christopher shea

Apr 21, 2013

EBDI misses revenue projections, triggers special tax

Baltimore Department of Finance officials were forced to send a “special tax” bill of $1.2 million to East Baltimore Development Inc. in March in order to meet the scheduled payment on tax increment financing bonds sold to partially fund the $1.8 billion redevelopment of Middle East.

May 30, 2012

Officials blast EBDI results

A group of East Baltimore elected officials vowed Wednesday to shut down construction, public funding and permits at the $1.8 billion East Baltimore Development Inc. project, saying that the massive development effort has failed to hire local workers and companies, build housing for relocated families and return financial benefits to the community. With a backdrop […]

Apr 17, 2012

Hiring meeting at EBDI goes nowhere

A meeting that included developers and city politicians to discuss revisions to local hiring goals for the $1.8 billion redevelopment of Middle East was ended abruptly Tuesday by East Baltimore Development Inc. officials after members of the community refused to leave the work session. Cheryl Washington, EBDI’s senior director of community and human services, halted […]

Mar 29, 2012

Four arrested in protest at EBDI

Four protestors were arrested Thursday during a protest march for jobs near the 88-acre East Baltimore Development Inc. site following a clash with Baltimore police. Carrying signs and chanting, “Our community, our jobs” and “If we don’t work, nobody works,” about 200 protestors marched on Johns Hopkins Hospital and then moved near construction of the […]

Dec 20, 2011

Marchers demand jobs at EBDI

Chanting “We want jobs” and “If we don’t work, nobody works,” about 200 city residents marched on East Baltimore Development Inc. headquarters Tuesday, demanding more employment opportunities at the 88-acre redevelopment site. The protest was organized by Baltimore Community Churches United, whose leaders said EBDI executives had canceled a meeting Monday for discussing hiring goals [&he[...]

Dec 8, 2011

East Baltimore group demands hires come from community

Saying it has organized 900 residents, Baltimore Churches & Community United vowed Thursday to protest at East Baltimore Development Inc. if half of the workforce for upcoming construction projects does not live in the community. During an angry two-hour meeting inside Triumph Christian Church at 2200 E. Oliver St., more than 300 city residents shouted […]

Nov 30, 2011

Activist Gresham chosen for EBDI board

Donald Gresham, a community activist in Middle East who has protested against East Baltimore Development Inc. and its planned $1.8 billion redevelopment of the community, has been chosen to serve as a voting member on the EBDI board. Gresham’s candidacy was sponsored by Baltimore City Council member Warren Branch, whose 13th District encompasses much of […]

Nov 9, 2011

EBDI leaders hit on job creation at hearing

Former residents and job seekers from East Baltimore hammered at officials of East Baltimore Development Inc. on Wednesday about missed employment opportunities and delayed housing during a packed hearing in the City Council chamber on the controversial $1.8 billion redevelopment project, now in its second decade. The two-hour investigative hearing, a continuation from a March […]

Oct 25, 2011

EBDI head walks out of City Hall during meeting

A meeting to address construction and communication problems between residents of Middle East and East Baltimore Development Inc. was abruptly halted Tuesday after two top executives from EBDI walked out when a reporter showed up. EBDI’s CEO, Christopher Shea, and its senior vice president of real estate development, Dennis Miller, stopped the scheduled two-hour meeting […]

Oct 19, 2011

EBDI’s CEO says work at school site is preparation, not demolition

Residents of Middle East say demolition has started at the site of a new community school before all city permits have been issued and all rodent and air quality monitors have been put into place, but the top executive of East Baltimore Development Inc. said that no demolition has taken place. The residents emailed an […]

Aug 24, 2011

EBDI development plan draws fire from Middle East residents

Residents of Middle East reacted angrily again Wednesday night against efforts to present a new development plan for their community, saying they have been disenfranchised from the process and fear they will be priced out of their neighborhood. In a third meeting at East Baltimore Development Inc., called to discuss a proposed plan for the […]

Aug 11, 2011

Community challenges new EBDI plan

During a second contentious meeting in two weeks, a group of Middle East residents Thursday night challenged a new plan for the massive redevelopment of their community by East Baltimore Development Inc. For more than an hour, about 50 angry residents of the area questioned the motives and intent of EBDI and Forest City-New East […]

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