Businesses Work To Re-Green And Return Cleaner Water Into Baltimore’s Harbor

Baltimore rings its harbor with a lot of hard surfaces. “Buildings, roads, sidewalks, alleys and it’s about 45 percent impervious right now, and at that level aquatic life really struggles,” said Guy Hager,” Parks and People Foundation. When it rains, run-off doesn’t soak into the ground. Instead, it runs right into the Harbor, carrying pollutants with it. But people are quietly working: “To capture that water and treat it before it enters the storm drain system,” Hager said. (WJZ-TV)

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Planning Board Agrees To Waive Some Landscaping Requirements For National Golden Tissue Outlet

The Hagerstown Planning Commission informally agreed Wednesday night to waive some of the city’s landscaping requirements on property slated for National Golden Tissue’s new wholesale retail outlet. The renovation of the building is estimated to begin this spring, according to one of the project’s engineers. National Golden Tissue — represented at the commission hearing by Bill Pompeii of the Hagerstown engineering firm, Fox & Associates — had to receive the waivers to maintain the required amount of parking spaces for the Hagerstown property at 775 Frederick St. (Herald-Mail)

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Giovanni’s Owners Consider Selling Building To A Church, Leaving Edgewood

In its 33rd year, Giovanni's, the prominent Edgewood restaurant, might be moving elsewhere in Harford County, if its owners can sell their property to an adjacent church. The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Tabernacle of Praise, made the owners of Giovanni's, at 2101 Pulaski Highway, an offer to buy the restaurant so the church could expand into its facility, John Martino, of Giovanni's, said Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Developer backs out of Annapolis City Dock deal, says he's done with proposal

Facing public opposition and a new mayor who opposes his plans, developer Mark Ordan said he is done with his proposed redevelopment of the former Fawcett Boat Supplies building. Ordan and his investors canceled their proposed $20 million redevelopment of 110 Compromise St., the developer told The Capital. The election of Republican Mayor-elect Mike Pantelides sealed the decision, he said. (Capital)

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Nov. 14 // New Hammerjacks developer offers ambitious plan at Pigtown meeting

Developers of a revived Hammerjacks laid out their plans for a concert venue near M&T Bank Stadium at a community meeting in Pigtown as they court community support. The new Hammerjacks would be located in the 600 block of W. West St. in what is now parking lot N for Ravens games. The plans call for a 50,000-square-foot, two-story building with a capacity of 2,500 people and a parking garage with 350 spaces, and the developers said it will complement the new Horseshoe casino. (Balt. Sun)

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More Medicaid worth $2B to state 

State officials made the right choice by opting to expand Maryland’s Medicaid program, according to a recent report assessing the economic impact of the expansion, which takes effect in January. It seems counterintuitive that extending Medicaid eligibility to an additional 146,000 people would produce more than $2 billion in net savings for the state from 2014 to 2020 — and some health care providers are skeptical — but that’s exactly what the report’s authors say will happen through a combination of direct savings to Medicaid, new state revenue and reduced spending on other health care programs. (Daily Record)

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Corporate conservation takes root in South Baltimore

Sherwin-Williams is one of a handful of companies — some with checkered environmental records — that have signed on to spruce up their properties, part of a new initiative to enlist businesses, nonprofits and government agencies there in helping to boost the city's anemic tree canopy, attract more wildlife and restore its degraded urban waters. The Second Harbor project focuses on greening industrial lands in the lower Gwynns Falls, which flows into the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, the less developed, grittier adjunct to the Inner Harbor. (Balt. Sun)

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Giant Food, Safeway workers authorize strike against chains

Workers for Giant Food and Safeway in parts of Maryland, Virginia and Washington voted Wednesday to authorize a strike against the supermarket chains, saying management has refused to offer a fair labor contract. Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 voted overwhelmingly for the measure, which does not mean that a strike will occur but was meant to send a signal to the companies, the union said. (Balt. Sun)

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