Marriott International Agrees to Buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $12.2B

BETHESDA, MD. AND STAMFORD, CONN. — Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has agreed to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT) for $12.2 billion. The acquisition will create the world’s largest hotel company with 30 brands under its belt. The combined company will tout 1.1 million rooms in more than 5,500 hotels throughout more than 100 countries. The fee revenue for the 12 months that ended Sept. 30 totaled more than $2.7 billion across both companies. Efficiency, …

Shifting Blocks of Space, Apartment Conversions Help Shape Baltimore’s Office Market

Three major storylines are playing out in Baltimore, the northern part of the one-two city punch that combines for more than 9 million people and forms the fourth-largest metropolitan region of the country. These three sub-plots each contribute to the larger vernacular of the Charm City story. The activity in the office sector is occurring against the backdrop of a robust warehouse/industrial market, as national companies are recognizing the attractiveness of the Port of Baltimore and …

Baltimore’s Resurgence as a City Supports Burgeoning Apartment Market

The transformation of downtown Baltimore into a contemporary world-class city began nearly two decades ago, but over the past few years it has irrefutably evolved into a true 24/7 city and a top-tier housing market that is nationally recognized by the investment community. An influx of commercial investment drove job growth, which inevitably boosted downtown Baltimore’s daytime population. But what is remarkable is how many of these individuals also decided to become city residents. The …

Summit Hotel Properties Buys Two Residence Inn by Marriott Hotels for $56.8M

BALTIMORE, M.D. AND BRANCHBURG, N.J. — Summit Hotel Properties (NYSE: INN) has acquired two Residence Inn by Marriott hotels for a total of $56.8 million. The acquisition includes the 141-guestroom Residence Inn in Hunt Valley, just outside Baltimore, and the 141-guestroom Residence Inn in Branchburg, N.J. "We are very happy to announce the addition of these Residence Inn hotels to our portfolio,” says Daniel Hansen, president and CEO of Austin, Texas-based Summit Hotel Properties, a …

Baltimore Leading a ‘Charmed' Life With Spate of New Retail Developments

The center cores of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are located approximately 40 miles apart, and talk has renewed about the possibility of connecting the two metropolises by a Maglev rail system. The Baltimore/Washington region is generally considered the fourth largest in the country, boasting nearly 9 million people in the common area. But, when it comes time to rate the demographics, quality of life and overall attributes between the two, Baltimore assumes its secondary status in most …

Baltimore's Industrial Fundamentals Improve Slowly, Steadily

Comprising approximately 155 million square feet of industrial space, the Baltimore industrial market continues to recover, albeit gradually, from the recession. Key drivers for the Baltimore metropolitan area include the Port of Baltimore, proximity to Washington, D.C., and direct accessibility to Interstate 95 and the major population centers along the Eastern seaboard. As of the end of the first quarter, the vacancy rate for the Baltimore industrial market was 9 percent, which is down from …

Millenials Drive Strong Apartment Growth

Baltimore, long known as a city that wore its grit as a badge of honor, is now shining with high-end multifamily developments and new in-town retail destinations. This city of neighborhoods has hit Forbes’ “hipster” list thanks to a vibrant arts scene, established and trendy restaurants, vital retail destinations and world-class attractions and events. These quality amenities make it possible for residents to work, shop, play and stay in the city, appealing to a growing young …

Downtown Centers, Anchor Leasing Adds up to Winning Formula

When it comes to national economic cycles, Baltimore has always led a charmed existence. Its proximity to our nation’s capital, sustained strong consumer demographics and the presence of diversified industries have contributed to Baltimore entering recessionary times late and emerging early. New Centers Underway Five significant retail sites are either recently opened, under construction or nearing approval to initiate development. McHenry Row, positioned adjacent to the …

Flight to Quality Leads to Change in Baltimore CBD Landscape

Over the past decade, Baltimore City has seen a gradual shift in office market activity. Demand for office space has become increasingly focused on the waterfront properties of the Pratt Street Corridor and Harbor East. Many older buildings in the traditional Central Business District (CBD) with smaller footprints have become less attractive for office use. The CBD has also experienced a surge in both population and apartment demand that has pushed the residential supply to its occupancy …

Population Growth, Improving Economy Breed Multifamily Developments

Baltimore's government- and defense­-driven neighbor, Washington, D.C, has historically overshadowed the city’s apartment market. Yet setbacks caused by sequestration and concerns of oversupply across the Washington metropolitan area have recently unveiled a new light on Baltimore. After six decades of continuous population decline, the city has finally turned the corner, registering positive growth for the first time since the city’s peak in 1950. Strong market …

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