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This Sept. 3, 2013 file photo shows the Superblock corridor along West Lexington Street in Baltimore. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Would-be Superblock developer not giving up

The ousted developer of the Superblock will appeal a Baltimore judge’s decision to throw out its lawsuit seeking to block new bids on the West Side project.

Lexington Square Partners LLC filed its notice of appeal Monday in Baltimore City Circuit Court, according to court records. Judge Pamela J. White ruled last month a land development agreement between the city and Lexington Square terminated June 30, 2013, because the two sides had not reached a settlement nor had conditions of the settlement been met.

The city and Lexington Square entered the agreement in 2007 for a $150 million redevelopment. The agreement had been extended five times since 2007, but city officials last June denied Lexington Square’s request for a sixth extension in order to line up financing.

White, in her ruling last month, rejected Lexington Square’s argument that the agreement was ambiguous and that the parties intended to negotiate further extensions of the contract.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, speaking to reporters Wednesday morning after the Board of Estimates’ meeting, said she was frustrated the legal proceedings will continue and that “we need to stop suing and start doing.”

“There are too many projects that will lead to good jobs and the development of our community not to get them going,” she said. “So, my hope is that the project on the Superblock will move forward.”

Lexington Square’s lawsuit, filed in September, sought to establish that the city breached the contract and must pay at least $57 million in damages, as provided under the agreement and in compensation for lost revenue. Lexington Square also has a $50 million claim against Baltimore Development Corp., the city’s co-defendant, for tortious interference with the developer’s contract with the city.

The developer is represented by Jason M. St. John and Robin D. Leone of Saul Ewing LLP in Baltimore.

The case is Lexington Square Partners LLC v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, 24C13005455.

Daily Record business reporter Adam Bednar contributed to this article.