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The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Round Up for 5.15.09

Beadletter LLC purchased the 5,000-square-foot office/warehouse at 10994 Leadbetter Road in Henrico from Arbor Recycling Company. Dora’s Brazilian Grill leased 2,900 square feet at 1323-1333 E. Cary St. in Richmond.

New lease on life for Cold Storage plant

The first of five turn-of-the-century industrial buildings to be turned into apartments is six weeks away from completion. The development is a $50 million project of Historic Housing, the same group that developed 17th Street Lofts and The Lofts at Canal Walk. The apartments start at around $900 a month.

Asking for change in response to panhandling

Local businesses, in particular retailers, say panhandlers scare off customers, even if there is no threat to safety. And a growing homeless population can also be a blemish for economic developers trying to show off the region. To combat the problem, the nonprofit group Homeward launched a three-month campaign Monday to remind residents that handing over spare change might not be the best way to help.

New ABC program may eventually soften the hated 45% ratio

The often-ridiculed law that requires restaurants to sell a minimum dollar value of food based on liquor sales has shown extraordinary staying power, in part because a powerful beer and wine lobby opposes upsetting the status quo.

But one law based on House Bill 2293, could make things easier for restaurant owners who want to sell high-quality liquor by allowing restaurants to calculate their ratio based on the volume of liquor sold, not by the dollar figure as is currently done.

No relief in sight for office vacancy

No matter how you slice it, office vacancy rates are climbing in Richmond. And true to supply and demand, landlords are getting more and more generous with freebies such as up to six months free on a long-term lease to lure tenants.

Q&A: Rewriting role of Va.’s film industry

Virginia Film Commissioner Rita McClenny is trying to keep the momentum going, perhaps by bringing Steven Spielberg to the state. But McClenny says that without government funding for attraction programs, Virginia is not competitive enough with other states that do have lucrative incentive programs.