Concerned about the possibility of 3,000 state employees leaving Baltimore, City Councilman Eric Costello wants Gov. Larry Hogan to come up with an acceptable development plan for the 28-acre State Center renewal area.
Costello on Monday night introduced a resolution urging Hogan to work with the city and neighborhood organizations to come up with a “mutually beneficial” plan for State Center. The Council unanimously approved the resolution.
“Be it resolved,” the measure states in part, “that the Council urges the Governor of Maryland to return to the negotiating table with members of the State Center Neighborhood Alliance, the community, and the City of Baltimore, to agree on a plan for redevelopment of the State Center complex that will be mutually beneficial for all parties involved, and will not result in the loss of nearly 3,000 jobs in the city.”
The governor has asked the Maryland Stadium Authority to study the feasibility of building a sports arena on the State Center property, instead of a $1.5 billion mixed-use development that had been in the works before December, when the state Board of Public Works voted to scrap the project. Hogan’s announcement fueled concerns that the state employees who currently work at State Center could be relocated outside the city.
Costello’s resolution notes that a 2006 “viability study” already concluded that State Center would be a poor candidate for an arena, “because of construction issues related to the Baltimore Metro tunnel and a lack of width between Eutaw Street and Madison Street.”