Washington County home sales, prices rise in July

After a flat June, Washington County home sales and prices rose by double-digit rates in July. For Maryland as a whole, home sales rose by 1.4 percent. Meanwhile, the average price grew by 2 percent to $338,567, according to the monthly report issued by Maryland Realtors. “The residential sales market is exhibiting the characteristics of a typical summer market,” Shelly Murray, Maryland Realtors president, said in a news release. “It’s not unusual for the sales activity to slow down during the summer months. (Herald-Mail)

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August 11 // Hogan, Pugh tour State Center, discuss alternative plans

Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Catherine Pugh toured the stalled State Center development in Baltimore Thursday afternoon, lamenting the lack of progress at the site as a legal battle between the state and the company that planned to develop it rages on. The $1.5 billion redevelopment was supposed to provide a badly needed economic boost for the city’s west side. But it has dragged on for years without progress in part due to several lawsuits. The state Board of Public Works scuttled the most recent version of the project in December after more than a decade of planning, negotiations and litigation. (Balt. Sun)

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Plan for natural gas pipeline under Potomac River in Western Maryland draws scrutiny

A proposed 3.5-mile underground natural gas pipeline crossing far below the Potomac River in Western Maryland would provide a critical link, proponents say, between gas producers in Pennsylvania and manufacturers in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. But opponents are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of the Environment to reject the project because it would carry gas produced by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a practice state lawmakers voted to ban, while also threatening a river that provides drinking water to millions. (Balt. Sun)

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Here's a glimpse of a $20M investment in Coppin Heights — the first there in decades

The first new development in Coppin Heights in decades was unveiled before the city design panel Thursday. The Walbrook Mill project will sit on a total of five acres of urban land now dotted partially with decrepit and blighted buildings. Phase 2 of the project will be located at the vacant site of the former Walbrook Lumber yard that closed in 2009 in the 2600 block of North Ave. It is part of a massive plan to redevelop North Avenue, one of the city's most traveled, yet blighted, corridors. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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College-focused app wins 2017 Carroll Biz Challenge

After previous frustrations and months of practice, bookSwap won big at the 2017 Carroll Biz Challenge on Thursday night. The team, made up of Brandon Cortese, Hunter Metcalf and Dajuan Price, designed an app to help college students connect to sell used textbooks and offer services like tutoring. They hope to spread across colleges in Maryland and eventually go nationwide. They took home the grand prize, worth $7,500 in cash, plus other prizes — consulting, marketing, retail space and more — that valued at nearly $13,000. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Open house on controversial Mason-Dixon power line project draws robust crowd

Opponents to the proposed regional power line project that will run through part of northern Harford County had their tables set up on the walkway leading to the front entrance of Norrisville Elementary School on Wednesday evening. They handed out fliers attacking the project and asked visitors to sign a petition against it, which many people did. Meanwhile, inside the school, Transource Energy, which is building the Independence Energy Connection to boost power transmission through the regional grid, hosted an open house during which some 25 company representatives welcomed the steady stream of people that came to find out more about the project. (Balt. Sun)

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Construction begins on new Annapolis Yacht Club

Construction of the new Annapolis Yacht Club began last week and will bring with it a two-story addition as well as exterior and interior changes to the fire-ravaged property. Completion isn't expected until next summer. Yacht club commodore Debbie Gosselin wouldn't get specific, as variables could change the move-in date. Renovations, along with moving the elevator inside and moving a staircase outside, will add a sprinkler system and all interior furnishings will be new. (Capital)

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University of Maryland Medical unveils plans for $100M outpatient center

Plans for a new $100 million outpatient center would now include three floors of inpatient rooms at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Midtown Campus, architects showed a city design panel Thursday. The university's Midtown medical campus — located at the former Maryland General Hospital site near State Center— has been undergoing a renewal and expansion, which led to long-standing plans for an ambulatory care or outpatient center. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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