F&M Distributors of Detroit, owner of the F&M drugstore chain, has signed a 15-year lease to occupy a 35,000-square-foot "superdrug" store at the northeast corner of Remington Avenue and 29th Street in Baltimore, former site of the Chesapeake Cadillac Co. showroom.
A joint venture of Steve Sibel and Michael Klein began demolition work on the site earlier this month and plans to complete the one-story replacement building by the end of the year. It will be the first store in Baltimore for F&M, which already has outlets outside the city.
Mr. Sibel and Mr. Klein took over from the previous developer, a group headed by James Locke. Hicks & Rotner was the broker in the F&M lease. Hord, Coplan and Macht is the architect for the new building and White Construction Co. of Monkton is the builder. MetLife Capital Co. is providing the permanent financing for the project.
RTKL Associates of Baltimore and Stubbins Associates of Cambridge, Mass. are the two architectural firms still in the running to design a $97 million headquarters for the U. S. Health Care Financing Administration. Stubbins has designed a building for a downtown Baltimore site near Camden Yards for a development group that includes the Rouse Co., Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Daniel P. Henson III. RTKL Associates has designed a complex at 7500 Security Blvd. for a joint venture of James F. Knott Development Co. and Boston Properties. A decision is expected before fall.
Around the region
* LaSalle Partners has been assigned management responsibility for Reston Town Center, a 20-acre retail, entertainment, office and hotel complex in Northern Virginia. It also will consult on the leasing of the 40-store specialty retail district at Reston Town Center for the owner, Reston Land Corp.
* W. L. Gore and Associates of Newark, Del., makers of Goretex coating for fabric, has entered into a contract to purchase a 53,021-square-foot building at the Upper Chesapeake Corporate Center in Elkton for an undisclosed sum. Gore has been a tenant of the 15-acre parcel for the past two and half years and will have room for expansion. John K. Burkley of the John K. Burkley Co. Realtors in Elkton represented the seller.
* The Baltimore-Washington corridor office of the Carey Winston Co. has been named the exclusive leasing agent of 259,486 square feet of industrial space at the port of Baltimore. Carey Winston will oversee efforts to sublease the former Toscany Imports facility, Building No. 70 at 2200 Broening Highway. The space is owned and managed by Creaney and Smith.
* Casey & Associates/ONCOR International has promoted T. Courtenay Jenkins III and Richard H. Pettingill to the position of senior vice president. Both are also partners and stockholders in the firm, Mr. Jenkins since 1988 and Mr. Pettingill as of this year.
* The Harry C. Walterhoefer Co., a wholesaler and retail of party supplies and other paper products, plans to expand its operations at 121 N. Greene St. by building a $500,000, 8,000-square-foot addition. Vice President Jerry Walterhoefer and architect Edward Hord of Hord Coplan Macht recently presented preliminary plans for the project to Baltimore's Architectural Review Board. Mr. Walterhoefer said the plans signal his company's intention to stay in Baltimore at the same location where it has been for 88 years. * Gould Architects is working with Mariner Health Care of Mystic, Conn., on plans to convert North Charles General Hospital in the 2700 block of N. Charles St. to a 115-bed nursing facility. Plans for the project will be presented to Baltimore's Design Advisory Panel this week. Gould is also the architect for the Hopkins Substance Abuse Clinic, a two-story building proposed for 909-917 N. Broadway to replace a facility that is being displaced by subway construction.
* Donohoe Construction Co. recently began work on a $7 million contract to construct a commissary for Aberdeen Proving Ground. Komatsu/Rangel Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas is the architect for the 60,000-square-foot facility, scheduled for completion by February.