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Proposed demolition sparks allegations of intimidation in Mount Vernon

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A developer has proposed to demolish the above garage at 12 East Eager Street.

Baltimore residents opposed to the demolition of a fire-damaged building in the Mount Vernon historic district could face questioning from a developer’s lawyer over letters they wrote, a process some say amounts to intimidation.

At issue is a decision before the Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation regarding an application to raze a fire-damaged garage at 12 East Eager Street. The city received seven letters in opposition to demolition.

At a June meeting, a lawyer for the developer said he wanted to cross-examine the authors of the letters before a decision was reached. The request delayed the ruling, and some residents decried it.

“This is intimidation,” said Drew Rieger, a member of the Mount Vernon Belvedere Association’s Architectural Review Committee and one of the letter-writers. “Why are they making private citizens jump through more hoops in order to express an opinion?”

The back-and-forth highlights tensions between developers and neighborhood residents and preservationists in some parts of the city.

Rieger said he wrote the letter in part to avoid aggressive actions by lawyers.

Last year, developer Larry Jennings sued Clipper Mill residents after they voiced opposition to his projects at the preservation board and planning commission. Even though Jennings’ suit was dismissed, Rieger said, he didn’t want to open himself up to a potential lawsuit for testifying in public the way the Clipper Mill residents did.

Rieger was among several letter-writing residents informed by a city employee that they should be prepared to virtually attend a July 13 meeting of the preservation commission so they could be cross-examined by the developer’s attorney, or the views in their letters may be disregarded. 

MCB Real Estate replaces ValStone Partners as lead developer of Clipper Mill

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The Clipper Mill community has a new lead developer after ValStone Partners sold its interest in several key parcels there to another local developer.

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