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Brooklyn bagels coming to Pikesville

Watch out, Brooklyn bagels are coming to Pikesville.

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. will soon open Maryland’s first location in 2,865 square feet of space in Hooks Village at 25 Hooks Lane.

Known for its bagels made with the not-so-secret ingredient of “real Brooklyn” water (which company officials claim they have cloned through a proprietary water treatment system), the shop is the first of an expected expansion totaling 25 locations in the state. I love the fact that the bagel company is based in Boca Raton, Fla., yet relies on a homemade version of authentic Brooklyn juice to give their bagels chew.

CBRE’s Tracey Holehan inked the deal for The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. Ken Bernstein of Abeshouse Partners represented Hooks Village, LLC.


D.C.-based Federal Capital Partners, which has acquired more than $3 billion in assets in nine years, has moved its headquarters to Montgomery County at 5425 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase.

“While we remain strongly invested in Washington, D.C., we had the opportunity to move our offices to a location that offered visibility, excellent access to all of our Washington area submarkets and a wonderful array of amenities for our employees at a Metro location,” said FCP Vice President and Controller Garland Faist.

Christian S. Johansson, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, rolled out the red carpet late last month.

“We welcome Federal Capital Partners to our corporate community and look forward to working with them as they grow and create jobs at their new Maryland headquarters,” said. “This is a great example of the positive impact that state and local governments can have when they leverage resources and work together to help attract companies to the state.”


Towson-based Oak Contracting was recently chosen by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools as construction manager for the $98 million Severna Park High School redevelopment.

The projects calls for the existing school to be demolished and a new 334,00- square-foot building to  be built, increasing the student enrollment from 1,923 to 2,099.

The project is being designed by Baltimore-based GWWO Architects, which will continue the design phase through next spring. Construction is expected to begin in June 2013 and to be completed in August 2017.

In Frederick County, Oak Contracting was recently awarded a contract for a $20 million replacement project of the North Frederick Elementary School.

That redevelopment will replace the existing school with a 92,000-square foot building, increasing student capacity from 518 to 700. Construction is expected to begin in June 2013. Grimm + Parker Architects are designing the new classrooms.


St. John Properties Inc. recently leased more than 16,000 square feet of additional space at Ashburn Technology Park for the expansion of government contractor Brimtek. In addition, the Dulles Association of Realtors signed a 6,000-square foot lease in a separate single-story office/R&D/flex building complex  located on 46 acres near Washington Dulles International Airport.


TIDBITS: Erika Palmer, an asset manager with Manekin LLC, recently started a two-year term as first vice president on the board of directors of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Baltimore Inc. … What began as a philanthropic endeavor to help celebrate a golden anniversary has become a permanent fixture at KBE Building Corp. The initiative, 50 Ways to Make a Difference, has been made a year-long community outreach program that supports communities where the firm’s employees work and live. In 2011, KBE and its employees donated more than $22,000 to local organizations.  All employee donations were matched by KBE’s owners Mike Kolakowski, Eric Brown and Simon Etzel. . . MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services recently scored a hat trick at the Annapolis Towne Centre. Financial institutions Wells Fargo, Hannon Armstrong, and RBC will soon be opening branch offices in a total of 23,000 square feet.