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More BRAC leasing, Baltimore Data Day and tidbits

About 11,000 square feet of space at St. John Properties’ GATE project in Harford County has been leased by Telford Aviation Inc. as the BRAC area at Aberdeen Proving Ground continues to fill with new jobs and companies. Telford is ...

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Report: Baltimore developers got breaks worth $14M last year

Developers in Baltimore were granted more than $14 million in property tax breaks last year through 35 incentive deals with the Baltimore Development Corp., the city’s quasi-public development arm. An annual report issued Wednesday to the city’s Board of Estimates ...

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New restaurant at Chesapeake site should open in a year

Redevelopment of the long-abandoned Chesapeake Restaurant in the Station North Arts District is still on track despite a key restaurateur’s rejection of the $16 million project, city officials said Monday. Qayum Karzai, who owns the successful Helmand and Tapas Teatro ...

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UM BioPark looking to expand

While new development in much of Baltimore has slowed, a plan to expand the geographic boundaries at the University of Maryland BioPark and clear the way for a total of up to 2 million square feet of lab, hotel and ...

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New development in Annapolis, Pierce’s Park and tidbits

Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen is pushing legislation to streamline the review process for new development. The action was unveiled this week in the capital city and is being touted as an economic stimulus there. Cohen’s plan would eliminate duplicative ...

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Power Plant renovations for Phillips Seafood on Baltimore design panel’s agenda

Plans to renovate the exterior of the historic Power Plant building at the Inner Harbor for a new Phillips Seafood restaurant are scheduled to be unveiled before a city design panel next week. The renovations will be reviewed Thursday by ...

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EBDI wants to tap fund

East Baltimore Development Inc. and the city Department of Housing and Community Development want to cash out a $2.1 million debt service account funded by EBDI and replace it with a taxpayer-guaranteed bond. But an official with the federal Department ...

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Melody Simmons’ real estate notebook

The Strata Group this week formed a foreclosure unit that will specialize in “all aspects of transforming bank-owned properties into assets for homebuyers and investors in Central Maryland.” The group will offer comprehensive services to entities that control foreclosed properties, ...

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