Eastport Landing opponents, developers calling for city to clarify density decision

Both the developers of The Lofts at Eastport Landing and the project's opponents are calling on the city to provide more clarity on the number of allowable housing units for the retail and residential development. Annapolis Planning and Zoning Director Pete Gutwald contradicted a Monday statement by the Eastport Landing developers, Baltimore-based Solstice Partners. The company released a statement saying the planning director confirmed the project could have up to 106 residential units, fewer than the 127 originally proposed but not as low as the 61 units estimated by a residents' work group that examined the project's compliance with city code. (Capital)

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Appeals court sides with Anne Arundel County in Laurel Park dispute

Maryland's Court of Special Appeals has sided with Anne Arundel County in a lawsuit involving water and sewer allocations for redevelopment at the Laurel Park race track. In a decision dated Tuesday, the court ruled that the Laurel Racing Association, which owns the race track, owes the county $24.3 million as compensation for water and sewer capacity it reserved for the project in 2008. (Capital)

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Davis rebuilds operations units, redeploys more than 150 officers as Baltimore hits 200th homicide

After dismantling special operations units throughout the Baltimore Police Department amid a patrol shortage and a high-profile gun squad scandal four months ago, Commissioner Kevin Davis has reassigned more than 150 police officers and supervisors back onto similar teams. The 21 new “District Action Teams” — two for each of the city’s nine police districts, plus one each for the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor, the Monument Street corridor and the Tri-District area — began deploying this week amid the city’s violent crime crisis and intense debates about how to best address it. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County plans more Ellicott City flood control projects

Howard County is drawing up plans for new projects aimed at slowing and controlling stormwater in streams that flow through Ellicott City's historic district — the same streams that swelled into a deadly and damaging flood nearly one year ago. Four projects announced Wednesday will cost an estimated $18 million, with the county hoping to get financial help from the state and federal governments. (Balt. Sun)

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$1M settlement planned for family of Tyrone West

Baltimore officials said Wednesday they plan to pay the family of Tyrone West $600,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit alleging police misconduct and excessive force. The announcement came as state officials approved paying $400,000 to settle their share of the suit. The combined $1 million is to settle a suit filed after West died in 2013 during an altercation with police during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Revived Baltimore speed camera system to begin issuing $40 fines Monday

Baltimore will begin issuing speed camera tickets to motorists Monday for the first time since 2013, when the cameras were shut off amid accuracy concerns. Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau said 10 speed cameras will start issuing the $40 tickets. At the same time, eight red-light cameras will begin a month-long warning phase before they issue $75 tickets. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. approves $3.4M purchase of piney Somerset property

The Maryland Board of Public Works narrowly agreed Wednesday to spend $3.4 million to buy a large belt of forest and wetlands in Somerset County. The head of the state's Department of Natural Resources described the 1,664-acre tract, which fronts the west side of Route 13 along about 1¼  miles north of Princess Anne, as an "ideal purchase." If not set aside for preservation, the acreage could be carved up into as many as 77 home sites, Mark Belton said. (Daily Times)

 

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Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

Baltimore’s Creative Alliance announced Wednesday that it will tackle anti-Muslim bias by bringing a half-dozen renowned female Muslim performers to Baltimore. The “Nisa/Women” program — “Nisa" is the Arabic word for “women” — is funded by a $145,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The program will bring the six women here for at least three days to visit schools, participate in public conversations, collaborate with visiting artists and perform at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. (Balt. Sun)

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