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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2011
Baltimore officials agreed this week to lease a 6-acre waterfront parcel worth nearly half a million dollars to developer Patrick Turner for free for 40 years. In return, Turner pledged to plant trees, widen a ravine and wetland area, and maintain the land as a public park. The land is sandwiched between the site of Turner's planned $1.5 billion Westport development and an Interstate 95 bridge, according to a lease agreement. "We're actually saving the city money by taking the liability off of it," Turner said.
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By Natalie Sherman | March 18, 2014
U.S. bankruptcy judge Robert Gordon on Tuesday denied a bid for more time sought by Westport developer Patrick Turner, who has been trying for almost a decade to turn a blank swath of Baltimore's western waterfront into a vibrant, mixed-use community. Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp., which made a $30 million loan to Turner's group that was due in 2010, holds “all the cards,” said Gordon, criticizing Turner's team for not providing a more detailed explanation of how they propose to move forward and why such a plan would merit an extension.
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December 2, 2009
The Silo Point luxury condominium project in Locust Point has been named the best high-rise development in the Americas by the International Property Awards. The awards recognize residential and commercial developments across the globe in categories of development, design, architecture and marketing. Silo Point, a former grain elevator redeveloped by Turner Development Group, competed with entries from the U.S., South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama, Canada, Belize and Bermuda and was chosen as best overall in high-rise development.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
A U.S. bankruptcy court is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to grant more time to developer Patrick Turner, who has tried for 10 years to transform the empty Westport waterfront from grassy marsh to a bustling neighborhood. The decision could end efforts by Turner, who was hailed as a visionary for his 2006 plan to create a $1.4 billion community of offices, townhouses and hotels on about 42 acres along the western corner of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, but who has struggled to find the money to push the project forward.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
The foreclosure auction of a 43-acre plot of waterfront land in Westport that was scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because an involuntary bankruptcy petition has been filed against the land's corporate owner, according to the auctioneer. Inner Harbor West LLC, a company affiliated with developer Patrick Turner, owes a construction firm and a land consulting company more than $200,000, according to the petition, filed last week by the consultant and builder. The auction had to be canceled because of the petition, said Andrew L. Billig, a member of the auction house A.J. Billig and Co. The land's trustees will have to convince the bankruptcy judge that the sale should proceed, he said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
A lawsuit over the ownership of the Westport waterfront that was dismissed last month by a bankruptcy judge will be re-filed in a different court, an attorney for real estate developer Patrick Turner said Monday. Kenneth B. Frank said the suit against potential investors, alleging they conspired to gain control of a 43-acre waterfront in southwest Baltimore, will soon be filed in federal district court. Frank, who represents Turner, his partner Thomas B. Fore and their Westport-related companies, said Judge Robert A. Gordon determined bankruptcy court was not an appropriate venue for the suit.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
One of Baltimore's most prolific developers faces two lawsuits for unpaid bills related to stalled urban renewal projects along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. A lawsuit against Turner Development's principal, Patrick Turner, and a second suit against a Turner-affiliated company are pending in Baltimore Circuit Court - asserting claims totaling more than $200,000. The suits further complicate the development of prime waterfront real estate that has been slated for renewal, by Turner and others, for much of the last decade.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey , annie.linskey@baltsun.com | December 8, 2009
The Baltimore housing department holiday charity event at the heart of three criminal charges against Mayor Sheila Dixon has been discontinued, city officials said Monday. Dixon declined to comment on the end of the Holly Trolley program, which was started by then-Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to distribute holiday gifts to the city's needy. Dixon has also declined to answer any questions about what witnesses during the three-week trial described as the lax management of the program. City officials said the program distributed several thousand dollars' worth of gifts at Christmastime; documents show that the housing department purchased at least $5,500 in toys and gift cards in 2007.
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By Natalie Sherman | March 18, 2014
U.S. bankruptcy judge Robert Gordon on Tuesday denied a bid for more time sought by Westport developer Patrick Turner, who has been trying for almost a decade to turn a blank swath of Baltimore's western waterfront into a vibrant, mixed-use community. Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp., which made a $30 million loan to Turner's group that was due in 2010, holds “all the cards,” said Gordon, criticizing Turner's team for not providing a more detailed explanation of how they propose to move forward and why such a plan would merit an extension.
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By JEAN MARBELLA | November 17, 2009
Remember when you were a kid, you and your friends spent hours wondering if it was worse to die in a fire or by drowning, or whether you'd rather be shot or stabbed? Now that I'm grown up, I ponder a different existentialist dilemma: Would I rather have my love life or my financial one on public display in a courtroom? In other words, is it more embarrassing for a boyfriend to testify about your nightly telephone conversations, or for someone to document how you bought a $1,779.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
A lawsuit over the ownership of the Westport waterfront that was dismissed last month by a bankruptcy judge will be re-filed in a different court, an attorney for real estate developer Patrick Turner said Monday. Kenneth B. Frank said the suit against potential investors, alleging they conspired to gain control of a 43-acre waterfront in southwest Baltimore, will soon be filed in federal district court. Frank, who represents Turner, his partner Thomas B. Fore and their Westport-related companies, said Judge Robert A. Gordon determined bankruptcy court was not an appropriate venue for the suit.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
The foreclosure auction of a 43-acre plot of waterfront land in Westport that was scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because an involuntary bankruptcy petition has been filed against the land's corporate owner, according to the auctioneer. Inner Harbor West LLC, a company affiliated with developer Patrick Turner, owes a construction firm and a land consulting company more than $200,000, according to the petition, filed last week by the consultant and builder. The auction had to be canceled because of the petition, said Andrew L. Billig, a member of the auction house A.J. Billig and Co. The land's trustees will have to convince the bankruptcy judge that the sale should proceed, he said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
News that Citigroup is foreclosing on developer Patrick Turner's Westport Waterfront property did not alarm Keisha Allen, the leader of the Westport Neighborhood Association. "To the average person, it looks like everything in Westport is tied up with Pat Turner," Allen said Tuesday. But, she said, "the waterfront is the icing on the cake of development that's happening here. " Financial troubles for Turner's massive mixed-use development along the western shore of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco river have been simmering for months, culminating with Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
One of Baltimore's most prolific developers faces two lawsuits for unpaid bills related to stalled urban renewal projects along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. A lawsuit against Turner Development's principal, Patrick Turner, and a second suit against a Turner-affiliated company are pending in Baltimore Circuit Court - asserting claims totaling more than $200,000. The suits further complicate the development of prime waterfront real estate that has been slated for renewal, by Turner and others, for much of the last decade.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2011
Baltimore officials agreed this week to lease a 6-acre waterfront parcel worth nearly half a million dollars to developer Patrick Turner for free for 40 years. In return, Turner pledged to plant trees, widen a ravine and wetland area, and maintain the land as a public park. The land is sandwiched between the site of Turner's planned $1.5 billion Westport development and an Interstate 95 bridge, according to a lease agreement. "We're actually saving the city money by taking the liability off of it," Turner said.
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By Laura Vozzella and laura.vozzella@baltsun.com | January 28, 2010
I would have figured Patrick Turner had done his last favor for a Baltimore politician. But the developer, who landed most uncomfortably on the witness stand after buying $1,000 in gift cards at Sheila Dixon 's request, seems to be doing someone else's bidding. I have it on good authority that Turner approached at least one member of the City Council and urged him to support Councilman Bill Cole for council president. Next thing, we'll hear Ron Lipscomb is out twisting arms.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
A U.S. bankruptcy court is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to grant more time to developer Patrick Turner, who has tried for 10 years to transform the empty Westport waterfront from grassy marsh to a bustling neighborhood. The decision could end efforts by Turner, who was hailed as a visionary for his 2006 plan to create a $1.4 billion community of offices, townhouses and hotels on about 42 acres along the western corner of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, but who has struggled to find the money to push the project forward.
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella and laura.vozzella@baltsun.com | January 28, 2010
I would have figured Patrick Turner had done his last favor for a Baltimore politician. But the developer, who landed most uncomfortably on the witness stand after buying $1,000 in gift cards at Sheila Dixon 's request, seems to be doing someone else's bidding. I have it on good authority that Turner approached at least one member of the City Council and urged him to support Councilman Bill Cole for council president. Next thing, we'll hear Ron Lipscomb is out twisting arms.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey , annie.linskey@baltsun.com | December 8, 2009
The Baltimore housing department holiday charity event at the heart of three criminal charges against Mayor Sheila Dixon has been discontinued, city officials said Monday. Dixon declined to comment on the end of the Holly Trolley program, which was started by then-Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to distribute holiday gifts to the city's needy. Dixon has also declined to answer any questions about what witnesses during the three-week trial described as the lax management of the program. City officials said the program distributed several thousand dollars' worth of gifts at Christmastime; documents show that the housing department purchased at least $5,500 in toys and gift cards in 2007.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2009
The Silo Point luxury condominium project in Locust Point has been named the best high-rise development in the Americas by the International Property Awards. The awards recognize residential and commercial developments across the globe in categories of development, design, architecture and marketing. Silo Point, a former grain elevator redeveloped by Turner Development Group, competed with entries from the U.S., South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama, Canada, Belize and Bermuda and was chosen as best overall in high-rise development.
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