Is Baltimore Open for Business?

One of Governor Hogan’s key messages is that “Maryland is open for business.” His commitment to fiscally responsible growth should be commended. However, his arbitrarily pulling-the-plug on large projects with profound long-term benefits calls into question the State’s reliability as a business partner. In this case, I refer to State Center.

Melissa Heuer
State Center developer seeks meeting with Gov. Hogan

"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."

Melissa Heuer
Saying “NO” to State Center is Saying “NO” to Baltimore

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.

Melissa Heuer
State Center LLC Takes to Airwaves and Streets, Calling on Governor Hogan to End his Anti-Business and Anti-Baltimore Political Games

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. 

Melissa Heuer
Costello and Hayes: Don't give up on State Center

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.

Melissa Heuer
West Baltimore Community Ready for Revival

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. 

Melissa Heuer
State Center developer rallies support for reeling project

“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

Melissa Heuer
Q&A with Caroline Moore, CEO of Ekistics

Q&A with Caroline Moore, CEO of Ekistics a Baltimore-based development firm with deep expertise in urban infill and adaptive re-use projects and the lead developer of the State Center mixed use development project in Baltimore, Maryland - See more at: http://baltimore.citybizlist.com/article/398178/qa-with-caroline-moore-ceo-of-ekisticsa#sthash.wTLqdlCY.dpuf

Melissa Heuer
10 Years On, the State Center Redevelopment Is Stalled. Again.

Ten years ago, developers were asked by the administration of Gov. Bob Ehrlich to suggest a plan to upgrade and revitalize the state offices in a way that would also revitalize the surrounding West Baltimore neighborhoods. Gov. Ehrlich got the ball rolling and his successor, Gov. Martin O’Malley, kept it spinning, but it’s been rolling very slowly, and it has encountered more than a few bumps.  

Twenty-six million dollars later -- after many public hearings and multiple approvals at various stages by various state agencies, the project is shovel-ready. The Hogan Administration, however, is apparently not ready. Why not?

Melissa Heuer
State Center's departure

Canceling a $1.5 billion economic development project in midtown Baltimore, a city in desperate need of jobs and investment, ought to raise somebody's hackles, or has the city simply run out of defenders in Annapolis? 

Melissa Heuer