State Center hearing to be held Tuesday

Summary judgment hearing complicated by confidentiality of documents

  • Rendering of the proposed State Center complex at Howard and MLK.
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January 14, 2013|By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge is set to hear another round of arguments about the $1.5 billion State Center redevelopment, an ambitious overhaul 28 acres in midtown Baltimore.

Judge Althea M. Handy has been asked to determine whether there still are disputed facts in the case, launched by a group of downtown businesses and landlords in 2010. A hearing on the issue is schedule for Tuesday afternoon.

Opponents of the development, in the pipeline since the mid-2000s, allege that it would siphon tenants from downtown office buildings and that a noncompetitive process was used to select the developers. The state claims the development agreement for the project is not a procurement contract so state procurement laws do not apply.

Attorneys for the state consider documents that could be discussed during the hearing to be confidential, according to court records, so the hearing may be closed to the public.

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