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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2011
The Baltimore Development Corp. announced Tuesday that it is seeking proposals from groups to redevelop city-owned property in the Broadway East neighborhood. Acting on behalf of the city, the development agency set Aug. 3 as the deadline for bids for a former Department of Transportation maintenance and warehouse facility bounded roughly by Oliver, Wolfe and Gay streets; Llewelyn Avenue; and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor tracks. Containing seven vacant structures and zoned for industrial use, the 3.5-acre site is close to the Johns Hopkins medical campus in East Baltimore.
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By Jake Nevins and For the Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Complete with beautifully finished hardwood flooring and newly renovated outdoor space, this Bethesda home is a suburban heaven. Built in 1998, it boasts five bedrooms and six bathrooms, sitting on nearly three acres of pastorally green land. The house includes an enormous kitchen and two stunning patios that offer both seclusion and ideal entertaining space. Grand windows fill the house with natural light while its bucolic surroundings give it a warm, relaxed ambiance. Whether barbecuing out back or simply enjoying the sun from inside, a family can enjoy nature in all the modern luxuries of this home.
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | June 29, 2012
The massive database of tax bills we compiled for properties in Baltimore -- what owners had to pay and what breaks if any they received -- is getting some suburban company. Take a gander at this new searchable database of Harford County property taxes . It's for the tax year that ends Saturday, giving you a look at bills for the last 12 months and an opportunity to compare and contrast. How does your bill compare with your neighbors' bills? How much are big companies paying?
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By Lily Hua and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
A terraced lawn accompanied by a stone patio and an in-ground pool makes spending summer outside this Colonial-style single-family home effortless. The interior of the home, which dates to 1800, gives a nod to its past with four wood-burning fireplaces, classic granite countertops, pine floors and extensive moldings. Tasteful and elegant pillars support the exterior balconies. The spacious abode has seven bedrooms, 5½  bathrooms, a smokehouse with a second-floor studio, and a detached garage with offices above.
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April 16, 2011
When I read about an effort in the Baltimore City Council to obtain corporate sponsorship for city buildings and property, I could not resist making a list of possible new appellations and potential partnerships for our town. One of the first pieces of municipal property that came to mind was the Shot Tower. Perhaps I thought about it because I can see it from my desk, if I lean back in my chair as if I am taking a snooze (a posture I often assume in the late afternoon). From my vantage point, not much has been happening at the tower other than an American flag occasionally flying atop it (which was, at one point earlier this year, inexplicably replaced with a smiley-face flag)
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
A large waterfront parcel in Port Covington sold for $2 million at foreclosure auction Thursday to an investor who declined to identify himself. The site contains 5.2 acres of land and about five additional acres on two piers that jut into Winan's Cove. It is assessed for tax pursposes at $521,000. The site's previous owner, Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, defaulted on a multimillion-dollar mortgage, resulting in the trustee-ordered sale. The now-defunct developer owed more than $10.7 million for the land in South Baltimore off East Cromwell Street.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Maryland, meet Comptroller Peter Franchot's newest gimmick to convince you to collect more than $980 million in unclaimed property: Sherlock Franchot. This year's tongue-in-cheek campaign features Franchot as the beloved British detective Sherlock Holmes, complete with a calabash pipe, deerstalker hat and an "elementary" catch phrase. The campaign to reunite residents with lost property, waged every year, comes with a 151-page tabloid put in local newspapers that lists the tens of thousands of people whose lost cash and property ends up in the hands of the state of Maryland.  It also comes with a spoof YouTube video that opens with a deep movie-trailer voice.
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June 2, 2012
Suffered storm damage on your property? Here are some things you should do: • Contact your insurance company immediately. • Take photos or video. Wait to remove damaged property until after an insurance adjuster sees it. • If you must relocate, make sure your insurance company knows how to reach you. • Keep receipts from emergency repairs and temporary living expenses. • Make only repairs needed to prevent further damage. Do not make permanent repairs before consulting with your insurance company to avoid expenses that will not be reimbursed.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides said Monday he's in the early stages of exploring whether to buy two controversial properties in the city. Pantelides said he's been approached by residents and activists about buying the Crystal Spring Farm property on the edge of the city as well as the vacant Fawcett Boat Supplies building on the water at City Dock. Controversial developments have been proposed for both properties. Pantelides said he has his eye on Crystal Spring, a 180-acre property off of Forest Drive that's proposed to have senior living and continuing care units, an inn, an arts center, a shopping center and non-age-restricted town homes.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2010
Stevenson University has launched an environmental study of the former Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, the next step in evaluating contamination at the state-owned land where the school hopes to expand its campus. The school has hired Urban Green Environmental LLC of Baltimore to conduct a second study meant to figure out more precisely the extent of contamination found in a state study last summer and fall, said a spokeswoman, Glenda LeGendre. In that study, Arc EnvironmentSal Inc. researched historical records and inspected the former institution for mentally disabled people.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Prime pieces of farmland like this one on the auction block in northern Baltimore County are few and far between. Ideally situated among the rolling hills of Maryland's horse country, 4101 Butler Road in Glyndon is a 189-acre, horseshoe-shaped estate adjacent to Sagamore Farm, the well-known thoroughbred horse breeding center. A completely renovated, 304-year-old farmhouse, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, is nestled on the property. The current owners farm out portions of the land for soybean and hay. There is also a one-bedroom cottage on a 1-plus-acre building site.
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By Leah Polakoff and For the Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Enjoy the tide from your own backyard with this spacious house in Annapolis. From the pier that sprawls across the edge of the backyard, watch the sea of sailboats that have become a staple of life on Weems Creek, then launch your own. The spacious Annapolis house boasts an open plan and six bedrooms (two are master bedrooms). Built in 1967 and remodeled in 1997, it's well suited for entertaining adults on the multilevel deck or throwing the kids a pool party. Guests will arrive via the elegant paved driveway curving in the front of the house.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Jill and Allan Bennett have filled a 22,000-square foot building with a dark and creepy mix of bloody monsters and pitch-black mazes. But soon their popular haunted house, Bennett's Curse, will be homeless, as the property they lease in Jessup is slated for development. The grassy field where their white building holds giant vampire bats, menacing monsters and creepy grim reapers will eventually become part of a mixed-use development of townhouses, shops and offices. So even as they open this weekend for their fall season, the Bennetts are scouting for a new location to set up their fright show for next year.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
In 1936, the owners of Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore built a manor home on more than 54 acres in Howard County that once belonged to the descendants of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. That property at 3925 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City is now for sale for $7 million. "I call this one of the prime, principal properties of Howard County, sitting on one of the highest elevations there," said listing agent Creig Northrop, of the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate.
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September 11, 2014
I must say I found reporter Michael Dresser 's perspective on the Baltimore County executive's race quite unbalanced ( "Baltimore County executive race is financial mismatch," Aug. 26). Mismatch, there most definitely is. And I believe the people of Baltimore County will without question be all the better as a result of it. One may find truth in the description of "an increasingly Democratic-leaning county. " However, the "power of incumbency" leaves County Executive Kevin Kamenetz standing alone to atone for his style of management in the eyes of Baltimore County voters.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Pastor Elbert Street noticed a small crack in the wall behind the pulpit at Grace Christian Baptist Church. It widened. Then a branch appeared. A cluster of leaves unfurled. That was when Street realized that something was growing between the walls of his East Baltimore church: an 8-foot-tall tree. The 79-year-old pastor and others took the wall apart, hacked down the tree and hauled away bags of branches and roots. The tree came back. They cut it down again. And then again.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
The Baltimore County Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday to allow the former Solo Cup property in Owings Mills to be redeveloped as an office and retail hub called Foundry Row. The 385,000 square foot development is expected to be anchored by a Wegmans grocery store, a fitness chain, and a sporting goods store. There will also be restaurants, more retail stores and 40,000 square feet of office space. The re-development of the 52-acre property will cost $140 million, according to a Thursday statement from project developer Greenberg Gibbons.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Towson developer Caves Valley Partners placed its 1111 Light Street building on the market last month, and is asking $42 million for the Federal Hill property, which houses apartments, stores and offices for budding tech firms. The company has requested bids by the end July, said Jorge Rosa, director of Cushman & Wakefield's Multifamily Advisory Group, which is representing Caves in its sale of the building, completed in 2012 for roughly $33 million. Rosa said on Friday that the firm, which has traditionally held onto its developments, saw an opportunity to capitalize on interest in Baltimore.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has appointed a three-member panel to distribute up to $3 million to the owners of historic properties whose tax bills in coming years will be higher than what government officials told them to expect. Retired Baltimore City Circuit Judge  John M.  Glynn, City Auditor Robert McCarty, and City Solicitor George Nilson will decide which owners will get the checks, which will cover portions of up to nine years of future tax bills. About 75 property owners submitted applications that could make them eligible to receive the checks, city officials said.
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August 26, 2014
I join letter writer Joe Heldmann in being thankful that he sold his Ocean City rental property ( " Ocean City needs to enforce its laws," Aug. 22). He rented it out for an entire season to Russian "kids," while he slept soundly 150 miles away in Catonsville. His $25 noise ordinance fee is hardly enough to keep police officers at his condo door on a regular basis to supervise partying teenagers. I rent out two condos on a weekly basis in Ocean City through an online site.
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