Mondawmin Mall Becomes Focus of Currie Probe
The recently renovated Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore City took center stage in a federal probe of a prominent state senator the same day the city’s Mayor’s house was raided by state prosecutors.
The state prosecutors who raided Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s house early this morning, have also served subpoenas on the Baltimore Development Corp., the city’s development agency, which coincidently spearheaded the Mall’s multi-million renovation.
Within hours of the raid, a federal probe into Maryland state Sen. Ulysses Currie’s undisclosed consulting work for grocery chain Shoppers Food Warehouse had expanded from Prince George’s County to Shoppers’ new store in the recently renovated mall.
Juxtaposition of Investigations
The city’s development corp. financed 15 million of Mondawmin’s $68-million face lift with a loan backed by special city bonds called Tax Incremental Financing. In addition to this, Unfree State has found that the state also budgeted a $3.6 million loan from the Maryland Dept. of Business & Economic Development for the project.
The U.S. attorney’s office also has asked for documents from the Maryland Transit Administration, the State Highway Administration and the Motor Vehicle Administration. Two of the agencies own or lease property adjacent to the Mall in Baltimore, according to the Sun.
Whether both investigations will somehow intersect remains to be seen.