"It's not one or the other. It's one Baltimore," she said.

City Councilman James B. Kraft, whose district includes Harbor Point, said he wants to turn his focus toward environmental and traffic concerns presented by the project.

"Now that the emotionalism is set aside, we can really get into those areas," he said.

Soil and groundwater at the site are riddled with toxic chromium entombed beneath a "cap" up to 5 feet thick of clean soil, plastic, clay and gravel, according to government records. Workers will have to create a series of temporary openings in the cap to drive more than 1,000 pilings deep into the ground to support the building. They will dig through the clean dirt on top and peel back the plastic liner to expose contaminated soil beneath.

The developer and state and federal agencies have scheduled a public meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Morgan Stanley building to present plans for the Exelon project and take questions.

In a news conference after the vote, Rawlings-Blake thanked Young for showing "an incredible amount of leadership." Celebrating the legislative victory, the mayor pledged more development in the years ahead.

She turned to Beatty.

"I'm looking forward to more projects," she said.



The vote

Here's how council members voted on the bill to award $107 million in public financing for the Harbor Point development:

Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, yes

James B. Kraft, 1st District, yes

Brandon M. Scott, 2nd District, yes

Robert Curran, 3rd District, yes

Bill Henry, 4th District, no

Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, 5th District, yes

Sharon Green Middleton, 6th District, no

Nick Mosby, 7th District, yes