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Top 5: ‘Only in Baltimore City’

Changes are coming to the Rotunda in Hampden and to the Light Street Pavilion at Harborplace, and East Baltimore residents rallied again in protest of EBDI. Those stories and more in this week’s business top 5.

1. Rotunda changes loom – by Melody Simmons

Outside the stately Rotunda development in Hampden Tuesday evening, the late winter sun set against a clear sapphire sky, offering a peaceful view.

Inside, the scene was less serene.

A group of local residents and business owners gathered for a meeting on the future of the mixed-use development that opened in 1971 as a retail hub in North Baltimore.

2. A big renewal for Harborplace – by Maria Zilberman

Right now, there is sawdust and only a handful of retail stores and restaurants open for business.

But come Memorial Day weekend, officials are hoping that an invigorated — and 95 percent occupied — Light Street Pavilion will greet Inner Harbor tourists.

3. O’Malley’s deduction reduction proposal in trouble – by Alexander Pyles

The leader of the state Senate said Wednesday that the governor’s proposal to reduce homeowner mortgage interest tax deductions will not survive the chamber’s Budget and Taxation Committee.

On a day in which Maryland Realtors pleaded with the committee to eliminate the budget provision, the office of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert and Prince George’s, said he did not expect the measure to receive much support.

4. Administration seeks transparency for new partnerships – by Alexander Pyles

Legislation creating rules of the road for public-private partnerships in Maryland would create a predictable and transparent process for awarding such contracts, according to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Brown, along with Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley and a dozen supporters, testified before the Environmental Matters Committee and members of the Appropriations Committee on the merits of House Bill 576, which seeks to establish policy that would govern so-called public-private partnerships, or P3s.

5. Second protest for local hiring held at EBDI – by Melody Simmons

Nearly 100 people seeking employment at the $1.8 billion redevelopment of Middle East marched on the 88-acre site Thursday — the second protest there for jobs in two months.

Chanting “If we don’t work, nobody works!” and “What do we want? Jobs!” the protesters marched around a one-mile square within the East Baltimore Development Inc. site.