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Nov 9, 2012

HMSHost lawsuit over travel plazas is dismissed

The longtime operator of the Maryland House and Chesapeake House has lost its legal challenge to the bidding and award process that transferred operational control of the two Interstate 95 rest stops to a Florida company.

Mar 9, 2012

Top 5: ‘This is plan B and C’

Tough decisions are being made in Annapolis about the state budget, and the long-time director of the Walter’s Art Museum announced he would be stepping down. Those stories and more in this week’s business top 5. 1. Analyst: ‘Doomsday Budget’ would cost 500 state jobs – by Alexander Pyles Hundreds of state jobs would be […]

Mar 7, 2012

Starbucks leaving I-95 travel plazas

A Board of Public Works vote will cost some Maryland drivers their grande cups of Pike Place Roast and venti Caramel Macchiatos. Areas USA Inc., the winning bidder in a Maryland Transportation Authority project to renovate two Interstate 95 travel plazas, does not have a relationship with Starbucks. The contract’s losing bidder, HMSHost — which […]

Mar 7, 2012

Board of Public Works approves travel plaza contract

ANNAPOLIS — Two Interstate 95 travel plazas will be “like-new” by December 2014 after the Maryland House and Chesapeake House are renovated to bring the facilities up to par with other plazas on the east coast. The Board of Public Works Wednesday voted 2-1 to approve the disputed contract to renovate the travel plazas in […]

Mar 2, 2012

Judge dissolves I-95 travel plaza restraining order

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge Friday dissolved a restraining order that prevented the Board of Public Works from awarding a contract to redevelop two Interstate 95 travel plazas. With the restraining order rescinded, the board is free to vote on the contract award at its biweekly meeting Wednesday. Bethesda-based HMSHost, a losing bidder on […]

Feb 22, 2012

Board of Public Works puts off vote on I-95 travel plaza modernization

ANNAPOLIS – The Board of Public Works Wednesday deferred its decision on a disputed contract proposal to renovate two travel plazas on Interstate 95 in Harford and Cecil counties. The deferment pushes the board’s vote to its next meeting, March 7. Comptroller Pete Franchot moved to defer the decision, with Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp seconding […]

Feb 21, 2012

Movers & Shakers, 2/21: Smith named director of governmental relations at McDaniel College, has book published

Herbert C. Smith has been named director of government relations at McDaniel College, where he is a political science professor and director of the Survey Research Center. He also co-wrote “Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance,” which was published Jan. 1. Smith has taught at McDaniel since 1973, and served as chair of the political […]

Feb 17, 2012

Dispute intensifies over I-95 travel plazas contract

The dispute over the contract to rebuild and manage two travel plazas on Interstate 95 intensified Friday, with the company most likely to win the bid denouncing accusations made by competitors, and one of those competitors filing suit. Areas USA Inc., a subsidiary of Spanish-owned Areas S.A., was recommended by the Maryland Transportation Authority to […]

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