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There have been a number of recent articles in The Sun regarding Port Covington's proposed redevelopment by Sagamore Development, a company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank.

Sagamore Development has requested that Baltimore City float a taxpayer-backed bond issue to cover $535 million in infrastructure improvements for the Port Covington project, citing, among other reasons, the thousands of temporary and permanent jobs it would create.

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While not condemning the project, Sun columnist Dan Rodricks recently suggested that Baltimore step back and appoint a nonpartisan panel of experts in finance, property development and urban planning to thoroughly study the company's proposals before the city acts on the bond issue.

The Sun recently reported on the problems with Baltimore's leaking sewage pipes and also the lack of safe water available in school water fountains. If city leaders really want to do something they should float the bond issue for $535 million and use the proceeds to start replacing the old sewage pipes and school water pipes so that children have safe water to drink.

Mr. Plank, Under Armour and Sagamore Development have billions of dollars and are quite capable of financing the Port Covington project themselves.

John C. Ulrich, Timonium

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