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Geoff Mackler and David Ward on Nov. 6, 2012
H&R Retail's Geoff Mackler and David Ward tell us there's more at stake than just Greenberg Gibbons and Vanguard Equities' Foundry Row project in Owings Mills, as opposition to that mixed-use development gathers signatures to put it to referendum in 2014. Opponents can't cherry-pick elements of Baltimore County's new District 2 plan to remove, they say, so a vote against Foundry Row is a vote to undo it all. "A tremendous amount of effort has been put into this zoning by both sides," David says. So basically, this amounts to Foundry Row opponents trying to overturn the call on the field, which all football fans know is never easy.
David Ward, Goeff Macker, Suzanne Katz, Marc Katz, and Richard Rotner on Nov. 6, 2012
Daivd and Geoff (snapped with colleagues Suzanne Katz, Marc Katz, and Richard Rotner) also chatted about growth at H&S Properties ' Harbor East. They tell us there are some availabilities, but the retail spots are filling in. Of course, once they do, the real estate firm can pull more H&S Bakery properties out of its hat and just keep developing. (Where do they buy their hats?) Those aren't zoned for mixed-use yet, but, Geoff and David point out, the City is amenable to H&S's vision.
Ouzo Bat, Harbor East
They also tell us restaurants are the hot new thing in Baltimore City. Townhouse Kitchen + Bar, Fleet Street Kitchen, Ouzo Bay, and Gordon Biersch in Harbor East and Johnny's in Roland Park are a few that have opened recently, and another couple hundred seats will greet the city's diners in the next six months, Geoff and David say. That surge is justified by all the young pros living in the city and an increased willingness among suburbanites to head Downtown for a good time.