History

Professionalism. Creativity. Service. Those are the first words you read in our brochure and the ones we continue to do business by. A. J. Properties was born out of a need and 30+ years later we’re still meeting that need. The circumstances are different, but the ability to serve and serve well is the same.

In the early 1940’s, the Winer brothers developed a plastics business in the Odenton area and it became something of a company town. Over the course of their business years, they acquired property which eventually needed to be managed. A son of one of the brothers was just the right man for the job — Jay Winer.

After his uncles retired, Jay worked with his father until starting his own official property management business in 1983. Named after his two sons (Adam and Jason), A. J. Properties was born. Most of the Winer-owned properties had since been sold off and new opportunities were pursued.

A. J. Properties (AJP) became the facilitator, developer and manager for several new projects including a new partnership to buy the Historic Savage Mill (an 1820s textile mill) in 1984. Three phases of renovations measuring 175,000 square feet, have been completed over a period of 16 years and the Manor house (used for catered events) has been purchased and renovated. Today you will find the Mill on the National Register of Historic Places and 99% leased! It is home to artisans, craftsman, home furnishings and the largest antique dealers on the east coast.

With an undertaking such as the Mill, you may be surprised to find our staff so small—just nine members strong. You may be more surprised to find that half of them have been with AJP more than 20 years. What isn’t surprising is the dedication staff members apply to getting the job accomplished. Our ability to be diverse and flexible is why we’ve been here so long. Jay credits the company’s ability to stay competitive with the high quality of the staff. “We’re incredibly efficient for our size,” said Winer. Another surprise might be finding out that we don’t just do the deal, we form long-term relationships. When you do business with AJP, you meet with a principal. And more times than not, our paths cross again for repeat service or new ventures. Clients have become friends and mutual bonds are cultivated.

Whether you are starting, growing or well established in your business, we provide customized service. An example—our rapport with our tenants – we don’t use cookie cutter methods; we stay flexible to serve individual needs. Whether leasing or managing, we’re not just processing, we strive to meet the needs of our client. When you are small and specialized, you have to have the ability to work well together as a team and we do that successfully! “We’re effective and recognized and that makes us as important as a larger size firm in the mainstream of the market. The nice thing is we can do that and be successful at what we do and still be a family. Although we have name recognition and long length of service from our staff, our growth has really come from the ideas and persistence of this little family that makes it up,” said Winer.

That persistence and innovation helped us through the economic decline of the early ‘90s. So much so, that we aggressively built a sister to an existing class A office building in Odenton in a 16 week timeframe! The very successful Johns Hopkins Odenton-Meade Health Center is housed there, as well as other medical and technology offices in the 65,000 square foot campus of Odenton Health & Technology, formerly known as Winmark I & II.

Jay Winer is sometimes known as “Mr. Odenton” by the residents of this area who credit him for his assistance and perseverance in accomplishing things for the community. For example, he lent his expertise to the Odenton Heritage Society so they could buy and renovate an historic bank building near the train tracks by showing board members how to acquire the property and obtain the proper zoning permits. He remained active in the Odenton Health Center, which his parents built, and helped ensure continued operation of the Center by the Anne Arundel County Health Department and subsequently introduced People’s Community Health to the Center.

Our investment lies not just with our clients; we are also invested in our community. It has been both a pleasure and a challenge to be part of Odenton and west Anne Arundel County. We have volunteered our time to actively participate in the AA Economic Development Corp.; Chamber of Commerce; Corridor Transportation Corp.; Fort Meade Alliance; Heritage Society; Improvement Assn.; Small Area Plan; and Town Plan. Serving benefits everyone. Our commitment ensures a better future for our clients, our community and ourselves.

From Piney Orchard’s 4,700 unit predevelopment to the Midway Industrial Park development and sale, restoration of Historic Savage Mill, Academy Junction development and leasing, and time sensitive construction of Odenton Health & Technology’s Building II, we can do it all.

The next time you’re thinking brokerage, development, consulting, leasing or management—think A. J. Properties. Our 30+ years in business proves we give reliable, attentive and quality service and we owe you our thanks.

Early Naval Academy Junction

The Old WB&A Tower & Offices at Naval Academy Junction renovated to what is now known as the Midway Building at Academy Junction.  
In 1908, fourteen miles of track between Annapolis & Odenton became the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis (WB&A) railroad. Shown are the ticket office, soda fountain and waiting room at Naval Academy Junction.  
The WB&A Dispatcher’s Tower and Offices at Naval Academy Junction as it appeared in 1908. Today A. J. Properties’ offices are located here.  
Naval Academy Junction served as an essential transfer point for WB&A railroad travel from 1908 to 1935.