials said.

The menu includes “meatballs as big as your head, lasagna, spaghetti, spicy chicken rigatoni and veal saltimbocca.

In other news, a series of regional sendoffs for the men in purple begins on Monday at 10 a.m. at Harborplace when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosts a citywide pep rally.

In Harford County, the sendoff will be at noon on Feb. 1 with music, food, face painting and a prize given for the “best dressed Ravens fan.”

No details were available on Baltimore County’s pep rally — just some smack talk from County Executive about how the team is really based in the county because its training facility and offices are based in Owings Mills.

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TIDBITS: Southern Wine & Spirits, based in Miami, has leased a 2,500-square foot office in Salisbury. The facility will be located at 1607 Northwood Dr. and will be used for sales, administration and training. Southern Wine & Spirits has a presence in 35 states. John McClellan, of Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate, helped to facilitate the deal … A meeting will be held by the Friends of Herring Run Park on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ray of Hope Baptist Church in Lauraville to discuss upcoming plans to close the Harford Road bridge for major repairs … The Elite Skills Sports Clinic in Baltimore was recently selected to receive a grant from Ravens running back Ray Rice’s Ray of Hope Foundation for new equipment … The Urban Land Institute District Councils of Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia and the Central Maryland Transit Alliance will host a regional transit-oriented development forum on Feb. 13 at 7:30 a.m. at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve … Mark Feb. 19-20 for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ 2013 Mid-Atlantic Conference & Deal Making to be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor… Owen Rouse Jr., a senior vice president and director of capital markets for Manekin, LLC/CORFAC International, has been appointed to a three-year term on the 20-member Johns Hopkins Bayview Safety Advisory Board.

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