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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore recently redesigned its website as part sales pitch and part guide. The reworked site offers information about community news, events, where to live, eat, shop and where to park in an effort to draw more people to live in the city, help new residents get to know downtown and be a tool for visitors. The local nonprofit's goal was to make the site, godowntownbaltimore.com, more useful for consumers in Baltimore, with a focus on "functionality, layout and design," said Michael Evitts, a spokesman for the partnership.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 1, 2014
CVS pharmacy, Chick-fil-A and Nalley Fresh will open locations at the Inner Harbor, joining Shake Shack and M&T Bank in a ground floor retail expansion at 400 East Pratt Street, the building's brokerage firm said today. The office tower's owner started expanding more than a year ago, renovating the lobby and working toward attracting shops and restaurants with outdoor seating. The landlord sought tenants that would be seen as amenities for office tenants as well as Inner Harbor workers and visitors, said David Leibowits, a partner of PDL Pratt Associates, the building's owner for more than 30 years.
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BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | January 13, 1993
Baltimore's Downtown Partnership has hired former Harbor Bank of Maryland President Joseph L. Aston as its new director of business development, asking the 55-year-old banker to help capital-strapped small downtown businesses and attract minority merchants to downtown."
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Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
As Baltimore's mayor on Wednesday consoled the family of a hospital worker used as a human shield during a gang shooting downtown, elected officials and community activists called on the city to do more to combat gang violence. The killing of Brandon Finney, a 25-year-old Maryland Shock Trauma Center technician, has rattled the city. He was waiting to catch a bus home after working a night shift Sunday when, police say, members of the Black Guerrilla Family targeted a rival Bloods member, who pulled Finney in front of him. Both died.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1997
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore gave H. Grant Hathaway, a NationsBank director, a lifetime achievement award for his leadership in helping to create the downtown management district and programs to improve safety and cleanliness in the area.Hathaway was one of eight individuals and companies to receive annual awards yesterday from the Partnership for finding a solution to a downtown problem or improving the quality of life there."We look for people who have made very significant contributions to downtown Baltimore usually personally or as a chief executive of a company," said Laurie Schwartz, president of the Partnership.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2001
The Downtown Partnership announced yesterday that it has elected a new chairman - James L. Shea, managing partner of the downtown law firm, Venable, Baetjer and Howard. Shea replaces Frank P. Bramble, chairman of Allfirst Financial Inc. The partnership strives to improve and market the city's central business district. "I think the Downtown Partnership is well-positioned with a dynamic administration in City Hall to really tackle two major and very much related issues," Shea said. "One is the economic development of the downtown district, East and West sides, and the North Central corridor up Charles Street.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2000
Six individuals, institutions and companies were honored yesterday for their contributions to the city by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, the business organization seeking to improve and market the city's downtown. Laurie Schwartz, the group's founder, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Schwartz left the group in June to serve as deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development. "We are thrilled to honor the dedicated and innovative minds that are working to make Baltimore a better place to live, work and play," said Michele Whelley, the new president of the partnership.
BUSINESS
By Kristine Henry and Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF | September 18, 1998
Six corporations and people were recognized last night at the annual meeting of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, a quasi-public economic development group, for their "outstanding efforts on behalf of downtown."The event, attended by several hundred people, was held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was the host."I am very proud of this year's winners and their dynamic efforts to make our city its best," he said. "The city joins Downtown Partnership in saluting their accomplishments."
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | January 15, 2002
Baltimore has made progress on some of the worst problems facing companies in the central financial district, according to an annual assessment by a local business group, the Downtown Partnership. The local business group's annual report doesn't dwell on the loss of jobs and revenue due to the economic slump. But, officials acknowledge, the core business district still faces parking shortages, a lack of retail stores, unused and unfit buildings, uncollected trash and a perception of high crime.
NEWS
July 31, 1996
BUSINESSES IN THE downtown special benefits district are complaining that center city looks seedy. They may be right, but a proposal to allow the Downtown Partnership, which manages the district, to borrow a million dollars or more for a needed facelift must be studied carefully.Laurie B. Schwartz, president of Downtown Partnership, says center city businesses are complaining about cracked sidewalks, crumbling curbs, unpainted crosswalks and broken benches. They want the district to have the power to borrow money to develop and implement a streetscape plan that would include new landscaping, sidewalk treatments, banners and other elements to give pedestrians a greater sense of being in a special place.
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By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A two-alarm blaze at an adjacent building caused damage to the historic Mayfair Theatre in downtown Baltimore and shut down light rail operations Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported at about 12:20 p.m. in the rear of a vacant building in the 300 block of W. Franklin St., and fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said that the neighboring theater suffered external damage. "The extent of the internal damage is not known as far as the Mayfair building itself," Brennan said.
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By Natalie Sherman and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The city's plan to award Baltimore Arena naming rights to the Royal Farms chain of convenience stores drew praise Tuesday as a pairing almost as good as Western fries and chicken, though some questioned the need to place another corporate logo on a municipal building. Under the terms of the agreement, Royal Farms would pay $250,000 annually over five years and rename the venue Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the deal would roughly triple the amount received by the city for the title sponsorship when it was known as 1st Mariner Arena . That agreement, approved in 2002, netted the city $75,000 a year before it expired at the end of 2012.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | August 12, 2014
Philadelphia-based Delancey Street Capital said Tuesday it bought the Sail Cloth Factory apartments near the University of Maryland, Baltimore for $12.9 million last month, the firm's fourth acquisition in the city. Delancey Street President Daniel Kline said he was drawn by the 107-unit building's prime location, as well as lower rents that he said make the property stand out. One bedroom apartments at the Sail Cloth Factory start around $1,110, but rates in nearby buildings that have been more recently renovated often start several hundred dollars higher.
BUSINESS
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Pandora soon will add its logo to the city's skyline as the company relocates its regional headquarters for the Americas and about 250 employees to Baltimore from Columbia by early 2015. The Danish jeweler known for its charm bracelets announced Thursday that it will lease five floors of the building at 250 W. Pratt St. with rights to place its bright-white logo on two sides of the skyscraper, easily visible from the stands at Oriole Park at Camden Yards . The move should serve the dual purpose of increasing Pandora's prominence in the region while accommodating the growing retailer's workforce, said Scott Burger, president of Pandora Americas.
NEWS
July 2, 2014
The Downtown Columbia Partnership has named Gregory A. Fitchitt as president and chair of the board and appointed Barbara A. Nicklas executive director. Established in 2013, the Downtown Columbia Partnership is an independent nonprofit dedicated to marketing and promoting downtown Columbia. The partnership's seven-member board elected Fitchitt and confirmed Nicklas in June. Fitchitt, who also serves as vice president of development for The Howard Hughes Corp., said, "This is an exciting time for Downtown Columbia as it evolves with the welcome addition of new retailers and restaurant options, and later this year, some new places to live.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore recently redesigned its website as part sales pitch and part guide. The reworked site offers information about community news, events, where to live, eat, shop and where to park in an effort to draw more people to live in the city, help new residents get to know downtown and be a tool for visitors. The local nonprofit's goal was to make the site, godowntownbaltimore.com, more useful for consumers in Baltimore, with a focus on "functionality, layout and design," said Michael Evitts, a spokesman for the partnership.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | August 16, 2007
CLARIFICATION A headline on Page 1A of yesterday's editions of The Sun said that homeless people were "booted" from a city street. While homeless persons interviewed by The Sun said they were forced to leave, the Downtown Partnership insisted in the article and again yesterday that its workers were merely clearing trash from the area. The headline should not have adopted one party's point of view.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
The Downtown Partnership plans to unveil an ambitious proposal Friday to create more than $100 million worth of new parks and public plazas throughout the central business district, including major projects for the Inner Harbor, Charles Center and west side. The proposal would transform the downtown landscape, with a green oasis where the 1st Mariner Arena stands and possibly the demolition of the Lexington Market Arcade to reopen the street as a public thoroughfare. The proposed work could also involve the realignment of city streets to make way for plazas and streetscape improvements.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is looking for money to fund the replacement of the deteriorating McKeldin Plaza fountain with trees and a grassy park by 2016. Downtown Partnership President Kirby Fowler said there is consensus among the city and other downtown stakeholders on designs, which show a trapezoid of green where the 1981 multi-level fountain currently stands.  The estimated cost of demolition and creation of the park, which would include trees and a “basic water feature” is about $3.5 million, he said.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
The popular Shake Shack burger chain said Tuesday it will open a Baltimore restaurant early next year. The Baltimore outpost will be located at 400 E. Pratt Street, the former Examiner newspaper building that is now home to the digital marketing firm R2integrated. Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti highlighted the restaurant's prime Inner Harbor location in a news release. The spot will have 80 seats inside and another 30 outside, according to the company. "Baltimore is a thriving city that's steeped in American history, food and culture.
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