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City spending panel agrees to split costs with CSX on 26th Street repairs

Baltimore's spending board on Wednesday approved an agreement with CSX Transportation to split the cost of a new retaining wall to replace the one that collapsed in April along East 26th Street in Charles Village.

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young was the lone "no" vote as the five-member Board of Estimates approved the deal. Young has said the railroad should pay the entire cost.

"He is disappointed with the deal the city negotiated," Young's spokesman, Lester Davis, said.

The project is projected to cost about $15 million, but a final tally won't be known until construction is complete. CSX will pay half the costs, up to $10 million, and the city will pay the rest.

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