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Real Estate Weekly: New townhome community, Towson Green, underway

SuperBookDeals purchases office building in Columbia

SuperBookDeals, an online book seller and the second-largest distribution facilitator for Amazon.com, has purchased a two-story office building at 6310 Stevens Forest Road in Columbia, it was announced by Cassidy Turley, the real estate company that represented the buyer.

The 13,400-square-foot building on 1.4 acres sold for $2.1 million. Glenelg-based SuperBookDeals plans to use most of the building as its headquarters. Charlie Fenwick and Nancy Martin of Cassidy Turley represented SuperBookDeals.

Greg Friedman of AGM Commercial Real Estate represented the seller, Stevens Forest Road LLC.

Jake’s Wayback Burgers to open at Annapolis Technology Park

Jake’s Wayback Burgers, a Newark, Del.-based restaurant company that operates nearly 30 locations in eight states, has selected Annapolis Technology Park as the site of its second restaurant in Maryland.

Jake’s Wayback Burgers has leased 1,315 square feet at 2625 Riva Road, where it plans to open this fall. Owned and developed by St. John Properties Inc., Annapolis Technology Park is a 130,000-square-foot, mixed-use project located at the intersection of Riva Road and Harry S Truman Parkway, approximately five miles from downtown Annapolis.

This is the second fast-casual restaurant to sign a lease with St. John Properties within the last few weeks. In April, A&M Hospitality of King of Prussia, Pa., a franchisee for Gino’s Burgers & Chicken, agreed to occupy a 3,500-square-foot space at St. John Properties’ Maryland Executive Park in Towson for its first restaurant in the Baltimore area.

Jones Lang LaSalle selected to lease Frederick office project

Heritage Properties Inc., a Towson-based commercial real estate development and management company, has retained Jones Lang LaSalle to lease a four-story, Class A office building under construction in Frederick.

The first phase of the 120,765-square-foot project, called 327 Ballenger Center, is set for completion within nine months. Among its features will be a fitness center with private locker rooms and showers, and green amenities such as bicycle racks, a white reflective roof and water conserving plumbing elements.

The site ultimately could offer 400,000 square feet of office space in a campus-like environment. Jones Lang LaSalle Senior Vice President Bernie McCarthy and Assistant Vice President Amanda Davis will lead the leasing effort.

Hogan Cos. completes sale of foreclosed Cambridge project

The Hogan Cos. of Annapolis, a land brokerage firm, announced that it completed the sale of The Residences at River Marsh, an unfinished, 357-unit, waterfront residential and golf course community surrounding the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, in Cambridge.

Hogan was the exclusive listing agent for the project’s owners, a consortium consisting of Wachovia/Wells Fargo and Key Bank, which had taken back the project following a foreclosure. According to Victor White, Hogan’s chief operating officer, the former owner was a large national homebuilding company, whose identity he declined to disclose.

White also said that, at the request of the buyers, he could not release the sale price of the project, which consists of partially finished, single-family detached and townhouse lots, a condominium building pad and still-to-be-finished townhouse and villa lots. The purchaser is a partnership whose members are Crimson Partners of Herndon, Va., Rock Creek Property Group of Washington, D.C., and The Bernstein Cos., also of Washington.

The Hogan Cos. represented both the buyers and the sellers in the transaction.

New townhome community, Towson Green, underway

Bozzuto Homes, a subsidiary of Greenbelt-based The Bozzuto Group of companies, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to mark the start of construction of Towson Green, a sustainable townhome development that will bring 121 new homes to the heart of Towson.

Bozzuto has gone to some length to control the environmental aspect of the construction, working closely with The Chesapeake Fund to devise ways to reduce the development’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the steps being taken include creation of a rain garden, a bio-retention area of aquatic plantings that will treat stormwater runoff while offering residents walkways and benches; and installation of underground sand filters that will treat stormwater to reduce its phosphorous and nitrogen loands and recharge it to the subsoils.

The homes are designed to gain the Silver Level of the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Standard.

NAIOP Maryland to hold summer get-together, review of state legislation affecting industry

NAIOP Maryland, the local chapter of the national trade association serving the commercial real estate industry, will hold its annual summer social networking event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday at Nick’s Fish House, 2600 Insulator Drive, Baltimore. “Barefoot on the Bay” is open to both NAIOP-MD members and non-members and will feature an open bar and dinner buffet, accompanied by a live steel band. Tickets cost $65.00 for NAIOP-MD members and $85 for non-members, with advance reservations required.

For reservations, visit www.naiopmd.org, call 443-986-9429 ext. 107 or e-mail donnad@naiopmd.org.

NAIOP also has scheduled a 2011 Commercial Real Estate Legislative and Regulatory Seminar on June 24 at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum.

Local economist Anirban Basum, chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, is the keynote speaker. He will discuss the economic impact of Maryland’s Total Maximum Daily Load implementation plan, and its prospective cost to the industry, consumers and taxpayers.

Other speakers will examine topics addressed at the recent General Assembly session including Chesapeake Bay pollutant caps, permitting implications for development and existing facilities, and growth management issues.

The conference runs from 8 a.m. to noon and is open to both NAIOP-MD members and non-members. Cost is $50 for NAIOP-MD members and $70 for non-members. Advance registration is required. For reservations, visit www.naiopmd.org, call 443-986-9429 ext. 107 or e-mail donnad@naiopmd.org.

T.E. Scott & Associates now Stormwater Consulting

T.E. Scott & Associates of Hunt Valley has changed its name to Stormwater Consulting Inc., to more accurately reflect the company’s core expertise, which is to design and consult on projects directly related to stormwater.

The company offers civil engineering, landscape architecture, and environmental analysis as related to existing and planned stormwater infrastructure, natural and created stream and wetland systems, and provides services to municipalities, consulting firms’ owners and developers.

Merritt Construction Services transforming former Super Fresh to Mars Super Market

Merritt Construction Services, a division of Merritt Properties LLC, has been selected as the general contractor to transform the former Super Fresh store in Bel Air Plaza to a full-service Mars Super Market.

The store will be Mars’ 17th store and its third in Harford County. Located near the intersection of Routes 1 and 24 in Bel Air, the project will include a complete interior retrofit of the 45,000-square-foot space, as well as exterior renovation of the entry and exit. Construction is underway and completion is anticipated in late 2011.

This will be Merritt Construction Services’ second project for Mars. In 2010, Merritt renovated the company’s corporate headquarters in Baltimore, winning a Merit Award from the Baltimore Metro chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors for the project.

Construction begins on addition to Hampton Elementary School

A 36,236-square-foot addition to Hampton Elementary School in Baltimore County is slated to break ground at a ceremony scheduled for Friday. County officials, school system representatives and community members are slated to attend.

The $13.7 million addition will update the science, library/media, technology, art and music programs. The car loop, parking lot and bus loop will be expanded to reduce congestion and improve safety for students, parents and the community. Kindergarten classrooms will be reconfigured to meet Maryland State Department of Education guidelines.

The school’s systems will be upgraded, involving heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, lighting, security, communications, restrooms, technology and food service equipment. When completed in 2013, the school will have a total capacity of 610 students, up from 492 students.

Personnel

Albert W. Rubeling, founder and president of Rubeling & Associates, a Towson-based architecture and interior design firm, has been named Secretary of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, for a two-year term starting Jan. 1. The function of the College of Fellows is to promote the purposes of the AIA and to advance the profession of architecture, as well as to provide services to society. Members of the AIA College of Fellows are selected by their peers for making a significant contribution to architecture and society, and for achieving a standard of excellence in the profession. Only about 2,700 of the AIA’s 80,000 members are Fellows. Rubeling has been a College of Fellows member since 1993, when he was elected at the age of 36. At the time, he was the youngest person to be nominated in the college’s history. As secretary of the college, Rubeling is in line to advance to the post of chancellor, a national position and one of the highest honors an AIA member can achieve.

Melissa Solis has been promoted to vice president – chief accounting officer at Rockville-based Federal Realty Investment Trust, effective July 1. Currently she is the REIT’s controller. In her new role, Solis will oversee all aspects of FRIT’s accounting department, including financial reporting, budgeting, tax and compliance activities. A Certified Public Accountant, Solis joined FRIT in 2007 and has more than 10 years of financial accounting and audit experience. She was formerly a senior manager at Ernst & Young in the assurance and advisory business services group, specializing in real estate. Solis earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in accounting and finance from Indiana University.

Lutherville-based development and property management firm Mid-Atlantic Properties Inc. hired Karen Boswell as office manager. She will handle the daily operation of office activities, as well as serve as assistant to the firm’s president, Wayne Gioioso Jr. Boswell has 15 years of experience as an office manager and administrative assistant with law firms and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of Villa Julie College, now Stevenson University.

Continental Realty Corp. of Baltimore, a commercial, retail and residential development and management company, named Samantha Harris as commercial property manager. She formerly worked in the property management division of General Growth Properties. In her new position, Harris will oversee comprehensive property management functions for commercial properties owned and managed by Continental Realty Corp. in the Baltimore metropolitan region. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications media from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Education, Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland.

Leases

Cassidy Turley reported a lease of 39,962 square feet by The Roof Center at 30 Southlawn Court in Rockville. The Roof Center is a full-service distributor of roofing, siding, windows and related building products for Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington. According to Cassidy Turley’s Robert Oare, the lease represents a significant upgrade of facilities for The Roof Center, providing a showroom and warehouse with 24-foot–high ceilings, offering greater storage capacity and one acre of outside storage. Oare and James Clark of Cassidy Turley represented The Roof Center, while Ralph Haught and Jay O’Donnell of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord, Mount Vernon Development Group.

Merritt Properties LLC reported the following recently signed leases:

Mortgage Master Inc. of Massachusetts, a mortgage company, leased 2,681 square feet of office space at Columbia Corporate Park, 8840 Stanford Boulevard in Columbia. Bill Harrison of Ryan Commercial represented the tenant. Merritt was self-represented by its team of Jamie Campbell, Liz Tarran-Jones, Vince Bagli and Steve Shaw. The same team also represented Merritt in the lease of 2,400 square feet of office and warehouse space to Professional Maintenance Systems Inc., a stucco and coatings contractor, at Beltway Business Community Phase III, 3730 Commerce Drive in Arbutus.

Also, Merritt Properties OK’d a deal in which The Cult Wine Group Inc., a wine distributor, agreed to lease 2,610 square feet of space for storage and distribution at 11201 Dolfield Road in Owings Mills. Buffy Minkin of Abeshouse Partners represented Cult Wine Group. Merritt Properties was represented by its own team of leasing agents, Pat Franklin, Whit Levering, Lou Boeri and Ashley Combs.

MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services LLC reported the following recently signed leases:

Highlander Contracting Co. LLC inked a lease for 6,210 square feet at Bare Hills Business Park, 6427 Falls Road in Baltimore County. MacKenzie represented both the tenant and the landlord, Bare Hills Business Park.

D.K. Gupta, DDS, P.A., a dental practice, leased 1,232 square feet of space at the Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road in Baltimore. MacKenzie represented both the tenant and the landlord, VCK Property Business Trust.

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Inc. leased 10,008 square feet of space at Physicians Pavilion II, 540 Upper Chesapeake Drive in Bel Air from Bel Air Mob II LLC

A&M Hospitality LLC leased 3,548 square feet of space at the Oxford Building, 8600 LaSalle Road in Towson, from landlord St. John Properties Inc.