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This Land Is BDC's Land

Today the Baltimore Business Journal reported that the Baltimore Development Corp.—the city's quasi-public economic development engine—wants to use eminent domain to take 40 acres of South Baltimore land for redevelopment. No matter that several prosperous companies, including Allied Waste and Schuster Concrete Co., are operating in the project area, which the BBJ reports as being bounded by the "Middle Branch of the Patapsco River to the west and south, Hanover Street to the east, and Interstate 95 to the north." In order to make the transaction happen, the BDC needs the City Council to pass a bill that'll give it permission to use eminent domain to take the land from its current owners. Want more details on the proposed land grab? Check out the BDC's Spring 2006 Inside the Baltimore Development Corp. publication. Under the heading "Baltimore's Middle Branch: A Green Coast," the agency alludes to its need to face the fact that there will be a need for "land acquisition and business relocation" for the BDC to achieve its goals in that portion of the city.

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