Planning board approves ‘sketch plan’ for 1.9 million square-foot development

A preliminary plan to construct 1.9 million square feet of mixed-use development in North Bethesda was approved Thursday by the county Planning Department. Fivesquares Development proposes redeveloping up to 1.9 million square feet of total space over seven years, including 1.75 million square feet of residential and up to 150,000 square feet of non-residential development that could include an 11-story hotel, retail space and office buildings. (Bethesda)

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ASR Group inks Howard County’s ‘largest new deal’ since 2009

ASR Group has inked a lease for 305,769 square feet of space at the Mid-Atlantic Commerce Center, which is the largest new deal in Howard County Since 2009, according to JLL. ASR Group, which includes Domino Sugar, C&H Sugar, and Redpath Sugar, rented space at Mid-Atlantic Commerce Center at 7600 Assateague Drive in Jessup. The company will occupy nearly 36 percent of the redevelopment by private commercial real estate investment firm Manekin Corp. and real estate investment services company AEW Capital Management. (Daily Record)

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Aberdeen considers adding Lidl grocery, Prost eatery to Greater Aberdeen Havre de Grace Enterprise Zone

The City of Aberdeen is considering property tax credits for two new businesses — a grocery store and a restaurant — that are within the enterprise zone. The council voted at its meeting Monday night to introduce two resolutions that would provide tax credits for Lidl U.S. Operations LLC and 102 N. Rogers Street to the Greater Aberdeen Havre de Grace Enterprise Zone for 10 years. The council will vote on the resolutions at the next council meeting, Nov. 26. (Aegis)

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Take a first look at the One Light Street tower apartments, rooftop amenities

The first tenants for the 280 apartment units at One Light Street will move into the 28-story tower in March. The residential portion of the sleek and modern development is still under construction at Light and Redwood streets. A tour Friday of the skeletons of the units and amenity level showed off what will soon be sweeping views of downtown from all angles, and unique open space high above the city's streets, including a dog park with vistas that rival any waterfront landscape. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Design team showcases options for renovated downtown mall

Citizens were able to offer ideas for a new look and feel for the downtown pedestrian mall at Saturday’s “Reimagine Cumberland” workshop. The event was held at the Allegany Arts Council building at 9 N. Centre St., and was sponsored by the Downtown Development Commission and the Cumberland Economic Development Corp. The city has contracted Cochran Studios of Frederick to oversee a new design for the Historic City Center. (Times-News)

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Frostburg proposing increase in pay for employees

Frostburg officials are considering employee pay raises in order to retain and recruit workers. The proposal includes a 50 cent per hour across-the-board salary increase for nearly all employees that would take effect Dec. 10, with a $1 per hour across-the-board increase taking effect July 8. The latter raise would bring the city’s entry level wage rate for street, water and recreation positions from $11.50 to $12.50 per hour. (Times-News)

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November 9 // Visit Baltimore CEO pushes for new tourism tax to help struggling hotels

Legislation creating a “tourism improvement district” in Baltimore is moving forward as the local hospitality industry continues to push for more funding to promote the city and its attractions. Council Bill 18-0293 will head to the full City Council later this month. Tourism and hotel representatives on Thursday told the council’s taxation, finance and economic development committee that the district is necessary to grow tourism in Baltimore and keep the city competitive with its neighbors. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore County delays consideration of Tradepoint Atlantic aid; will now face new council, county executive

Baltimore County would give Tradepoint Atlantic, the company redeveloping the former steel mill in Sparrows Point into a shipping and logistics hub, millions less in financial assistance than the developer has sought under a pending agreement. The county plans to propose about $78 million in aid for the construction of roads, water lines and sewer pipes on the vast property, according to County Council Chairman Julian Jones. Tradepoint officials initially sought up to $150 million in government-assisted financing, then later downgraded their expectations to less than $100 million. (Balt. Sun)

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