Business Notes: David Reznick Dies; White Flint Mall Entrances Now Locked
Plus: County invites skateboard shop owners to meet about issue over giant skateboard sign David Reznick, Founder of Reznick Group, Dies
David Reznick, a lion in the Washington, D.C. area development and accounting industry, died at his home on Dec. 31 after a two-year fight with cancer. Reznick was 77.
A native of Montgomery County, Reznick grew his accounting business with his partners—Stu Fedder and Ivan Silverman—from one office in Bethesda into one of the country’s top 15 accounting firms. In 2012, Reznick Group merged with J.H. Cohn LLP to create CohnReznick, which at the time made it the 11th largest accounting firm in the country. Reznick, who graduated from the University of Maryland in 1959, had an expertise in low-income housing tax credits and used his knowledge to develop land use plans for affordable housing with government financing.
In 2014, Reznick was inducted into the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and four children: Steven, Jodie, Mitchell and Laura. A funeral for Reznick was held Jan. 4 at Temple Beth Ami Synagogue in Rockville.
White Flint Mall Entrances Now Closed
As most of the businesses closed at the nearly-abandoned White Flint Mall, curious people could stroll in through the entrance and take a walk around the once teeming mall. Last August, I did just that, shortly before Dave & Buster’s closed. The escalators were still running, all the former shops had their steel gates down, and I encountered two people in the entire mall—a lost mother and daughter who were hoping they could return some shoes. They couldn’t, but they did find their way in.
Now the mall entrances are locked, as first noted by Bethesda blogger Robert Dyer. A sign outside the mall’s front door says “Entrance Closed” and next to it another sign says, “Notice of Asbestos Project.”
A spokeswoman for Lerner Enterprises, which owns the mall, did not immediately respond to a request about what the company is planning to do with the vacant mall over the next few months and if a demolition schedule is in place. Lerner is planning to redevelop the land into a mixed-use town center concept, but has not made detailed plans public yet.
The only retailer left at the mall is Lord & Taylor, which has a separate entrance and is battling Lerner in court over the mall’s closing.
Skateboard Shop Owner Says County Interested in “Compromise” on Sign Issue
Kaare Wieneke, co-owner of Bethesda Scooters and Boards, said he was contacted by a county official in late December who said the county is interested in working out a compromise over whether he can re-hang a 12-foot skateboard sign above the store in Veteran’s Park. The county invited Wieneke and co-owner Tyson Plumbtree to schedule a meeting to work out on a compromise on the sign, but a meeting has not yet been scheduled, Wieneke said. Wieneke installed the giant skateboard in March, but was later told by the county that it wasn’t permitted and that the shop would be fined if it wasn’t taken down. So the store took the giant skateboard down. Since then Wieneke and Plumbtree say they’ve been stonewalled by the county on how to get permit approval for the sign.
LiveHealthier Acquired by Centene Corporation
Bethesda-based LiveHealthier Inc. announced Monday it was purchased by Centene Corporation, a healthcare company based in D.C.
LiveHealthier, which was founded in 2005 by former Washington Post executive Mary Moslander, provides technology and health management solutions to employers to help them reduce health care costs, according to the merger announcement. The 120-person company will remain in Bethesda, at its 7735 Old Georgetown Road location.
Terms of the sale were not disclosed in the announcement.