Dean & DeLuca not opening in downtown Bethesda

Dean & DeLuca will not open in downtown Bethesda, Bethesda Magazine reported Friday. The gourmet grocer is “pausing our market expansion,” a spokesperson for the grocer told Bethesda Mag. That includes the much-anticipated store at 4749 Bethesda Ave., adjacent to JBG Smith Properties’ new headquarters building at 4747 Bethesda Ave. Work had stopped on the Bethesda location late last year, reportedly pushing the opening from late 2017 to 2019, although at the time some media outlets had already reported that the grocer was pumping the brakes on its expansion. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Nationstar Mortgage agrees to return of inspection fees in $1 million settlement with Maryland

Nationstar Mortgage LLC, the nation’s largest non-bank servicer of home mortgages, has agreed to refund or reverse more than $1 million in inspection fees, settling allegations by Maryland officials it illegally charged homeowners. Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Nationstar’s settlement Monday with his Consumer Protection Division and the Commissioner of Financial Regulation. Nationstar arranged for property inspections to protect the interests of mortgage lenders when homeowners were in default on their payments, Frosh said. It passed on the inspection fees to homeowners until January 2014 for forward loans and until February 2016 for reverse mortgages, he said. (Balt. Sun)

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Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic is first to arrive at Pimlico for Preakness

Justify’s top competition in Saturday’s Preakness was the first to arrive at Pimlico Race Course. Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic was unloaded at the Pimlico stakes barn at approximately 10:50 a.m. Monday before a crowd of photographers. Joining the Chad Brown-trained colt on his journey from Belmont Park were stablemates Elysea’s World and Long Haul Bay, who will run in Grade 3 races Saturday at Pimlico. With Good Magic committing to the Preakness over the weekend and Bolt d'Oro choosing not to run, it looks like an eight-horse field for the 2018 Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico. (Balt. Sun)

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RK&K officially takes its place on Baltimore's skyline

What better way to prove your love for someone — or something — than to put it in writing. If you can do it in giant letters, that's even better. RK&K is doing just that with a new sign on its nearly year-old headquarters in the Candler Building — now known as 700 E. Pratt St. The 95-year-old engineering firm moved from Midtown to 115,000 square feet in the downtown historic building last June. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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May 14 // With help from Maryland doctors, horse racing industry takes on concussions

Jockeys take huge risks for little pay — riding atop horses weighing more than 1,000 pounds running 40 miles per hour. They are independent contractors, responsible for their own health care, and typically paid per race plus a small share of any winnings. The horse racing industry has long tolerated and even encouraged an ethic of racing battered and bandaged -- but, like football and other sports, the dangers of concussions may be driving a change at the tracks. Dr. Kelly Ryan, a sports medicine specialist at MedStar Health who works at Maryland’s racetracks, contributed extensively to medical protocols recently approved by a national horse racing body for concussions. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Craft Beer Festival showcases brand new breweries

Five of the 50 breweries at the Maryland Craft Beer Festival at Carroll Creek Linear Park weren’t yet open to the public — but their beers were already pleasing a crowd of thousands on Saturday. Of the new brewers, most started out brewing at home. They come from professional backgrounds in science and government work, but strive to work full time in the beer industry. The sold-out event gave the newly professional brewers a chance to sample the fruits of their hard work to a crowd of around 3,500 people, by organizer’s estimates. (News-Post)

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Smaller apartment building conversions filling gaps in Baltimore

Some of Baltimore’s newest apartment towers offer posh amenities such as rooftop pools, yoga studios and dog spas, but many city renters would be content with a new washer-dryer and a bike rack — and want to pay far less. In the shadow of several flashy projects open or underway near the Inner Harbor, where rents range from $2,000 for a small studio to $8,000 a month for the penthouse, Baltimore is seeing a steady stream of smaller, more affordable new apartment projects. (Balt. Sun)

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Sales, partnerships on the table as developer behind massive Pr. George's project nears deals for supermarket anchor and hotel

The master developer behind the massive Westphalia project in Prince George’s County is nearing a deal with a grocery store anchor, while exploring the possibility of sales or partnerships on future phases or even the entire project. Having staved off default in 2017 through refinancings and a $42 million tax-increment financing package approved in November by Prince George’s County, Calgary, Alberta-based Walton Westphalia Development Corp. appears to be on the verge of a sea change with its 310-acre project, located along Pennsylvania Avenue across from Joint Base Andrews in Upper Marlboro. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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