Plan for first Whole Foods in Prince George’s is back for review after series of hurdles

Prince George’s County officials on Monday will again review the proposal that would give the county its first Whole Foods Market. And supporters of the plan say they are confident that this time the controversial project will move forward and the store will open in early 2015. (Wash. Post)

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Point man on harbor development confronts controversy

When developer Michael Beatty comes home from a hard day of reshaping the city's skyline, first with Harbor East and now with its neighbor, Harbor Point, he relaxes by cooking. "I love seeing projects through, but they take so long to get done," Beatty said. "So I cook, and I have results in an hour." Not always good results, though, as Beatty learned the night he decided to make baguettes. They came out of the oven golden and fragrant — but also heavy and inedible as bricks, he remembers telling John Paterakis, his partner at the time at H&S Properties Development. Paterakis, who knows a bit about bread as head of H&S Bakery, diagnosed the problem: Beatty hadn't given the dough time to rise. For bread or buildings, it seems, patience comes in handy. (Balt. Sun)

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Gen Y shoppers, raised on e-commerce, still prefer in-store experience

Just as video did not kill the radio star, the Internet won't kill the shopping mall any time soon. The shopping habits of Generation Y show why. Buying almost anything online may be as much second nature as texting for many in the first generation to have grown up with e-commerce, but the millennials still do most of their shopping in stores, especially those that keep their offerings fresh and make the experience social, according to research from the Urban Land Institute. (Balt. Sun)

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Liberty expected to invest up to $25M in new Clorox building

Liberty Property Trust is likely to invest as much as $25 million in building a new 945,720-square-foot warehouse for Clorox Co. in Aberdeen, according to Harford County Office of Economic Development Director James C. Richardson. The build-to-suit warehouse being constructed for Clorox has already broken ground at 1501 Perryman Road. Construction began soon after the deal was signed because the county fast-tracked the approval process, Richardson said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Real estate survey shows broad support for biking and walking commutes

The era of developers of office buildings and shopping centers haggling to get as many parking spaces as possible included in their properties may be waning. At least in major metropolitan areas such as the Washington region. Respondents to a survey by the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute, an international real estate research group, overwhelmingly said that the region would benefit from more people walking or biking to get to work, and that the trend toward those modes of commuting was likely to increase in coming years. (Wash. Post)

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Gaithersburg to join county appeal of Pepco rate case

The city of Gaithersburg will join Montgomery County in its appeal of higher Pepco rates instead of forming its own appeal, the mayor and council decided in a closed session. (Gazette)

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Accounting firm RS&F acquires D.C. company

RS&F, an Owings Mills accounting and business consulting firm, has expanded its geographic and industry reach by acquiring the assets of a D.C.-area company specializing in print and media businesses. RS&F said the purchase of Lanham-based Becker & Co., a management consulting and accounting firm, gives it its first Washington-area office. (Balt. Sun)

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Five questions for John Magness

Canton has traditionally been a blue-collar neighborhood, and for more than 100 years, the Canton Railroad Co. has been a part of that mix, moving freight for local industries and the port of Baltimore. Its locomotives are a familiar — and at times frustrating — sight for those traveling into Canton from the east, where the company's tracks crisscross Boston and O'Donnell streets. John C. Magness, the company's president and CEO, said the state-owned railroad's core mission continues. However, it also is aware that more residents than ever live in the increasingly urbanized, bustling neighborhood — and it wants to be a good neighbor. (Balt. Sun)

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