GAO rejects challenge of office project

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January 16, 1991|By Edward Gunts

The U. S. General Accounting Office has thrown out developer Leonard Attman's challenge to the federal government's decision last year to have a group headed by Otis Warren and Theo Rodgers build a $37 million office building for federal agencies at the southwest corner of Howard and Baltimore streets.

The decision clears the way for construction to begin on the 10-story project, which will be the first major office building in downtown Baltimore to be developed by a group headed by African-Americans.

Mr. Attman, who headed one of nearly a dozen groups that bid for the project, had challenged the federal award on grounds that, for a variety of reasons, Mr. Warren's site was not the best location for a new federal office building.

According to federal officials, the protest was dismissed because Mr. Attman's group did not have sufficient standing to contest the decision. Rob Hewell, a branch chief in the real estate division of the GAO, said Mr. Attman's group was not considered an "interested party" because if the award was taken away from Mr. Warren, his group would not have been the next in line to get it.

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