The Department of General Services and the Department of Transportation, joined by the project's developers, are petitioning the state's highest court to bypass the intermediate appellate court and hear the appeal quickly.
In 2010, a group of business owners and landlords filed suit, alleging that the development contracts were illegitimate. Those contracts should have followed Maryland procurement laws, they argued.
Two weeks ago, Judge Handy agreed, issuing the ruling that found the contracts void. Her decision effectively killed the current plans for the project, which call for a mixed-use overhaul of a 28-acre site that houses several state agencies.
The State Center redevelopment has been in the pipeline since the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.