Marriott goes mobile for job seekers

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Plans for Eva-Mar development withdrawn

The concept plan for a continuing care retirement community and 120-home residential development on a former farm east of Bel Air has been pulled from the agenda for the Feb. 5 meeting of the Harford County Development Advisory Committee, to redraw the plans after an outpouring of opposition from communities surrounding the property. (Balt. Sun)

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The Valley Inn is back in business

More than three years after its closing, the Valley Inn is back in business. Now owned by Ted Bauer, the owner and operator of the Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, the landmark on Falls Road just north of the beltway had its newly remodeled pub open for business last weekend. The pub is the first space to open under the Valley Inn’s new ownership, but there's more to come, including a separate raw bar area and a full-scale dining room. (Balt. Sun)

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Jan. 27 // Developer eyes outlet mall along I-95 in White Marsh

A Baltimore-based developer is seeking to build an outlet mall with more than 100 stores in White Marsh — just across Interstate 95 from White Marsh Mall and The Avenue at White Marsh. Paragon Outlet Partners wants Baltimore County officials to allow changes to a previous plan for the 88-acre site that sought more than 1,200 housing units plus office space in a mixed-use development called Nottingham Ridge. (Balt. Sun)

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Social Security pulls out of downtown Baltimore's West side

A move nearly 10 years in the making starts Monday as the Social Security Administration begins relocating 1,600 employees from a massive facility near Lexington Market to a new, trimmer facility uptown. The agency's departure creates a vacuum in an area where stalled developments and ongoing concerns about safety threaten to undermine renewal brought by the expansion of the University of Maryland, new apartments and a nascent arts district anchored by the Hippodrome and Everyman theaters. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's new waiver could lead to scramble for nursing homes and rehab centers to pair with hospitals

Like tweens at a middle school dance, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities may soon be scrambling to pair off. Maryland’s new hospital payment system will require hospitals to work more closely with nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, doctors and other community-based health services. When it comes to nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, hospitals will likely look to partner with facilities that have similar specialty areas, operate on the same electronic records system or are in other ways compatible, said Joseph DeMattos, president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Businesses support runway expansion in Westminster

A safer landing area and increased usage are a couple of the benefits businesses say would occur if the runway at the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster is expanded as planned. In April 2013, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted to reverse an earlier decision and expand the runway and move it northwest of the current one. Businesses currently located at the airport say there are a lot of positives with the decision. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Cove Point project opponents raise safety concerns

The way energy company Dominion sees it, exporting liquefied natural gas from its Southern Maryland complex wouldn't be that big of a shift from the importing it does now. Same pipes, same storage tanks, same terminal. But the project at Cove Point strikes opponents as a sea change. Now those fighting the proposal on environmental grounds are joining forces with some Calvert County residents worried about hazards from the liquefied natural gas, or LNG, which on rare occasions has caused deadly fires or explosions. Dominion wants to convert natural gas to its chilled liquid form at the expanded facility — which will cost as much as $3.8 billion — before it's exported in a process the company said is safe. (Balt. Sun)

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