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Author Archives: Melody Simmons

Hillman: Superblock project is unfair

A Baltimore developer has written a blistering letter to City Hall disputing proposed tax breaks for the $150 million Superblock project downtown. The May 1 letter from David H. Hillman, chairman and CEO of Southern Management Corp., to Mayor Stephanie ...

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Jobs issue roils feelings at EBDI

As local residents seeking jobs have marched repeatedly on the $1.8 billion redevelopment of Middle East this spring, East Baltimore Development Inc. officials say they are making progress in their hiring efforts while they develop new goals and data to ...

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New plan to raze Mechanic

A local group is seeking to demolish the 45-year-old Morris A. Mechanic Theatre and replace it with two 30-story towers that would add 600 market-rate apartments to center city, a 150,000-square-foot retail complex and an underground parking garage. The $150 ...

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Transportation head Swaim-Staley to resign

Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley said Monday she is stepping down effective July 1 after a 25-year career in state government. Swaim-Staley was appointed in September 2009 by Gov. Martin O’Malley to oversee the department’s $3.8 billion ...

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Court of Appeals rules against preservationists’ bid to protect Superblock buildings

Neighboring business owners and preservationists have lost their bid to protect historic buildings in Baltimore’s Superblock redevelopment area. The Court of Appeals said Friday that the group cannot sue to enforce an agreement between the city and the Maryland Historical ...

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Baltimore again extends deadline for Superblock agreement

Top city officials Wednesday gave another extension to developers of the $150 million Superblock project so they could line up financing — including a newly proposed taxpayer-supported incentive that city officials say totals $17.6 million — and retail tenants. The ...

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Green Spring Station plans spur opposition

Inside the upscale corridors at Green Spring Station, window displays show the latest fashions and whimsical accessories. But the ornate and colorful frills offered daily to hundreds of visitors to the Lutherville development mask a tug of war that has ...

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City Council to get Superblock tax proposal

A 20-year city property tax break for the developers of the $150 million Superblock development downtown was introduced in the City Council Monday night to provide an incentive city officials say is needed for the long-stalled project to move forward. ...

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