Baltimore's spending panel has approved a legal agreement with the state that will govern the multimillion-dollar plan to tear down 4,000 vacant houses and redevelop blighted sections of the city.
The approval of the memorandum of understanding on Wednesday was a key step in Gov. Larry Hogan's pledge to commit about $74 million in state money over four years to demolish vacant buildings in the city.
The Board of Estimates approved the agreement after lengthy negotiations among the city, the state and the Maryland Stadium Authority, which will oversee the demolition of vacant structures selected by city and state leaders.
Hogan announced the project with Mayor Stephanie...