How do local Md. governments spend money from speed cameras? Here’s what AAA found out.

Driver and transportation advocacy group AAA analyzed how local governments in Maryland spend money collected from speed camera fines and found that it goes to support a range of items and services not always tied to safety. AAA said the money helps to pay for fingerprint scanners, law enforcement dogs, fees for data storage of body-worn camera video and license plate reader equipment. (Wash Post)

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Lyft will give low-cost rides from ‘food deserts’ in Prince George’s Co. to grocery stores

Some residents in Prince George’s County, Maryland, who live too far from a full-service grocery store could get a ride, courtesy of Lyft. The ride-hailing service has partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank to launch what it calls the “Grocery Access Program.” It aims to help those living in “food deserts” — a term for areas that lack a full-service grocery store. (WTOP)

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Maryland hemp farmers find 'unified voice' with new business coalition

Some Maryland farmers are looking to form a new trade association and present a unified front as lawmakers build rules around a new state industry — hemp. The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill last year allowing for the establishment of a research pilot program for industrial hemp. The measure was enabled by the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill at the federal level that loosened regulations around farming hemp, which is derived from the cannabis plant. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Greenspring buys 5.5-acre Gould Street waterfront site

Greenspring Realty Partners, Inc. has bought a 5.5-acre waterfront site at 2105 Gould St. in Baltimore for $3.525 million, the commercial real estate investment company announced Thursday. The site, which contains the defunct Gould Street Power Plant, features 400 feet of water frontage, a deep water berth and a bulkhead. It was formerly owned by Exelon Corporation and is adjacent to the Port Covington development. (Daily Record)


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Cordish Cos., FanDuel announce partnership to bring sports betting to casinos

The Cordish Cos. is moving into sports betting through a new deal with bookmaker FanDuel. The Baltimore-based developer of casinos, hotels and entertainment districts — including downtown's Power Plant Live and the Live Casino & Hotel in Anne Arundel County — announced on Thursday a strategic partnership with FanDuel that will bring fantasy and sports betting operations to its properties around the country. (Balt Bus Journal)


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The Purple Line could endanger up to 17,000 affordable homes. A new action plan IDs ways to preserve them.

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties need to take action now to preserve 17,000 affordable homes along the path of the Purple Line, according to a new action plan developed by a coalition of public and private sector groups. The Purple Line Corridor Coalition rolled out a new document Thursday detailing the steps local officials need to take to simultaneously take advantage of the development opportunities created by the new light rail line, designed to link Bethesda and New Carrollton, while also protecting existing affordable homes. (Wash Bus)

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Baltimore's November home listings hit lowest level of the decade as prices soar

Median sales prices in the Baltimore metro area hit a 10-year high for November while inventory hit its lowest level of the decade, according to a new report released Wednesday. The new November record of $274,950 is a 3.9% increase over last year, according to the report, which used data provided by MarketStats by ShowingTime based on listing activity from Bright MLS. It is part of a monthly series that shows a snapshot of home sales and residential listings in Baltimore and its surrounding jurisdictions: Baltimore, Howard, Harford, Carroll and Anne Arundel counties. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Former Fells Point bridal shop to become apartments, retail

A Fells Point bridal shop that was destroyed in a fire more than three years ago will be demolished to make way for commercial space and apartments. Plans for the former Bridal Fashions by Niko at 1707 Eastern Ave. were presented to the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation Tuesday and show a three-story brick building with commercial space on the first floor and residential units on the upper stories. The developer, 1707 Nemo LLC, originally came before the city board in April and received approval to renovate and add to the building, which extends back from Eastern Avenue and has an L-shaped addition that wraps around to front South Regester Street. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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