Baltimore lawmakers called on Gov. Larry Hogan Friday to drop the state's lawsuit against the developer of the $1.5 billion State Center project and come to the table to discuss how to get the midtown development plan back on track.
"This community was supposed to be the renaissance of the new West Baltimore," she said. "There has not been anything in 14 years. That's a long time to make a dream deferred."
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.
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.