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Another appeal filed over Baltimore slots license

The developer pursuing the Baltimore city slots license through a series of court and administrative challenges filed another appeal Wednesday, sending the case to the state Court of Special Appeals.

“When all of this litigation is over, we’re going to get a [gaming] license and the Russell Street property, and build a great casino,” said Michael Moldenhauer, the developer. “I’m looking forward to that day.”

Donald C. Fry, chairman of the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, said the appeal would not impede efforts to find another company to build a Baltimore casino.

The commission offered the license up for bids again in April, despite an ongoing legal battle with Moldenhauer’s Baltimore City Entertainment Group. BCEG was the only bidder for the license in 2009, but Fry’s commission tossed the bid.

The Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals upheld that decision, and a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge reaffirmed it in a June 1 ruling.

“We had hoped the decision of the circuit court judge would put an end to that, but we are still very confident … that the commission’s decision will prevail,” Fry said.

New bids for the Baltimore license are due July 28, and Fry expects to award the license by the end of the year.