Top 5: ‘Baltimore’s getting excited’

Lots of news from the General Assembly this week as the 90-day session began, and the Baltimore Ravens' first home playoff game in five years means big things for local merchandise retailers. Those stories and more in this week's business top 5. 1. Tremont Plaza to become apartments -- by Melody Simmons Baltimore’s Tremont Plaza Hotel will soon convert back to its original purpose: apartments. The 390-suite property’s owners said Monday the rooms would soon be altered into apartments and long-term stay places. Five members of the hotel’s sales staff were laid off on Friday after the renovations were announced, said Carol Chatham, a spokeswoman for the hotel’s owner, William C. Smith + Co. of Washington, D.C. 2. Miller, Busch consider different approaches for transportation - by Nicholas Sohr Maryland’s top legislative leaders agree the state needs to spend more on transportation projects but they’re not willing to go along with the proposed 15-cent gasoline tax hike over three years.

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