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An opportunity to rethink Pimlico is coming

Tim Ritvo, the chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, said in a news conference Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course before the 143rd Preaknessthat there are no plans on the table to invest more of the organization’s funds into the 148-year-old facility.

Reimagining Pimlico is indeed an opportunity — for Northwest Baltimore and the entire region, as Dan Rodricks points out (“On Pimlico and and Preakness, let’s ‘Do it now!’” May 26).

This task is being undertaken by the Maryland Stadium Authority. Its study will include “visioneering and concept development of an ‘ideal’ Preakness venue ... and assessing the site’s ability to accommodate various non-racing functions on a year-round basis.” The expected completion date is December.

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Pimlico race track and its neighboring communities would benefit from investment on the race track property — for racing and non-racing uses. A trendsetting racing facility and innovative use of the rest of the property for educational, commercial, recreational and health care purposes would spark a renaissance in the Park Heights community.

Community residents can express their views at a public meeting sponsored by the Stadium Authority on June 12 at 6 p.m. in the Pimlico Clubhouse.

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Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents District 41, Baltimore, in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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