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Real Estate Weekly: Thomson Reuters opens Woodlawn office

Leases, news and notes from Maryland's commercial real estate industry

Thomson Reuters has opened an office in Woodlawn to accommodate the growth of its business with federal health care customers.

The company said more than 25 employees will be based in the new office, which is less than a mile from the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a Thomson Reuters customer for more than two decades.

Thomson Reuters provides software, data, and consulting services for Medicare and Medicaid projects for CMS and CMS contractors. Other federal agency customers include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Wall Street Institute expands to Nicaragua

Wall Street Institute of Baltimore, a provider of English language instruction for individuals and corporate clients, has opened a learning center in Nicaragua.

The company said the new center, located in the main business district of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, is the first in a series of centers planned for Central America.

Wall Street Institute currently operates over 400 centers in 27 countries, including China, Russia and the Czech Republic.

Whelley returning to Md. to head transportation group

Michele L. Whelley, former president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and more recently CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, effective June 21.

Whelley, a Baltimore native, has more than 20 years of business development and management experience, including working as a senior executive with Colliers Pinkard’s Real Estate Strategic Advisory Group. She also held a high post with the Baltimore Development Corp.

She succeeds Otis Rolley III, who left the CMTA in February to join a private company in Baltimore. The CMTA is a privately funded organization founded in 2007 to advocate for transportation projects in and around Baltimore.

New Charm City Circulator route starts June 7

The new north-south route of the Charm City Circulator will officially begin running at 10 a.m. Monday, according to Michael Evitts, the director of communications for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

Buses will run from the Cross Street Market in Federal Hill to Penn Station, picking up and letting off passengers at designated points in the central business district.

The route is the second of three planned lines of the Charm City Circulator, which offers free rides on hybrid electric bus shuttles to both residents and visitors.

SunEdison, Staples Inc. team on solar energy system

SunEdison LLC of Beltsville, a provider of solar energy services, announced this week the activation of a 1.1 megawatt solar system on the roof of a Staples Inc. distribution center in La Mirada, Calif.

SunEdison financed, constructed, owns and operates the new solar power facility, which covers more than 300,000 square feet of roof space. The system will produce nearly 2 million kilowatt hours of energy annually and more than 30 million kilowatt hours over the next 20 years, enough to power more than 2,800 average U.S. homes for one year.

SunEdison has 32 solar power installations at sites owned by Staples, the largest office-supply chain in the U.S., including two in Maryland — in Hagerstown and Hanover.

The Week in Leases

  • General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics Corp., leased 10,000 square feet of space in a new single-story office building within the Government and Technology Enterprise, or GATE, project at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The company is relocating a core team from Fort Monmouth, N.J., in connection with military units moving from Monmouth to Aberdeen as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process, and plans to move this summer. The GATE project, a 413-acre business community located immediately inside Aberdeen Proving Ground’s main entrance, is being developed by St. John Properties Inc.
  • Owings Mills Mall announced a tenant agreement with The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille. The casual restaurant/sports bar will open a 7,156-square-foot, free-standing restaurant at the mall’s Restaurant Park, at the intersection of Owings Mills and Red Run boulevards, on June 9. Owings Mills Mall is owned by General Growth Properties Inc.

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