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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2010
Baltimore's economic-development arm said Tuesday that it is requesting proposals from firms for a mixed-use redevelopment of five properties in the Pigtown neighborhood. The properties — at 925, 927, 929, 931 and 937 Washington Blvd. — are a mix of commercial and residential space. The Baltimore Development Corp. said it wants developers to propose plans that will anchor the Pigtown/Washington Village Business District. The quasi-public agency wants to see proposals to rehabilitate the buildings "to the largest extent possible.
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By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
J.J. Reidy boarded a garish yellow RV parked in Harbor East and shared a vision: vast greenhouses in Baltimore raising produce to feed thousands, the plants feeding on nutrients from the waste of fish swimming in nearby tanks. In two minutes and 35 seconds of video time, the graduate business student and would-be entrepreneur delivered the pitch he fashioned with his business partner, Julie Buisson, wrapping it up with a punchy closing line: "We believe we can feed our city in our city.
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BUSINESS
April 8, 2010
The Baltimore Development Corp. is seeking proposals for five city-owned properties on the west side of downtown, including the former site of The Peanut Shoppe at Lexington and Liberty streets. The quasi-public development agency has set July 6 as the deadline for "qualified developers" to submit proposals for: 124 N. Liberty St.; and 101, 103, 114 and 116-120 W. Lexington St. BDC President M.J. "Jay" Brodie said some of the buildings are being readvertised, others are being put out for bid for the first time, and all are being offered in "as is" condition.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
To many, Annapolis is a Colonial town, with its 1700s architecture and its links to four signers of the Declaration of Independence. But the state's capital also played an important role in the Civil War - a history that may coincide with a controversial present-day development proposal. Local historians and history buffs believe they've found evidence that thousands of Union soldiers who had been captured and then paroled by the Confederates were once housed at a site off Forest Drive.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2010
Now that Health Care for the Homeless has moved to a new headquarters on the east side of downtown Baltimore, the Baltimore Development Corp. is helping the agency sell its former location on the west side. The quasi-public development corporation announced Monday that it has set June 7 as the deadline for proposals from developers interested in redeveloping the former Health Care for the Homeless building at 111 Park Ave. The development agency also is seeking proposals for five city-owned properties on the same block: 142 and 144 W. Fayette St. and 102, 104 and 106 N. Liberty St. It intends to award all six properties to one team as one parcel for a mixed-use development, which could include housing, offices, retail space or a hotel.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
The city Wednesday asked for proposals from developers for about a dozen city-owned parcels in a state-designated historic district on the west side, where many blocks have lain dormant for years. The Baltimore Development Corp.'s two requests for proposals include four buildings in the middle of the 400 block of N. Howard St. and nine buildings and an open lot in an area roughly bounded by Park Avenue and Liberty, Clay and Marion streets. Responses can target individual properties or describe plans for wholesale development of the clusters, a choice city officials said they have opened in response to private sector interest in smaller-scale projects, which can be easier to finance.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz | March 4, 2010
On the day that Washington began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a Maryland Senate committee heard a proposal that would bar the state from recognizing such unions. Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, wants to override an opinion issued last week by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler saying that the state should extend benefits and rights to same-sex couples lawfully married elsewhere. Same-sex marriages currently are not legal in Maryland, but senators on Wednesday also considered a plan by Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., a Montgomery County Democrat, to legalize them.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
The Baltimore Development Corp. is requesting proposals for the former "balloon site" at 701 E. Baltimore Street after receiving a new, unsolicited plan for the site from The Cordish Cos. -- the Baltimore development firm that until recently held the development rights for the property. Cordish gained the right to build on the site in 2005. But Cordish's exclusive negotiating privilege for the property has expired, said Kim Clark, the BDC's acting president. Because Cordish recently submitted a new plan for the site, the BDC issued on Friday another request for proposals, she said.
NEWS
May 24, 2014
Republican Ron George releases the first commercial in his campaign for governor, an introductory spot that also chronicles his opposition to tax increases. What the ad says : George a two-term state delegate from Anne Arundel County, is shown with family members and at a jewelry store he owns in Annapolis. In one frame, he is with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who is raising an arm and smiling, though Ehrlich has not endorsed anyone in the race for governor. "He did not aspire to be in government, but when his community called, he stepped up to the plate," a voice-over says.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
September 27, 2014
Thirty-second TV spots by Democrat Anthony Brown and the Democratic Governors Association deliver remarkably similar messages portraying Larry Hogan as someone opposed to abortion even in cases of rape or incest. The ads tie Hogan to long-ago proposals. What the ads say : The Brown spot opens with the question "Who is Larry Hogan?" It answers with a series of statements about Hogan's stance on abortion, asserting that Hogan opposes a woman's right to choose and wants to ban abortion in cases of rape and incest.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
The senior population will grow dramatically over the next several years and that makes proposals for accommodating the increasing numbers of older adults an important story. Yet The Sun chose not to cover Howard County executive candidate Courtney Watson's proposal for improving senior services in the county. As an active advocate on older adult issues, I am impressed with Mr. Watson's ideas and think the people of Howard County deserve to know what they are. It's ironic that The Sun, which often complains about a lack of substance in political campaigns, missed an opportunity to write about substantive proposals by a substantial candidate.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
Running a medical marijuana operation could cost each grower more than $125,000 a year in fees, a sum so steep some officials believe it may shut out small businesses. Maryland's medical marijuana commission is tentatively proposing that fee for each of the 15 potential growers envisioned for the state's new program. The panel also is recommending a $40,000-a-year charge for dispensaries, according to a draft plan expected to be released for public comment Wednesday. Those license fees - atop as much as $6,000 in application fees - would finance the state's nascent medical marijuana program.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
A state panel on Tuesday hashed out more of the nitty-gritty details to create a medical marijuana industry from scratch, but some key points remained unresolved as the commission nears a deadline next week. Maryland's Medical Marijuana Commission plans to release Wednesday a second draft of regulations to create the program. Those 81-pages of rules have been reshaped after the first draft came under fire at a public hearing last month. Among the many changes in the new draft: removing a provision that would have effectively outlawed a grower or dispensary operation within Baltimore city limits.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Two Annapolis aldermen are asking their city council colleagues to denounce the views of a candidate for County Council - even though the candidate is running for a district that doesn't include Annapolis. Alderman Kenny Kirby and Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, both Democrats, will introduce a resolution at Monday night's city council meeting regarding Republican Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka and what they say are his "extremist views on civil rights and public education.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
A Baltimore County Council vote on a development proposal for the former Seagram's whiskey distillery in Dundalk was postponed this week because the public wasn't given proper notice of the scheduled vote, county officials said. A resolution pending before the council and initially scheduled for a vote Tuesday would have authorized county agencies to review plans for Brewery Station, a project that would include nearly 200 townhomes on the Sollers Point Road property. The development group includes developer John Vontran and the Powers Companies.
EXPLORE
December 3, 2011
WESTMINSTER - Carroll County's Delegation in the General Assembly will hold its annual public hearing on proposed county legislation on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Office Building, room 003, 225 N. Center St, Westminster State senators and delegates who represent the county in Annapolis will discuss proposed legislation for the 2012 General Assembly session, which begins in January. Among the proposals will be an updated map for Carroll County Commissioner districts.
NEWS
September 1, 2014
The lack of coherent rules for access to medical marijuana in Maryland is beyond absurd ( "Pot as medicine," Aug. 27). Medical marijuana has already been successfully implemented in many states across the country. Is Maryland so different that we can't adopt the same policies in use by other states? While there have been abuses of the system, they are relatively rare and non-threatening. Extending the logic applied by the Maryland commission on medical marijuana, we should ban swimming pools - responsible for hundreds of injuries and deaths every year - reduce the highway speed limit to 25 mph and make countless other changes to state law. Obviously, that's not the answer.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
A state commission meeting this week to draft rules governing access to medical marijuana by patients and physicians has left advocates for the drug's therapeutic use wondering whether it will ever become available to those who need it. The commissioners need to balance the scientific and medical issues raised by medical marijuana against the legal constraints imposed by state and federal statutes. But in trying to walk a fine line between the two, the panel appears to have crafted rules that in some instances are so restrictive that many patients with illnesses that could be treated with the drug may never be able to get it. That would defeat the whole purpose of Maryland's medical marijuana law, which has already been delayed once since its passage in 2013.
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