May 17, 2012
The master developer of Columbia's Town Center aims to begin construction by early next year on a $100 million apartment and retail complex, the area's first new housing in a decade. The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia will be a six-story, 380-unit development that the Howard Hughes Corp. plans to build in a joint venture with Kettler of McLean, Va., and Orchard Development of Ellicott City, on land next to The Mall in Columbia. Rents are expected to range from $1,600 a month for a one-bedroom apartment to $2,800 for a three-bedroom unit — making them among the highest in the region.
January 23, 2012
As one who was told, by name, to "shut up and listen" by a fellow resident at the recent pre-submission meeting concerning GGP's plans for the mall, I feel compelled to comment on three portions of your article, "Mall plans draw tepid response" (Jan. 19). One: You claim that residents were "unconvinced at first that (GGP's) hands were tied" in terms of sharing more information about their plans. Actually, we continue to be unconvinced. Contrary to GGP's assertion, the county's development approval process clearly allows them to share whatever additional information they want to share about their plans.
November 13, 2011
As their bus rumbled through housing projects and dilapidated schools and toward Harbor East — one of the crown jewels of Baltimore's revitalized waterfront — Zion Baptist Church Pastor Marshall Prentice asked his parishioners how they felt after hearing about the millions of tax breaks given to developers there. "I'm a teacher, and I'm really upset," said Linda Jones, 62, recalling the three-inch cockroaches that scurried through her school and the library that was shut down due to budget cuts.
April 8, 2011
An 18-hole miniature golf course on Rash Field, a 28-passenger "trackless train," a tethered balloon, a zip line and a variety of other outdoor-related activities are among nine proposals that aim to enliven Baltimore's Inner Harbor shoreline. The Baltimore Development Corp., which oversees downtown development for the city, received the bids after it issued a request for proposals from groups interested in adding family-oriented attractions to the Inner Harbor in time for the 2012 summer tourist season.
July 21, 2010
Two office buildings in downtown Baltimore, both of which had been undergoing conversion to hotels, are scheduled to be sold at back-to-back foreclosure auctions next month. According to the website for Alex Cooper auctioneers, which is handling both sales, the first involves the former Keyser Building at 201-207 E. Redwood St., a 10-story structure that was being renovated to reopen as a 130-room Hotel Indigo. It will be offered for sale at an auction on the premises at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 12. The Hotel Indigo was expected to open by early fall of 2009, but the work was never completed.
November 29, 2009
Recession requires sacrifice from officials [Re: "Small raise proposed for officials," Howard County edition, Nov. 22] This is an example of how some people won't tighten their belt until personally affected. The proposed raises are admittedly minuscule and will make little difference, if any, in take home pay - and it was extremely generous of these officials to recently donate portions of their salary to charity and back to the county. But this is exactly the point: We are in a severe recession with high unemployment of our citizens and this requires sacrifice on the part of those still employed and able to CONTROL government expenses.