Forums focus on city growth

July 24, 2008|By JOHN FRITZE

A union representing hotel workers is planning to hold a series of forums about development in Baltimore, focusing on the relationships among city subsidies, development and jobs.

Unite Here, a hotel and restaurant workers union with 5,000 members in Maryland - about 2,200 of them in Baltimore - will hold the first discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 7-9 Mulberry St.

Roxie Herbekian, associate director of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Unite Here, said the focus of the talks would be, in part, to make sure communities affected by major developments in the city have a chance to weigh in on the process.

"If we wait until the shovels are in the ground, that's usually too late for the community to have a real impact," Herbekian said. "That's why we're starting now."

The sessions will take place days after the City Council introduced a proposal that would grant $90 million in incentives to Westport developer Patrick Turner, of Baltimore-based Turner Development.

Several city officials are expected to attend the session.

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