Donald C. Fry

Baltimore leaders blast Pimlico owner for spending bulk of state renovation subsidies at Laurel Park

Baltimore leaders blast Pimlico owner for spending bulk of state renovation subsidies at Laurel Park

Baltimore residents, elected officials and others fighting for the revitalization of historic Pimlico Race Course blasted the racetrack’s owner Tuesday for investing the vast majority of its state renovation subsidies into its other horse racing track, Laurel Park.

Longtime community advocate Deborah Woolford said The Stronach Group’s spending showed the Pimlico owners “obviously don’t care” about the surrounding Park Heights neighborhood. City Councilman Brandon Scott, who grew up in Northwest Baltimore, called it a “direct slap in the face.” And Lisa Budlow, CEO of the nonprofit Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc., said it represented “a clear example of disinvestment in an area...

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