State sues de­vel­oper over Bal­ti­more devel­op­ment project

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The state of Mary­land has gone to court to re­ject a $1.5 bil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment plan for a large state of­fice com­plex in Bal­ti­more.

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Ho­gan, said Thurs­day the law­suit filed against State Cen­ter LLC in Bal­ti­more City Cir­cuit Court sig­nals how se­ri­ous the ad­min­is­tra­tion is about mov­ing for­ward with a vi­able plan.

The state filed the law­suit Wed­nes­day, af­ter the Board of Pub­lic Works voted to end the lease agree­ments on the lan­guish­ing plan, cit­ing high debt as­so­ci­ated with it.

Michael Ed­ney, an at­tor­ney for the de­vel­oper, said af­ter the board’s vote that the de­vel­oper plans to sue the state, be­cause it’s con­trac­tu­ally bound to the leases can­celed by the board.

The state’s law­suit asks the court to de­clare the leases in­valid.

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