The Baltimore City Planning Commission on Thursday voted wholeheartedly to approve the design of the Rotunda redevelopment project, giving developer Hekemian & Co. the go-ahead to break ground in late May or early June.
"Go forth and build," commission Chairman Wilbur Cunningham told Chris Bell, a Hekemian senior vice president, after the 8-0 vote, with one member absent.
"It feels great to have this behind us," Bell said.
"This is really the first and last body of Baltimore City required to pass this," said City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who testified at the hearing. Clarke said City Council approval is not required. The city's...