Guinness gets liquor license for Baltimore County taproom

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House took another step forward as the brewer secured a liquor license for its planned Baltimore County taproom. The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County unanimously approved the on-premise consumption permit, the county said Wednesday. “This approval is a key next step in creating a world-class tourist destination that will bring new investment, new jobs, and an exciting brew experience,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, in a statement. Guinness maker Diageo plans to spend $50 million to turn its former Seagram’s bottling plant in Relay into a brewery and taproom that could employ 70 people. (Balt. Sun)

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No licenses yet for Harford medical marijuana firms

No licenses have been issued for medical marijuana dispensaries, growers or processors based in Harford County, but the state's licensing process is beginning to pick up steam with final approvals granted for a handful of licenses earlier this week during a meeting of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission in Bel Air. The commission, which has been holding its meetings in different parts of the state, is scheduled to meet again in Bel Air on Aug. 28 regarding more final approvals. (Aegis)

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General Ship Repair to sell its Inner Harbor property to developer

General Ship Repair Corp., a mainstay on the Baltimore's waterfront for 93 years, is selling its coveted 2-acre property to a Cleveland developer. The Locust Point shipyard, one of the last icons of the city's industrial heyday, could be redeveloped into luxury housing, said Cary Lynch, a vice president at General Ship Repair, a fourth generation owner of the company. General Ship Repair is in talks to sell the site at 1449 Key Highway to NRP Group. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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European aluminum maker Constellium to move U.S. offices to downtown Baltimore

A European aluminum manufacturer plans to relocate its U.S. corporate offices from New York to Baltimore. Constellium US Holdings II LLC, whose parent company is headquartered in Amsterdam, already has started moving workers into its new office at 300 East Lombard Street. At least 25 senior management and executives — a combination of new hires and relocated employees — will be based there by the end of 2018, according to Constellium. (Balt. Sun)

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First Annapolis Junction Town Center residents move in

The first residents moved into the residential portion of the Somerset Construction Co. and Armada Hoffler’s transit-oriented development Annapolis Junction Town Center in Howard County this week. The five-story Residences at Annapolis Junction consist of 416 luxury apartments with a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units. (Daily Record)

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Harford seeks to sell off Bel Air 'tire lot' and property in Street

Three Harford County-owned properties, including two that make up the former "tire lot" in downtown Bel Air, are slated to become surplus — pending County Council approval — and transferred to new owners. That declaration will pave the way for the county to seek proposals to redevelop a parking lot that sits along Bel Air's main downtown corridors. "It's one of the few remaining undeveloped lots in the downtown area," Cindy Mumby, spokesperson for the county government, said Tuesday night. The third property is in Street, an "isolated parcel" the county does not need anymore, according to Mumby. (Aegis)

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Iconic Boardwalk Dumser's facing wrecking ball in Ocean City

A century-old iconic Boardwalk property is poised for demolition by the end of this year after a Worcester County Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of Ocean City last month. The decision ends a dispute over ownership of land the Dumser's Dairyland building sits upon. Judge Dale Cathell ruled that Nathans Associates had no valid claim to the property after a previous lease with the town expired last year. Nathans Associates are the heirs to the original property owner of the location where Dumser's Dairyland ice cream parlor resides on the east side of the Boardwalk at South Division Street. (Daily Times)

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August 16 // Even as Trump shoots back, Under Armour CEO’s departure from panel may aid brand, analysts say

President Donald J. Trump labeled Under Armour founder Kevin Plank and several other CEOs as “grandstanders” for resigning from a White House advisory committee, but analysts say the exits may help their brands. “If you’re a corporation that either employs or has a customer base that has more liberal or centrist values, being on a Trump committee is a liability,” said Maurice Schweitzer, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. (Balt. Sun)

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