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Listen to the Baltimore Sun's Dan Rodricks and Caroline Moore, CEO of Ekistics, the Baltimore development firm and leader developer of State Center discuss Maryland’s governor, comptroller and treasurer — the state’s Board of Public Works — vote to cancel the $1.5 billion State Center redevelopment plan on mid-town Baltimore’s west side, a project 10 years in the making.
The spurned developer of State Center is trying to keep the pressure on Gov. Larry Hogan, after the state moved to cancel a deal that would have overhauled a large section of mid-town Baltimore with new shops, residences and offices for state workers.
"At a time when State Center could be contributing to the city's depleted tax base, we are instead wasting money on inactivity and a politically motivated lawsuit filed by the State against the development team. There is too much at stake for the community of West Baltimore, the entire city, and the state for us not to come together."
Our community could only watch as Governor Hogan slipped a last-minute agenda item into the final Board of Public Works’ meeting of 2016, pulling the plug on the State Center Redevelopment Project. With little explanation and no public comment, the State of Maryland flushed a project down the drain, taking a lot more down with it than most realize.
State Center LLC today launched a statewide radio campaign to raise awareness of Governor Hogan’s anti-business and anti-Baltimore actions.
The suite of ads, which will begin running today, outline the multitude of facts that point to Hogan’s lack of interest in providing funding or support to Baltimore, as well as his anti-business political actions.
The Sun hit the nail on the head in its editorial last month bemoaning the effect on the city of Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to cancel Maryland's contracts for the renovation of the State Center office complex on Baltimore's West Side. We share The Sun's view, and add our voices to the chorus by expanding on 1) the history of State Center's community impact and engagement; 2) our grave concerns for job loss; and 3) the arena red herring. We close with requests of the governor, in the belief that concerns must be paired with solutions.
For generations, residents in West Baltimore, particularly those from the communities nestled between Midtown and North Avenue, have waited for the same opportunities given to other areas of the city. Opportunities defined by the three Rs--renew, redevelop and revitalize.
“The people of Baltimore have waited long enough for the redevelopment of State Center,” Young wrote. “I would also request that you keep your commitment to the citizens of Baltimore by improving the deplorable conditions in the State’s building and keeping the 3,000 State Center jobs in the city.”
“To be able to lift up the people, that redevelopment is on the rise, that the rebirth of a community on the rise, and then not see that happen ... we should not foster in people’s minds that it takes years, and years, and years for progress to happen. ... We need progress in west Baltimore" -Rev. Alvin Hathaway of Union Baptist Church
“Not only should the Mayor be worried about the jobs that are draining out of State Center as we speak,
but there should be a universal outcry for the loss of $1.5 billion in private investment for West Baltimore...”
"It validates some of the extremely grave concerns that I have about what is going on," Costello said. "I genuinely believe that the governor's plan is to move those jobs outside of the city."
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