Michael’s Cafe to open 2nd location at Greenleigh at Crossroads

Michae'ls CafeBALTIMORE, MD – Michael’s Café, a thirty-three year old family business that has operated a single location on York Road in Timonium since 1984, has signed a lease with St. John Properties, Inc. for 6,024 square feet of space within Greenleigh at Crossroads, the next development phase of Baltimore Crossroads. The 1,000-acre mixed-use business is situated in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County.

Michael’s Café will establish its second restaurant at 720 Concourse Circle, a standalone retail building adjacent to various restaurants and consumer service tenants. Bill Holzman, Vice President, Retail Leasing at St. John Properties represented the landlord in this transaction.

Founded by Michael Dellis, Michael’s Café is recognized for its contemporary American menu with an emphasis on homemade crab cakes made from a secret family recipe, steaks, soups, salads and sandwiches. The York Road location includes an indoor lounge, outdoor patio, bar and conference room. According to Lauren McGee, one of the owners of the restaurant, the food offerings at Greenleigh at Crossroads will represent “a compact version of the original menu, with a few specialty dishes.”

The restaurant offers brunch specials on Saturdays and Sundays featuring four different varieties of eggs benedict; French Toast, waffles and pancakes; and an omelette bar. Mixed-drinks and bottomless mimosas are also available.

“For at least the past five years, we have been actively searching for the perfect expansion location that is far enough away from our York Road restaurant, while also offering consistently strong traffic counts to support our concept,” explained McGee. “Greenleigh at Crossroads was the first location to satisfy every important requirement, particularly the rapid growth and expansion that is quickly occurring at the mixed-use community. The size of the space was also extremely important. We wanted our second location to be somewhat smaller than our current restaurant, because we believe this will be more manageable. The existing retail tenants at Greenleigh are performing extremely well and, as new residents move into the newly-built residential section, we expect traffic to significantly increase.”

Retail tenants currently open at Greenleigh at Crossroads include Zesto Pizza and Grill; Dunkin’ Donuts; Royal Farms; Subway; Mallia Salon & Spa; Polishes Nail & Spa; Crossroads Beer, Wine & Spirits; and The Fitness Rave.

St. John Properties, together with Somerset Construction Company and Elm Street Development, are currently engaged in the construction of Greenleigh at Crossroads, utilizing a concept plan that consists of 1000 single-family homes and townhomes, 500 multi-family units, three mid-rise Class “A” commercial office buildings containing approximately 300,000 square feet of space; 443,000 square feet of single-story office space; 827,000 square feet of flex/R&D space; 188,000 square feet of retail amenities; and a 120-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

Located along MD Route 43 (White Marsh Blvd.) near Interstate 95, Baltimore Crossroads is configured to support more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial office, flex/R&D, warehouse, industrial and retail space, in addition to the hotel and residential components. Approximately 2,500 employees currently live and work in the community, including multi-family residents at the Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads and more than 10,000 jobs are expected to be created upon the completion of Baltimore Crossroads.

“Michael’s Café adds an important sit-down restaurant component to the retail mix at Greenleigh at Crossroads, which will be particularly conducive to local business-people,” explained Holzman. “It is also recognized for its family atmosphere, and will fill an important niche for consumers residing within the community, as well as the greater White Marsh area. Michael’s Café represents an extremely strong restaurant brand with a loyal following, operated by a proven ownership group. Residents that have moved northward from the Towson and Timonium area will gravitate to this new location.”

Eisai Inc. signs 40,000-square-foot lease at Greenleigh at Crossroads

Baltimore Crossroads 1BALTIMORE, MD – St. John Properties, Inc. has signed Eisai Inc., the United States pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyo-based Eisai Co, Ltd., to a 40,000 square foot full-building lease within 11675 Crossroads Circle.

The flex/R&D building was built on a speculative basis, and is located within Greenleigh at Crossroads, a 550-acre mixed-use community in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County. The company plans to relocate approximately 55 employees from its existing location in Baltimore City in 2019, after construction at the site is completed. Matt Lenihan of St. John Properties represented the landlord in this transaction.

Eisai Inc. is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Each group functions as an end-to-end global business with discovery, development, and marketing capabilities. The U.S. headquarters, commercial and clinical development organizations are located in New Jersey; discovery labs are in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania; and the global demand chain organization resides in Maryland and North Carolina. The Greenleigh at Crossroads facility will be used to manufacture and distribute Gliadel®, a product used to treat brain cancer.

“This new Baltimore location enables Eisai a seamless transition in its efforts to continue to produce Gliadel® for thousands of patients worldwide,” said Shaji Procida, President and Chief Operating Officer of Eisai Inc. “It also demonstrates our commitment to constantly improve our services in areas of unmet need and to remain nimble to adapt to our changing business environment, while executing on our human health care (hhc) mission of giving our first thought to patients and their families, and helping to increase the benefits health care provides.”

St. John Properties, together with Somerset Construction Company and Elm Street Development, are currently engaged in the construction of Greenleigh at Crossroads, utilizing a concept plan that consists of 1,000 single-family homes and townhomes, 500 multi-family units, three mid-rise Class “A” commercial office buildings containing approximately 300,000 square feet of space; 443,000 square feet of single-story office space; 827,000 square feet of flex/R&D space; 188,000 square feet of retail amenities; and a 120-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

Located along MD Route 43 (White Marsh Blvd.) near Interstate 95, Baltimore Crossroads is configured to support more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial office, flex/R&D, warehouse, industrial and retail space, in addition to the hotel and residential components. Approximately 2,500 employees currently live and work in the community, including multi-family residents at the Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads and more than 10,000 jobs are expected to be created upon the completion of Baltimore Crossroads.

“This represents a tremendous win for Greenleigh at Crossroads given the influx of high-paying jobs destined to support our retail tenants and restaurants, as well as opening the possibility for the purchase or rental of residential properties within the community,” explained Richard Williamson, Senior Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for St. John Properties. “Attracting strong economic generators to Baltimore County was an extremely high priority in the design and planning of the community. This usage highlights the many advantages of Greenleigh at Crossroads including its amenities, ability to handle corporate growth and access to transportation infrastructure. With available product on-hand, we are able to immediately respond to the diversified real estate requirements of end-users, including the expansion needs of current and future tenants.”

“Based on the unique skill set of our talented employees and our strong ties to the local community, remaining in Baltimore is a priority for Eisai,” said Trudy Burke, President, Oncology Demand Chain Unit, and Baltimore Site Head. “The new site will provide a right-sized physical environment for our employees, which will help streamline operations and foster a culture of growth and innovation.”

“Our economic strength is due, in large part, to keeping innovation companies such as Eisai here in our business community. We’ve created a successful business climate that is bringing approximately 55 new life sciences jobs to Baltimore County. Eisai’s commitment to staying in the region is based on Baltimore’s powerhouse combination of well-educated workers, world-renowned medical researchers and well-located business communities. There’s a strategic advantage when you have available space for companies as they grow. Baltimore Crossroads offers the business environment Eisai needs,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Mary Sue Easter eggs maker to move to Baltimore Crossroads

Mary Sue Easter EggsThe company that makes some tasty Easter treats is moving to White Marsh.

Ruxton Chocolates, the company behind Mary Sue Easter eggs, will be moving from Baltimore City to the Baltimore Crossroads development along Route 43 in White Marsh.

The Baltimore County Council approved the necessary bond proposal on Monday.

The candy company will be shuttering its plants in Woodberry and on Caton Avenue, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The new facility will be built by 1412 Tangier LLC.

Ruxton Chocolates bought Mary Sue for $890,000 in 2001.

Construction on the new facility should begin next month, and it is slated to open in June 2017.

Greenleigh at Crossroads to break ground Tuesday

Greenleigh at CrossroadsAn exciting new development is coming to the White Marsh/Middle River area.

At noon on Tuesday, May 17, Greenleigh at Crossroads is set to break ground off of Route 43.

The Greenleigh community will feature shops, apartments, homes, offices and even a hotel.

“Greenleigh at Crossroads…will bring new jobs and new residents to eastern Baltimore County,” said Councilwoman Cathy Bevins in a prepared statement.

The developer, St. John Properties, will build 1,500 residences, from apartments to condos to townhouses to single-family homes, at Greenleigh, according to Perry Hall Patch.

The project, which will occupy 250 acres of the 1,000-acre Baltimore Crossroads according to The Baltimore Sun, is expected to take 10 to 15 years to complete.

More information about the development is available via the Baltimore Crossroads online brochure here.

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