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Under Armour's value to city overhangs TIF debate

Under Armour's value to city overhangs TIF debate

When the developers of Harbor Point approached a downtown business group three years ago about supporting their request for public financing for the project, the organization's membership was torn.

But this year, when a team backed by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank started wooing allies for a similar request — except that it's about five times larger — there was little hesitation.

As a city vote on the request for $535 million in public financing nears, concerns about keeping the Baltimore-based athletic apparel company's growth in the city hang over the debate.

Though Plank's representatives from Under Armour and his private real estate firm, Sagamore...