Intense Harbor Point Debate Could Scare Developers Away From Future Projects

The "vitriolic" debate over Harbor Point's $107 million tax-increment financing plan this summer has sparked fear that developers could be scared off from future projects and indicates residents don't think the city has a clear plan for incentivizing development, city officials said Tuesday. Those and other concerns were aired during a Baltimore Efficiency & Economy Foundation Inc. meeting that offered the first opportunity to begin distilling the public's response to the massive incentive package offered to Harbor Point developer Beatty Development Group LLC. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Federal Authorities Shut Down Pikesville-Based Direct Movers

Federal authorities have shut down a moving company that had been subject of a WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team investigation. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pikesville-based Direct Movers Inc. was shut down and inactivated for failing to comply with a demand from federal authorities for records involving a shipment being held hostage. (WBAL-TV)

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City Reverses Subdivision Of Citizens-Montevue Land

The Frederick County Board of County Commissioners will need to retrace its steps when pursuing the privatization of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living facility. The city's Zoning Board of Appeals voted Tuesday to reverse the city Planning Commission's decision to subdivide the land. The land the centers sit upon must be subdivided from the rest of the parcel they are on in order for the county to sell the land and privatize the centers. (News-Post)

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Bloomberg Report Makes Camden Yards The Poster Child For Bad Stadium Deals

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a $210 million albatross that wiped out nearby businesses, increased unemployment and crime, failed to live up to economic development promises and burdened taxpayers with debt while enriching team owners. That's the gist of a Bloomberg report centered around Camden Yards that warns of the perils of public financing for stadiums. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Howard Farmers Markets Close For Season, Two Permanently

The Howard County farmers markets wrapped up their season last week, but at two of the markets, vendors packed up their trucks for the last time. Sarah Keckler, of Orchard County Produce and Fruit Farm in Gardners, Pa., said vendors received a letter from the Howard County Farmers Market Board the first week in November, notifying them of the closing of the Thursday market at the East Columbia Library and the Saturday market at the Glenwood Library. "After looking at other municipalities in the area, it appears too many markets are hurting our markets and producers," the letter read. (Balt. Sun)

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Nov. 26 // Men's Wearhouse shareholders working to restart talks with Jos. A. Bank

Hoping to breathe new life into Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.'s failed $2.3 billion bid for Men's Wearhouse Inc., investors pressuring others to join a campaign to restart merger talks. Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank walked away from a deal earlier this month after the Men's Wearhouse board rebuffed its $48-a-share offer, and prevented it from conducting due diligence. But the retailer's comments that it still felt a deal was in the best interest of shareholders for both companies has resonated with investors. (Balt. Sun)

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Gas pipeline project wins federal approval

Columbia Gas Transmission said Monday that it expects to begin work on a 21-mile pipeline through Baltimore and Harford counties next year after winning federal approval for the $180 million project, which drew heated opposition from neighbors. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized the company to extend an existing line from Owings Mills to Fallston, built largely alongside another line. Columbia Gas said the project would improve safety and reliability because it would provide a backup method for transporting natural gas when the other line needed repairs. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery set to vote on minimum-wage hike, but devil remains in details

The Montgomery County Council appears poised to pass some form of legislation Tuesday raising the $7.25 an hour minimum wage. But as of Monday evening, the particulars of the final bill remained in flux. A flurry of new proposals and amendments continued to circulate among council members. The size of the raise, the length of time to phase it in, and the question of whether future increases will be tied to the consumer price index are all under negotiation. (Wash. Post)

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