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What the Sun Didn’t Report

In an otherwise good piece on Shelia Dixon, Ronald Lipscomb, and the redevelopment of the Uplands in Southwest Baltimore; Sun reporter John Fritze left out an important tidbit of information from this section of the article.

Despite the review panel’s preference, Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano recommended in June of last year that the Uplands project – a plan to convert 100 acres of vacant buildings into 1,100 new apartments, houses and condominiums – be overseen by Philadelphia-based Pennrose Properties. Dixon held a news conference the next month to announce Pennrose would get the job.The team also includes Bethesda-based home builder EYA and a firm called Uplands Partners – a consortium including Doracon, Banks Contracting Company, Harrison Developers and Ambridge LLC, according to the city. Others involved in the project include the Cryor Group and former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne K. Curry.

What is the Cryor Group? The Cryor Group LLC is a consulting firm owned by Michael Cryor, who just happens to be the Chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party. Got that straight now Griffiths!

According the Gazette:

Cryor’s company, The Cryor Group, now has only a single client, Forest City Science and Technology Group of Cambridge, Mass., which is the primary developer of a biotechnology park at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He said he has no interest in expanding his client list now.

Why should Cryor expand when the development gig in Baltimore city pays handsome financial and political dividends.

What is it anyway with government favoritism and chairmen of the Maryland Democratic Party?






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