Rosewood development hits milestone in Washington County

Nearly 18 years after construction of the Rosewood community began, the mixed-use development off Robinwood Drive is taking longer to progress than envisioned. But the developers probably didn't anticipate the Great Recession. Manny Shaool announced in 2000 that it probably would take about 10 years to build the 520-unit residential project. His son, Sassan, remembers working on the project as far back as 1993. (Herald-Mail)

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Truebody Fitness Center to open next week in historic Bethesda Post Office

Fitness club Truebody will open next week in the historic Bethesda Post Office building, the company announced Monday. The stone building at the corner of Montgomery Lane and Wisconsin Avenue was built in 1938. On Feb. 26, the building will open as a 15,000-square-foot gym with eight studios, a space for rooftop yoga, a courtyard for outdoor classes and a meditation labyrinth, according to a press release. (Bethesda)

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Mix Bar and Grille closes in Potomac

Mix Bar and Grille, a casual restaurant in the Potomac Promenade shopping center, has closed, owner Ramiro Paez said Monday. Paez said he closed the restaurant for good early last week. He said he made the decision because the restaurant couldn’t keep up with the high rent charged for the Falls Road location. (Bethesda)

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February 19 // State employees left out of expanded contraception access under new Maryland law

When a new state law went into effect this year expanding access to contraception, it left out a big swath of Marylanders — those who work for the state. The state government — and many other large employers — were exempt from the law that went into effect Jan. 1. “I was really surprised to learn that state employees can't get six months of birth control like other Marylanders who are covered by the Contraceptive Equity Act,” said Baltimore County Del. Shelly Hettleman about a popular provision of the law that allows women to get more than one month of birth control pills with no copay at one time, rather than get refills every month. (Balt. Sun)

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Visit Baltimore proposes 'tourism improvement district' funded by city hotels

Visit Baltimore is turning to hotels in a new effort to boost its budget for marketing efforts aimed at luring tourists and conventions to the city. Recently introduced state legislation backed by the city's tourism arm aims to generate new revenue through a new charge collected from visitors staying at Baltimore hotels. The bill would create a special "tourism improvement district" that would send those funds directly to efforts for promoting tourism and addressing the industry's needs. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Marriott plans to distribute $ 140 million to employees after benefiting from corporate tax cuts

Marriott International Inc. employees should expect to see a financial benefit from the federal tax cuts recently enacted by Congress, according to company officials. The company announced in its fourth-quarter financial results that it expects to receive a sizable windfall from the roughly 8-percentage point deduction in its effective tax rate, which was reduced to about 22 percent. (Bethesda)

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The end of the Market House saga reveals business frustrations

Bryan Lamy has been running Pip’s Dock Street Dogs for years. It took six months to get up and running, he said, and even then, Lamy isn’t sure he would’ve made it without a rent negotiation with his building’s owner. “Without that, we’d be gone in two years,” Lamy said. So, the hotdog and fries purveyor isn’t happy that a few hundred feet away, the new Market House tenants won’t be paying rent for a year. (Capital)

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City critiques plans for Hilton's millennial-driven hotel near Little Italy

The design of a new millennial-branded hotel in the works north of Harbor East will have to go back to the drawing table. That's the advice of the city's design panel that studied schematics for Tru, a modern, Hilton property planned for a parking lot at 415 S. Central Ave. next to Little Italy. Tru is aimed at housing guests from the millennial generation with a smart phone check-in system, smaller, efficient rooms at $100 a night or less and open spaces. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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