Greater Baltimore home sales, prices tick down in September

The Baltimore-area median sales price of a home dipped less than a percent in September, the first time in 23 straight months that year-over-year prices dropped. The median sales price of $253,000 was down 0.3 percent over September 2016, while closed sales declined 2.4 percent to 3,127 year-over-year, according to data provided by MarketStats based on listing activity from Bright MLS. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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OTO buys O'Callaghan Hotel in Annapolis, sets plans for Hilton Garden

A South Carolina development company has purchased and closed the O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel, with plans to reopen it next year as a Hilton Garden Inn. OTO Development, a private hotel group based in Spartanburg, completed the purchase Oct. 1 from O’Callaghan Hotel Group in Dublin. The purchase price for the 74-room hotel at 174 West St. was not disclosed. (Capital)

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The Charmery ice cream shop opening third location in Towson

The Charmery will triple its presence in the Baltimore area next year by adding a shop in Towson, the ice cream-maker’s third. The Hampden-based ice cream shop, owned by husband-and-wife team David and Laura Alima, will open at 6807 York Road in the spring of 2018. “We’re really excited about moving into the Towson area,” Laura Alima said. “It’s such a strong neighborhood community and I think that is what really interested us in putting a shop there." (Balt. Sun)

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Bite Squad acquires Takeout Taxi Maryland, 16 other food-delivery firms

BiteSquad.com, a Minneapolis-based online restaurant-delivery company, has completed the acquisition and integration of 17 restaurant-delivery companies across the country, including one that serviced Maryland. As part of the deal, Bite Squad has absorbed Bethesda-based Takeout Taxi Maryland, which delivered restaurant food to a number of cities in the state, including College Park, Takoma Park and Rockville. (St. Paul Bus. Journal)

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October 10 // Montgomery Council committee approves delay for enacting $15 minimum wage

A key legislative committee in Montgomery County agreed Monday to extend the timeline for businesses to adopt a $15 minimum wage, the latest attempt to enact a law that would be the first of its kind for a U.S. suburban jurisdiction. The changes adopted by the Health and Human Services Committee of the Montgomery County Council would give large businesses until 2022 and small businesses until 2024 to comply, and define small businesses as those with up to 50 employees. They mirror recommendations made by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) last month. Leggett vetoed a $15-wage bill earlier this year, saying its implementation timeline was too fast and could harm the county’s economy. (Wash. Post)

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A revival of ideas for redeveloping Spring Grove land

After years of talk about the 189-acre wooded grounds of the Spring Grove Hospital Center being declared surplus and sold by the state, many plans have been crafted for the land. Jim Himel, a former Baltimore city planner, wants to lease 50 acres for a single, symbolic dollar to create an arboretum and community park, complete with ornamental gardens, hiking paths and an amphitheater. Steve Whalen, a Catonsville developer, has long eyed a 21-acre section of the property that fronts the Beltway — the site would give his company’s planned mixed-use development, on land adjacent to Spring Grove, room to grow. (Balt. Sun)

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This Annapolis crab house is the 'most popular restaurant' in Maryland, according to People magazine

Cantler’s Riverside Inn is the most popular restaurant in Maryland, according to People magazine. The magazine’s food section recently released a list of the most popular restaurants in each state and Washington, D.C. Cantler’s, a longtime Annapolis crab house, was named No. 1 for Maryland. People’s food editors considered a range of factors to determine the most popular restaurants restaurant in every state, according to the list, including expert opinions from Zagat, diner ratings and Google scores. They paid “special attention to spots sourcing local ingredients and serving iconic or regionally inspired food,” the list said. (Balt. Sun)

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Hager 5 LLC purchases former Antietam Paper Co. building

Hager 5 LLC, a group that has been involved in revitalization efforts in downtown Hagerstown, has purchased the former Antietam Paper Co. building at 37 W. Antietam St., according to a news release. The purchase was announced Monday by Berkshire Hathaway Bowen Realty. Taylor Bowen, owner and broker of Bowen Realty, was the selling agent, the release said. The sale price was not disclosed. It was listed for sale in June 2015 at a price of $425,000. The release said Hager 5 LLC members have long-term plans to renovate the building to possibly include retail, office or residential units. (Herald-Mail)

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