Rooftop bar and lounge at the Belvedere Hotel slated to close Sunday

COMMERCIAL REALTY NOTES

November 21, 1990|By Edward Gunts

The Thirteenth Floor of the Belvedere Hotel, a rooftop bar and lounge with dramatic views of the Washington Monument and upper North Charles Street, will serve its last drink on Nov. 25.

That is the date the 15-year-old operation is closing to make way for Judah Hertz, the Miami-based developer who heads a group that is buying the upper floors of the hotel and converting them into condominiums. A farewell party for the Thirteenth Floor will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Hertz is expected to settle on his portion of the Belvedere by the end of November, according to Kenneth Davies, an attorney overseeing the sale for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The hotel's lower floors, including the Owl Bar, meeting rooms, and the John Eager Howard restaurant space, will be owned by the city and will remain open for business indefinitely, Mr. Davies said. The 12th-floor ballroom also will be owned by the city and will be available for catered events, he added.

Classic Catering is operating the hotel's catering functions through Jan. 1. After that, the city is expected to negotiate a new contract with Classic or another operator to run all the food and beverage operations and restaurants inside the building, Mr. Davies said.

* The Baltimore chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women will host a panel discussion on "Real Estate Strategies for the '90s," at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, South Charles and Conway streets, on Nov. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The panel will include Judy Tuttle of May Centers Inc.; Charles Evans of the Evans Land Co.; Mary Pat Baxter of Continental Realty Corp.; and George Collins of Hicks & Rotner. They will discuss the retail industry

and the ways major retailers plan to survive in the current retail industry slump. Admission is $20 per person. Registration information is available from Mary Ann Henderson at 962-2904.

* Restaurateur Fernand Tersiguel has opened a new restaurant, Tersiguel's, on Main Street in Ellicott City. The operation came five years after his restaurant, Chez Fernand, in Ellicott City, was destroyed by fire. Mr. Tersiguel subsequently opened a restaurant called Chez Fernand on East Fayette Street in Baltimore but sold it earlier this year.

* Ground was broken recently for a $5 million headquarters building for the Legal Aid Bureau at the northeast corner of Lexington and Gay streets, near War Memorial Plaza. Hord Coplan Macht is the architect of the five-story building, which is slated for completion in early 1992.

* Ayers Saint Gross has been hired over four other firms to serve as the architect for the Jewish Community Center in the District of Columbia.

* Manekin Corp. has been named the exclusive leasing or sales agent for the Bagby Furniture Co. building on Fleet Street near Little Italy. According to a Manekin representative, space is available for lease for $3.75 per square feet, but the owners also would be willing to discuss selling the entire building. The furniture store closed earlier this year.

* B. Green & Co., a food wholesaler, has purchased a 31,000-square-foot building at 2330 Warwick St. near Mondawmin Mall to house its midtown cash-and-carry operation. The building will replace a facility that is being displaced to make way for construction of the state's 27-mile light rail line. Joel Greenberg of Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse Real Estate Services represented the buyer and seller, Warwick Associates.

* Gary C. Dick has been named general manager for the Candler Building on Market Place near Pratt Street in Baltimore. In his new position, he will manage all aspects of the building and its operations for Beacon Management Co.

* The Estes Express Lines trucking company purchased $$TC 43,000-square-foot truck terminal at 3000 Nieman Ave. in South Baltimore for $1.7 million. The seller was another truck line, H. C. Gabler Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa. Estes was represented in the sale by Chuck Franklin of Kayne Levin Neilson Bavar Realtors of Baltimore. Bill Miller, also of KLNB, represented H. C. Gabler.

* Frank Billitz, owner of the Lingerie and Gift Center stores, purchased a warehouse at 407 N. Howard St. for use as a warehouse and staff training center. Bryon Mollica and Tom Martel of Kayne Levin Neilson Bavar Realtors represented the seller, Liberty Federal Savings and Loan. Real estate broker Harry Shapiro represented Mr. Billitz.

* Gordon Development Corp. purchased a medical office building at 8035 Harford Rd. in Baltimore for $835,000 from Maryland Healthcorp. Richard Tucker and David Bavar of Kayne Levin Neilson Bavar Realtors represented the buyer and seller.

* Tasc Inc., a machine shop, renewed its leased of 6,100 square feet at the Lakefront II office building in Hunt Valley. The Test Connection Inc., which sells refurbished computer equipment and tests computer hardware and software, renewed its lease of 5,600 square feet at the same location. Ketch Secor of W. C. Pinkard & Co. Inc. negotiated the transactions.

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