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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Over objections about the fairness of the process, the state Board of Public Works approved a land deal Wednesday that would allow a developer to build a luxury hotel and conference center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The university envisions a $115 million hotel to attract Big 10 conference attendees for a 3-acre tract across Route 1 from the main gates of campus, a long-held goal after other plans for that area failed. The university selected developer David Hillman of Southern Management Corp., which manages numerous apartment complexes in Baltimore and the Washington area.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Over objections about the fairness of the process, the state Board of Public Works approved a land deal Wednesday that would allow a developer to build a luxury hotel and conference center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The university envisions a $115 million hotel to attract Big 10 conference attendees for a 3-acre tract across Route 1 from the main gates of campus, a long-held goal after other plans for that area failed. The university selected developer David Hillman of Southern Management Corp., which manages numerous apartment complexes in Baltimore and the Washington area.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,SUN REPORTER | May 1, 2008
The state Board of Public Works approved yesterday the purchase by St. Mary's College of Maryland of 34 acres of undeveloped land from a member of the state college's board of trustees, over Comptroller Peter Franchot's objections. Franchot initially praised the liberal arts college's handling of the ethically tricky transaction but then changed course when Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp brought up an article in the St. Mary's Today newspaper criticizing the $800,000 sale as a "land scam" and likened it to a "sweetheart deal" for developer Michael P. O'Brien.
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February 2, 2012
It's hard to see how a land deal before the Harford County Council that would allow the county to swap 11 acres of public territory for about one acre of private land is a good one. The county is looking to clear up a dispute with the owner of a property adjacent to the 465-Swan Harbor Farm, the waterfront park on the Susquehanna Flats in Oakington between Havre de Grace and Aberdeen. At issue is a key piece of land through which the county park's driveway runs. The county has a survey that says the driveway is on county land; the owner of a neighboring farm, Griffith Davis, disputes the county's survey, and claims he has a more accurate one showing he owns the key access parcel.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,Sun reporter | July 8, 2007
A longtime state employee was fired the day after he was quoted in The Sun suggesting that the state did not follow normal procedures when it agreed to pay more than the highest appraised price for a piece of Eastern Shore preservation land. A spokesman for the Department of General Services denied that the statement had anything to do with the firing of Nelson E. Reichart, a 29-year veteran of state government who had served as that agency's assistant secretary for real estate since 2003.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | January 27, 1995
The Columbia Council last night agreed to hire an independent auditor to analyze the costs and benefits of a proposed $1.4 million recreational vehicle storage park -- a land deal involving the Rouse Co. that has raised concern over demand for the park, its price tag and risks from adjacent hazardous waste dumps.Councilman Michael Rethman said the audit -- for which the council allocated a maximum of $5,000 -- is a good idea because the arrangement negotiated with Rouse is "on the surface, a confusing deal."
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau | December 21, 1993
WASHINGTON -- With his approval ratings on the rise, a sack full of legislative successes and an economy that's steadily brightening, Bill Clinton should be coasting to the end of his first year as president in high spirits.But nagging hints of financial and sexual scandal, the kind that percolated during the presidential campaign, have bubbled to the surface once again and threaten to dim the year-end glow at the White House.New revelations have come to light involving a 1978 land deal between the Clintons and James McDougal, the president of a failed Arkansas savings and loan, and his wife, Susan.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,annie.linskey@baltsun.com | November 20, 2008
The Baltimore Board of Estimates approved a land deal yesterday for the Hollander 95 project in East Baltimore, giving developers portions of four roads for a dollar. M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the Baltimore Development Corp., said the city had intended to include the roads in the 51-acre parcel sold to developers in April 2005 for $4 million. "It was our staff; it was just a mistake," Brodie said. "The person handling the project forgot to include the street beds." The board, which is effectively controlled by Mayor Sheila Dixon, also granted developers permission to build a hotel on a portion of the land, a proposal that had concerned some nearby residents who worry that it would attract truckers and large vehicles.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1996
Their outrage expended in private, a quiet Baltimore County Council yesterday reviewed an illegal Lansdowne land deal without a nasty word for apologetic Ruppersberger administration officials.Although some councilmen suggested recently that the deal could trigger firings, there was no hint of retribution at the meeting."I'm trying not to point fingers ," said Councilman Douglas B. Riley, a Towson Republican, referring to the deal in which a community group used county-supplied federal funds to buy 3.5 acres.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2004
A chief of staff to former Gov. Parris N. Glendening said yesterday that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has misstated the genesis of a contentious proposal to sell state-owned preservation land in St. Mary's County to a private developer, and he wants the record corrected. In published reports last week, Ehrlich was quoted as saying that the land deal was conceived by Glendening before Ehrlich took office in January last year. In subsequent interviews, Ehrlich clarified his comments and said that although the purchase of the 836-acre tract was part of a huge land preservation deal largely executed by Glendening, he did not mean to imply that the resale of the land to a private developer was proposed by his predecessor.
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October 11, 2011
Any time the government gives away land - or sells it, for that matter - there's every reason for there to be a level of public uneasiness. After all, as the late Louis L. Goldstein was fond of pointing out, there's only so much land and the good Lord isn't making any more. In recent years, Harford County has engaged in some rather odd arrangements involving real estate, ranging from the give-away of Perryman waterfront property to a developer under a previous administration to the relatively recent swap-out of a county road right-of-way in Forest Hill.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2011
A neighborhood meeting in Northwest Baltimore to discuss a new supermarket opened with soft organ music and bowed heads, demonstrating the importance of such a facility to a community that has done without one for more than a decade. "We pray this night for this area, called Howard Park, in particular," the Rev. Donald Sterling said Friday at the pulpit in New All Saints Catholic Church, off Liberty Heights Avenue. On either side of the altar were displayed plans for a 68,000-square-foot state-of-the-art grocery store with more than 200 parking spaces.
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By Luke Broadwater | March 23, 2011
Last week, in this space I made an (extremely serious) argument for a Trump presidency, laying out the potential positives of having Donald Trump as our bloviator-in-chief. I envisioned Trump firing the Senate, getting in a shouting match with the United Nation or putting a huge photo of his smiling face on the Washington monument. (All, I maintain, still realistic possibilities.)  But, as is usually the case with Trump, he outdid any of my predictions.  This week, The Donald boasted of swindling -- that's right, actually illegally swindling -- Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in a land deal.
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By Childs Walker | childs.walker@baltsun.com | February 24, 2010
State auditors are questioning the sale of a valuable 34-acre parcel of land to St. Mary's College of Maryland by a member of its Board of Trustees and have asked criminal investigators to review whether the trustee received undue tax benefits from the deal. The audit, released Tuesday, says the college arrived at a purchase value of $1.625 million based on an appraisal ordered by the seller, trustee Michael O'Brien. It says St. Mary's College paid O'Brien $800,000 and, according to a letter from the college, treated another $825,300 as a donation, which was tax-deductible.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,annie.linskey@baltsun.com | October 21, 2009
Baltimore's spending panel is expected to approve a pair of land deals with prospective casino owners today that could fulfill Mayor Sheila Dixon's pledge to lower city property taxes. Under the agreement, the city would extend a 75-year lease for a Russell Street parcel to Baltimore City Entertainment Group to build a slots parlor, and enter into an unusual profit-sharing arrangement: The city would get 2.99 percent of the gross gambling revenue as rent. Also, the city would sell the casino owners three nearby plots that would immediately begin generating $3.2 million in annual property taxes.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,joseph.burris@baltsun.com | September 13, 2009
OAKLAND - - The 227 acres of Garrett County farmland that Shane Grady and two business partners purchased for $750,000 last year are teeming with soybeans, but that's not the yield the investors had in mind. The group was among the hundreds of county landowners who around this time last year signed lease agreements giving energy companies the right to drill in search of Marcellus Shale, a sedimentary rock containing natural gas deposits. With natural gas prices high, companies rushed to sign area residents to the agreements - one group that signed up had 500 landowners who owned more than 36,000 acres.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun Reporter | November 21, 2006
The Baltimore County Council approved the purchase of nearly 7 acres in Perry Hall for a new library last night. The deal, approved by a unanimous vote, followed two years of negotiations between the county government and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The government will give the church $1.1 million and 1.8 acres nearby in exchange for 6.7 acres of church-owned land at the northeast corner of Cross Road and Honeygo Boulevard. The county plans to use the land for a 25,000-square-foot library.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 31, 1996
WASHINGTON -- A federal bank examiner suggested in congressional testimony yesterday that Hillary Rodham Clinton ought to have known that a 1985 land deal arranged by an Arkansas thrift she represented was structured in a way that violated state law.The examiner, James T. Clark, told the Senate Whitewater Committee he found no evidence during his 1986 review of the thrift, Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, that then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton or his wife...
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,tim.wheeler@baltsun.com | December 4, 2008
In a move hailed by conservation leaders, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced plans yesterday to buy five large tracts of forest, farmland and waterfront for more than $71 million to preserve them from development and enhance public access to the Chesapeake Bay. The governor disclosed the deals to acquire more than 9,200 acres in Cecil, Charles, St. Mary's and Worcester counties as he unveiled a new computerized map of Maryland's environmentally valuable lands,...
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