Real Estate Weekly: Dick’s Last Resort to join Power Plant restaurant menu

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Dick’s Last Resort, a Nashville-based restaurant chain, said it will open a 9,000-square-foot restaurant at the Power Plant in the Inner Harbor later this month.

The restaurant features “Dick’s Buckets o’ Grub,” barbeque and fried entrees served in actual metal buckets. There will be indoor and patio seating and also a soon-to-be-constructed dock on the pier. A stage inside the restaurant will offer live entertainment.

The restaurant is also looking for employees. DLR Restaurants LLC owns, operates and licenses all eight Dick’s Last Resort restaurants.

Y of Central Maryland opens Parkville facility

The Y of Central Maryland has opened its newest facility, the Parkville Family Center Y, at the North Plaza Shopping Center in Parkville, Baltimore County.

The 34,000-square-foot athletic center, built inside the shell of a former Gold’s Gym, features an indoor pool, strength training machines, cardio equipment, multipurpose rooms, a child’s play area, teen and senior center and sport court.

Marks, Thomas Architects of Baltimore designed the renovation.

CoStar Group honors ‘power’ brokers

The CoStar Group recognized five associates of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate LLC in May as 2009 CoStar Power Brokers.

They are Tom Fidler, Antony M. Gross, Terri Harrington, and Julio Purcell, for office leasing activity, and Tom Fidler and John Schultz for retail leasing activity. The Lutherville-based firm, which employs more than 30 brokers, was also a recipient of CoStar’s top sales and leasing awards.

The annual awards distinguish the “best of the best” in commercial real estate by spotlighting brokers who closed the highest transaction volumes in commercial property sales or leases for the year.

Architecture firm wins government design projects

Gant Brunnett Architects of Baltimore was selected to develop designs for major improvements to facilities at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center/Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel for the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Among the tasks that GBA will undertake is designing renovations to the existing 62,000-square-foot Gabrielson research building, in combination with a 44,000-square-foot addition to house new research laboratory space. Plans call for the improvements to be submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED certification.

GBA also said it completed construction on $2.1 million worth of improvements to the outdoor terrace of the Baltimore Convention Center. The project involved the conversion of the existing terrace structure into a “green” roof that incorporates trees, shrubs, flower beds and an herb garden in a strategy designed to save energy and enhance the environment.

Other features include a space-frame shading device covered in plant materials, outdoor dining spaces and artwork. Floura Teeter was the landscape architect on the project, Carroll Engineering handled structural engineering and Johnson Consultants was the mechanical electrical engineer.

Downtown development report available online

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore said its 2009 Development Report, a comprehensive review of commercial development in downtown Baltimore, is available for download at www.GoDowntownBaltimore.com.

The nonprofit corporation, which represents downtown property interests, annually tracks and records data on all completed, under construction and planned projects within a one-mile radius of Pratt Street and Light Street.

Despite the national economic slowdown, more than $536 million worth of development projects were delivered in 2009, the group said, with an additional $4.3 billion in various stages of development through 2010 and beyond.

Praying for sunshine in College Park

What is believed to be the first community-funded solar energy system in the U.S. will be dedicated Saturday at a ceremony at the Church of the Brethren in University Park, about a mile south of the University of Maryland, College Park campus.

The 22-kilowatt-hour solar energy system was designed and installed on the church’s roof by Gaithersburg-based Standard Solar Inc. The project was funded by 36 community members who formed the University Park Community Solar LLC.

The system — a staple of the green building strategies that are gaining momentum in the commercial real estate industry — will supply electricity to the church, which will purchase power from UPCS at a prescribed rate. Excess energy will be supplied to the electrical grid.

Trout Daniel aids Five Guys Burgers & Fries expansion

Trout Daniel & Associates, a Timonium-based, full-service commercial real estate company, recently brokered the purchase of a 6,000-square-foot retail space for Five Guys Burgers & Fries at a site in Salisbury.

Trout Daniel’s Jonathan Garritt represented the buyer, Mike McLaughlin, a regional Five Guys franchisee.  Wesley Cox of Sperry Van Ness represented the seller.

According to Garritt, what made the location especially appealing to the buyer was that it is directly across the street from a new mixed-use development, Seagull Square, that will include a 600-bed student dorm for Salisbury University students, and which is expected to open next year.

Federal helping hand for BCCC

Federal largesse continues to flow into Maryland: Baltimore City Community College is slated to receive $1 million in Obama administration economic stimulus funds to expand its weatherization job training center.

The funds will enable BCCC to provide training to 200 low-income, unemployed or underemployed individuals, who will learn how to weatherize both residential and commercial properties to boost energy efficiency and cost savings.

WRIT acquires two Va. office buildings for $68M

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust of Rockville said it paid $68 million to purchase two four-story, Class A office buildings in Stafford, Va.

The buildings are located in the Quantico Corporate Center, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico. They are fully occupied by 14 tenants, primarily military and government contractors.

WRIT said it sees future demand coming from both existing Marine Corps operations, and a 719,000-square-foot military investigative agencies building under construction nearby, which is expected to bring more than 2,650 new jobs to the base.

ICore comes to Columbia

ICore Networks Inc., a McLean, Va.-based telecommunications company, said it has opened a field office – its first ever – in Columbia.

The company said it has more than 5,000 users in the region and established the office to provide a high level of customer support and grow the customer base within the mid-Atlantic market. ICore said it plans to have more than 50 employees on site by the end of 2010, with the ability to expand to up to 100 employees thereafter.

Howard County rolls out BRAC relocation program

Howard County has launched a campaign to assist individuals and families moving to the area due to the military Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, process.

County Executive Ken Ulman said the campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, will furnish both newcomers and existing residents with information about needed support services. These services include, among others, child care, work support for disabled persons, counseling for victims of violence or abuse, and helping older adults “age in place.”

Officials are trying to get the word out through printed materials and a new website, www.howardcountyfamilysupport.org.

The Week in Leases

  • bwtech@UMBC, a 71-acre research and technology community at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, announced that two tenants have moved to its Advantage Incubator. Technology Security Associates, which specializes in information security for weapons systems, mostly for the U.S. Navy, and Intellibit Systems, an IT services consulting company, are the new additions. Both are veteran-owned small businesses that provide technology services to both government and commercial clients. The Advantage Incubator hosts more than 30 early-stage high-tech and life science companies that are minority-, women- or veteran-owned.
  • Ceres Terminals Inc., a transportation service company providing stevedoring, marine terminal and cruise operations for ocean carriers, port authorities and cruise lines, has signed a lease for 12 additional acres at the Port of Baltimore’s Dundalk Marine Terminal. Ceres already leased five acres at Dundalk from the MPA and this new additional acreage gives Ceres the advantage to attract new roll-on, roll-off (ro/ro) and breakbulk customers.
  • Advertising agency Team Detroit signed a lease for 1,844 square feet of space at 729 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore. The team of Pat Franklin, Whit Levering and Lou Boeri with Merritt Properties represented their firm, the building owner, in the deal. 729 E. Pratt St. is on the corner of Pratt and President Streets. A $2 million renovation was recently completed at the building, which has 85,000 square feet of office space and 15,000 square feet for retail.
  • Edelman Financial Services LLC signed a lease for 2,438 square feet of space at 6011 University Blvd., the Columbia Corporate Park 100, in Ellicott City. Harry Klaff of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the tenant in the office deal. The Merritt Properties team of Jamie Campbell, Ridgely Bowman, Vince Bagli and Steve Shaw represented their firm, the landlord.

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