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Author Archives: Melody Simmons

Maryland builders banking on BRAC bonanza

If you build it, they will come. That’s what builders and contractors were told at a forum on base realignment and closure (BRAC), the ongoing military base restructuring that will bring 28,000 jobs to the region by mid-September to be ...

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Phone companies oppose Baltimore telephone tax hike

Representatives of three major telecommunications companies urged members of a Baltimore City Council committee Thursday not to raise a local tax on phone lines, saying customers could opt to have their service based in a surrounding county as a way ...

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Baltimore spending panel approves $21M in snowstorm expenses

The Board of Estimates voted Wednesday to approve $21.1 million in emergency snow and tree removal bills from the historic two blizzards that paralyzed the city with 50 inches of snow in February. The panel — Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City ...

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Randallstown Plaza overhaul includes government offices

The center of Randallstown Plaza has long been a vacant eyesore, flanked by a group of small businesses that include a Radio Shack, nail salon, aquarium and reptile store and a soul food restaurant. But come fall, this sleepy shopping ...

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February snow removal costs Baltimore City $21M

The tab to clear Baltimore’s streets following back-to-back blizzards in February is finally in — and the $21.1 million bill includes charges for snow and tree removal and more than $217,000 for boxed lunches and hot coffee. The city’s Board ...

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State’s housing market still ‘very fragile’

Nearly two weeks before the start of National Homeownership Month, the state’s secretary of housing and community development told a group of advocates on Tuesday that Maryland’s housing market “remains very fragile and could go in either direction.” Secretary Raymond ...

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Not all good news in home sale report

Local housing experts offered a mixed reaction Monday to a report that showed increases in home sales prices, total units sold and average sales prices in the region last month when compared to figures from April 2009 thanks, in part, ...

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