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Public housing heads toward private owners

Baltimore’s spending board approved a major step in privatizing the ownership of more than 2,000 affordable housing units. The Board of Estimates approved the framework for payment in lieu of taxes agreement with future investors in the properties on Wednesday ...

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Is Canton losing its urban vibe?

Is Canton losing its urban vibe?

The Canton neighborhood in southeast Baltimore has been one of the hottest communities in the city during the last decade. The neighborhood has thrived in part because of the ability of residents to walk to bars and restaurants around O'Donnell Square and the urban atmosphere created streets lined with brick row homes. But recent developments along the community's Boston Street corridor have been criticized for being too suburban in nature. The massive Shops at Canton Crossing have become a convenient example of what some see as a shift in development patterns aimed at taking advantage of new residents flocking to the neighborhood. "I'm disappointed in the development at Canton Crossing, not that it was developed, but in the architectural style of Canton Crossing. It ended up looking too much like a suburban shopping mall," said Councilman James Kraft, who represents that area of the city.

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Sustainability helps lure industrial projects to city

Sustainability helps lure industrial projects to city

The availability of LEED credits that come from building an industrial property in an urban area expected to become an added incentive in luring more industrial building back into cities. According to a case study released by Cushman & Wakefield Global Business Consulting group on Monday, the pursuit of sustainable development will help lure these companies back because urban sites provide the ability to gain credits for LEED certification because urban locations often provide the required development density, access to public transition and often brownfield development opportunities. “Organizations are increasingly pursuing sustainability goals for the industrial facilities within their supply chains – and achieving LEED certification for these facilities can be a meaningful differentiator,” said Matt Poreba, Cushman and Wakefield Consulting Manager, and author of the report, said in a news release.

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Civil lawsuit accuses Baltimore developers of fraud

Civil lawsuit accuses Baltimore developers of fraud

An investor is accusing local developers of fraud regarding the rehabilitation of properties in the North Central Historic District. San Francisco-based Foss and Co. filed a lawsuit in Baltimore City Circuit Court against Ibrahim Sheikh, Mohammed Ali Farooq and Sameena Farooq , as well as the companies Station North Development LLC and Maryland Management & Restoration LLC seeking $75,000 in compensatory damages and undefined punitive damages. The lawsuit accuses Sheikh, with the knowledge of Sameena Farooq and Mohammed Ali Farooq, of knowingly providing false information to secure an investment. "Defendants' scheme was to induce Foss to invest money into the Station North Project, falsify documents and generate false invoices to justify the investment, make false representations to the federal and state governments regarding the level of costs to rehabilitate the Properties to generate Historic Tax Credits, and then sell the Properties and Land, and move on to their next scheme," according to the lawsuit.

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Merritt pitches Canton office space

Baltimore's architecture review panel told the architect of Merritt Properties LLC's proposed office tower at Canton Crossing the project could use more detail. The Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel received its first look at plans for the proposed building on Thursday. The design by Michael Burton, an architect at Urban Design Group LLC, calls for a masonry base at the bottom of the building that transitions into a glass facade on the office space above the building's garage. "It's almost like a glass cube sitting on top of the brick," panelist Richard Burns said.

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Superblock lawsuit hearing set for May

Superblock lawsuit hearing set for May

Continuing legal challenges over the redevelopment of the Superblock project continue as other projects in Baltimore's downtown West Side continue to gain momentum. The city has long wanted to spur development in the section of downtown that was once a prime shopping location.

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